Words: Remy Kendall
Photos: Dylan Martin

It was a slightly chilly night in Melbourne and the Forum was packed. As everybody waited patiently for an act to come on, they were greeted by the hilariously named Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. I could’ve sworn that I was tripping, they opened the show on a strong, funky note as they shredded on their guitars playing some classic rock full of echoing sustained riffs and elements that make it so you can’t help but think about the psychedelic rock of the 60’s and 70’s.

he four-piece band permeated the air with heavy bass, mind-bending guitar riffs and drums you can really tap your feet to, the vocalist was serving up a style of vocals that really fits the kind of modern yet classic rock we’ve seen in the last few years, if that makes ANY sense, I could draw the closest comparison to vocals like that of Red Sun Rising.

This is a band that sounds fun and seems to be having loads of it and they clearly have a lot of influences in lots of classic music as one of the songs in their set was reminiscent of a surfer rock song, aptly titled “Surf’s Up“. Partway through the set the vocalist stopped and made some funny commentary on The Forum’s roman-like architecture of the illustriously built venue. This jovial commentary as well as other jokes and banter they had made it very clear that they were completely comfortable on the stage and with the audience, which really helped them feel rather charming and fun. There wasn’t anything not to enjoy about this opening act, they had groovy tunes, loads of energy, shredding guitar solos and definitely an interesting sound.

The anticipation mounted in the air as the Crumpets left the stage and silence filled the air and fans waited patiently as Nothing But Thieves were soon to hit the stage. Whistles and “Woos” went off as it struck 9pm and the stage was all set up, it was nearly time for the main event. The lights went down and then the stage lit up as Nothing But Thieves came out and got the crowd going immediately. The drums were loud and thundering, the distortion of the guitar broke through the air and the vocals were soft yet built up powerfully and explosively, as is evidently signature to the band.

Their stage presence was intense as everyone was dancing and moving often, they interacted with the audience well, throwing in the occasional “Sing It” and “Come On” to make sure the audience were keeping their energy up. I especially liked the presence of frontman Conor Mason as he was wriggling around, crouching up and down the stage during instrumental parts and getting everyone in the venue to clap along with the band, not to mention his vocals were insane, both soft and reserved but able to climb higher and higher in his range, have wailing vocals and all making it seem so effortless.

The songwriting of this band was impressively apparent live, every instrument works together so smoothly and beautifully. Only a couple songs into the set and they’ve already made a great and memorable show, there was a good blend of darks and lights in their performance as some parts were intense rock show performances and some parts softer, acoustic driven ballads.

As somebody who dreams of playing on stage and rocking out, this concert was absolutely awe-inspiring and just plain inspiring to behold and it wasn’t just me, the audience certainly thought so too as they were clapping almost as loud as the music, and they were jumping about enough to cause an earthquake.

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