The Friday is alive. The nightlife is bustling, work is done for the week and people are wrapped around the corner of the iconic Forum Theatre to see multiplatinum South African alt-rockers Seether. The mood from everyone was positive and electric well before doors even opened. Even before the opening act of the night hit the stage, the floor was full of people wanting to get as close to the action as possible.
Kicking of the night was Melbourne heavy-rock 4 piece El Colosso. Playing in front of a local crowd just before their European tour in June, they get to put on a great show for people who, otherwise, wouldn’t have heard of them before and may soon become fans thanks to Seether. With vocalist Matt Cooper telling the crowd to “suffer” after reacting to some technical feedback issues from bassist Craig Fryers, they jumped into their set ferociously. Guitarist Benny James and drummer Peter Hayden were tearing it apart, but the most energy was easily coming from Cooper. Everyone was enjoying it and even had a laugh when Cooper announced “thank you Shelbyville” instead of Melbourne and tried to be a comedian between songs. There was drawback with the vocals being drowned out by the band as well as the frequent feedback issues throughout the set. Otherwise they put on a set worthy of welcoming in the night.
Melbourne prog group Orsome Welles took to the stage to an already packed to the brim venue. Vocalist Michael Stowers came in looking classy in a shirt and vest while guitarists Nick Toohey and Steven Angell, bassist Matt Manders and drummer Justin Price wore black shirts with sleeves rolled up. It put a lot of emphasis on Stowers as front man but kind of put the rest of the guys in a more supporting role but still a very close, unified band that’s great to see perform. The set they put on, however, was great. Vocals were clearer than that of Cooper before and the crowd were loving it. There was lot of local love for the band and they had everyone’s attention from front to back. There was a definite difference between the stage presence between the support acts as Orsome Welles portrayed themselves more elegantly, matching stage presence to their looks and sound. If you are a fan of the local Australian prog scene, they put 110% into their set, even when supporting, and are worth catching when they are live at your local.
Having just released their seventh studio album Poison the Parish, Seether are bigger than ever with an ever growing fanbase of young and old. Being the first album produced and released under vocalist and guitarist Shaun Morgan’s record label, the band has hit the road and has had, yet again, another sellout show in Melbourne.
When the purple haze of the stage went down a little past their scheduled start time and Morgan, bassist Dale Stewart and drummer John Humphrey walked on stage, the venue was theirs to destroy and did they ever. Jumping straight into ‘Stoke the Fire’ from Poison the Parish, it was bizzare as Morgan didn’t take centre stage but went straight to the left of the crowd and left Stewart rocking the bass in the centre in front of Humphrey.
Bringing out absolute classics ‘Gasoline’ and ‘Truth’ had long time fans going crazy and it sounded even than when they first recorded the tracks over a decade ago. It was hard, raw and heavy. The way it’s meant to be. This was split, of course, by ‘Let You Down’ from their latest album that provided a great transfer of energy between classics.
After a very quick thank you, the band slipped right into ‘Rise Above’ seamlessly from an extended instrumental. It was during ‘Rise Above’ that the feedback problem that plagued El Colosso was still present ever so lightly. You could hear it during ‘Let You Down’ clearly but could be mistaken as just part of the song but it was ever present throughout Seether’s set. It did take away from the show a tiny bit but the band was putting on too great of a show for people to really care.
Slamming and destroying through songs like ‘Betray and Degrade’, ‘Save Today’ and ‘Driven Under’, the crowd could not be happier with what was on offer. ‘Country Song’ had everyone clapping along to the mid set tone change. There was constant activity, especially on the floor of The Forum, that the band was feeding off. Out of everyone on stage though, Stewart was the onlt one completely owning every bit of the stage. No one was complaining, it was just different to what everyone was used to.
As much as their classics had the fans loving every minute, it was the much beloved hits of ‘Broken’, ‘Nobody’s Praying for Me’, ‘Fake It’ and ‘Remedy’ that really tore the roof off the venue and more. The venue was at full energy and everyone was singing their hearts out as they heard their favourites played which, in some cases, were the reason they became fans of Seether.
With only one more show in Brisbane before travelling to New Zealand, it is highly recommended to catch Seether for a raw, heavy night of great music.
Photos By Dylan Martin. You Can See More Of Dylan’s Work HERE.