It’s Saturday night and after having the absolute pleasure of reviewing Psycroptic on Thursday night at my favourite local live music venue, I find myself back at Brisbane’s home of the heavy, Crowbar for another epic night of kick ass, hard hitting, heavy music delivered by four amazing and talented bands. Presented by Select Music and Young Henrys, Pagan’s first ever headline tour is something the fans have all been waiting for. Their long awaited debut album ‘Black Wash’ is a true gem and a thing of beauty. The tour kicked off in Adelaide on the 11th of August and last night Brisbane was treated to the second show for the tour.
As soon as I arrive Crowbar is pumping and Mad Macca from Cosmic Pyschos is rocking out upstairs at Crowbar Black whilst Crowbar cult members are being treated to free Jack Daniels. Crowbar really knows how to look after its guests. What a way to start the night! Doors to the main stage opened at 8:00pm sharp and I eagerly headed downstairs to get a spot up the front, I didn’t want to miss a second of such a brilliant line up. All four bands are fronted by strong, inspiring, beautiful and incredibly talented female vocalists. Such a treat to have four bands with such amazing and hard rocking ladies all on one line up. I got chatting to Candice Lee from Crave Death and we talked a lot about women in the music scene among many other things. It was so great to chat to a like minded musical soul about something we share a passion for.
Lismore’s Masochist hit the stage first and immediately Ned, the drummer stole my full attention. Don’t get me wrong, the whole band was amazing and Rose killed it on vocals but both my photographer and I were completely mesmerized by the extremely talented drummer. They played an awesome set including every track from their album ‘Blinded’ with the stand out of the set for me being the first two tracks they played Not Welcome and Shame.
Blind Girls were up next and this time it was the guitarist that took my full attention. Wow. He played with full blown, fingers bleeding, intensity from the start of the set to the finish. I am not even sure how he managed to still play the guitar with the amount of jumping around he was doing. But play he did and he absolutely killed it. Hailing from the Gold Coast this talented young band have a lot going for them and I can see them going from strength to strength as time goes on.
The band I was the most excited to see took to the stage next and I was completely blown away by their performance. Crave Death are fronted by the beautiful and brilliant Candice Lee and her vocals are like nothing else. Her vocals seem effortless and seem to come so naturally to her, so much so that I am quite sure she was born to do it. She took full command of the stage and backed by an awesome band of talented musicians Crave Death’s performance was the stand out for me. They played a great mix of their tracks including treating us to three new tracks, Purgatory, Cursed Soul and an untitled track; all of which were totally amazing and delivered with a passion and intensity that flowed through the entire set from the whole band.
Earlier this year one of Brisbane’s best music festivals, Dead Of Winter was held at two venues, the Jubilee and the Tivoli. I spent most of the day watching the bands at the Jubilee but I made the mad dash to the Tivoli to catch Pagans set and I’m so glad I did because they completely stole my heart. It was the first time I had seen them live and I have been waiting ever since then to see them again. Reviewing them at Crowbar last night was a complete honor. Hailing from Melbourne, Pagan are one of the hottest acts around right now. After the three hard hitting performances from the supports, Pagan completely tore up the stage. Fronted by rock queen Nikki Bruman they are an incredibly tight band and play like a well oiled machine. Nikki is a brilliant front woman and vocalist, a true performer, she trained as an actor at the national Theatre in Melbourne and it shows in her live performances. The way she manages to literally bend over backwards while still belting out the vocals on stage is a sight to see. Pagan always deliver a killer performance and last night they seemed even more pumped than usual. Playing all their best tracks including my current favourite and their latest single Silver, saving it till second last, it was a stand out for me. They delivered an amazing performance and as soon as the gig was over all I could think of was when I could see them again.
Pagan continue their tour on Friday the 24th of August at The Tote In Melbourne, followed by Brisbane Hotel in Hobart on Saturday the 25th and The Lansdowne in Sydney on Friday the 31st of August. Make sure you get to the gigs if you can because they are bound to steal your hearts with their live performances as much as they have mine.
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Words: Shannon-Lee Sloane
Photos: Elizabeth Sharpe