Violent Soho National Tour

Violent Soho National Tour


Posted 2014-07-20 by Stephanie McCannfollow

Wed 02 Jul 2014 - Sat 19 Jul 2014

Brisbane locals, Violent Soho, have embarked on a completely sold out three-week Australian tour. Bringing along Melbourne and Hobart outfits The Smith Street Band and Luca Brasi, respectively, and with a different local band opening the show each night, the nationwide July tour is truly a success for Australian music.

I attended the second Sydney show on Thursday July 10, held at the University of Sydney's Manning Bar. The venue filled to capacity, keeping the bar busy and floor a sweaty dance pit. Sydney's own, Totally Unicorn, kicked off the night with a set that can only be described as wild. Their eclectic sound had the arriving crowd enthusiastically yelling and jumping around from early on.

The Smith Street Band really cemented their popularity with a 40 minute set filled with both old and new songs, that everyone in the room sang and danced along to. Hailing from Melbourne, The Smith Street Band's brand of music is that of familiarity. Singing about life in the suburbs of Melbourne in a strong Australian accent, frontman Wil Wagner is as honest in his lyrics as he is on stage – he announced a new album for the band as well as a headline tour later on this year.

The party continued when Violent Soho took the stage just shortly before 11pm, playing hits off their latest release 'Hungry Ghost'. Dancing, jumping, yelling, singing and drink spilling ensued as the band energetically cruised through some of their older releases, notably 'Jesus Stole My Girlfriend' and 'Love Is a Heavy Word'. Violent Soho's vibrant guitar riffs and pounding rhythms, partnered with simple lyrics is reminiscent of Nirvana, with a more upbeat approach. The band's tour ends just the week before they play at the 2014 Splendour In The Grass Festival held in Byron Bay.

In a country where less than 25% of broadcasting time is dedicated to local content, and where live music venues are constantly under threat due to licensing and new alcohol related legislation, a sold out tour made up completely of home-grown talent is a success. For an inexpensive and good night out, be sure to get down to your local live music venue and see what up-and-coming bands are rocking their way through the music industry!

!date 02/07/2014 -- 19/07/2014
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