Words: Kelsey Trevan
Photos: Dylan Martin
2 Australians, an American, and an Englishman walk into a bar…sounds like the start of a great joke! However, last night was anything but! British pop punkers Moose Blood stopped off at Richmond’s Corner Hotel last night with American alternative rockers Hundedth, and local supports pop punkers Terra and alternative rockers Fever Speak.
First up was Melbourne’s Fever Speak. This 5-piece is made up of 3 guitarists, Rik, Jake and Brent, bassist Ben and drummer CJ. Brent also takes the lead on the vocals, with CJ leading the charge on backing vocals although Rik and Ben also contribute backing vocals at various points. They were a great band to open the show with as even though the crowd was still showing up, the people that were there had their energy lifted by Fever Speak. Their particular sound is quite different from what we have in the alternative-rock scene in Melbourne at the moment and Fever Speak stand out from the crowd in that regard.
Next up was another Melbourne outfit, this time pop-punkers Terra. Vocalist Cassie Sutton is joined by Joey Knight on guitar, and Darcy Leadaux on bass. Vocally, Sutton sounds like a mix of early Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive, and Sainte’s Tay Jardine and collectively Terra have a sound a bit like We Are The In Crowd. The pop-punk scene is strong in Melbourne, and each band is doing their bit to stand out from the crowd. In terms of their sound, Terra are similar to a lot of other pop punk acts but the energy and devotion they put into their performance is what makes them have the jump on the competition.
With the local supports finished, next up were main supports Hundredth. Hundredth are vocalist Chadwick Johnson, lead guitarist Alex Blackwell, bassist Andrew Minervini and drummer Matt Koontz. Musically the Americans were the heaviest on the lineup and are promoting their new record ‘Rare’. Vocally they were a little heard to hear but they sounded okay from what we could hear. The highlight of their set was their cover of ‘How Soon Is Now’ by The Smiths, which people will recognise as the theme song for the TV show Charmed, although it is the Love Spit Love version that is used in the show. Hundredth may have worked better on a heavier bill, but due to their heavier sound they felt a little out of place of this lineup. Overall however, they did put a lot of effort into their performance and were enjoyable to watch.
Finally, it was time for the headliner to take to the stage. Drummer Lee Munday led the charge, followed by lead guitarist Mark E. Osbourne, frontman and vocalist Eddy Brewerton and bassist Kyle Todd. The UK pop punk quartet are quickly making a name for themselves with their unique sound and energetic and impassioned performance. Vocalist Eddy Brewerton is very soft spoken but didn’t fail to bring a smile to everyone audience members face as he thanked everyone after each song for their support. There wasn’t a single audience member that didn’t sing along to at least one of the songs in Moose Blood’s set, and there were a majority that sang along to all of them.
The setlist comprised of songs from each of Moose Blood’s albums, 2014s ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’, 2016s ‘Blush’ and this years release ‘I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore’ with fan favourites like Shimmer, Bukowski and You Left In The Worse Way. Even though the venue wasn’t sold out, the people that were there made it feel like it was with their energy and enthusiasm. Moose Blood are incredibly well loved by their Australian fans and the UK quartet put everything they had into their performance last night. Hopefully Moose Blood come back soon and put on yet another amazing performance.
There are still five dates left on Moose Blood’s Australian Tour and I highly recommend getting yourself out to one of their shows! They play Arrow On Swanston in Melbourne tonight, and still have Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane to go.
Get your tickets to see Moose Blood on their Australian Tour HERE!