The Butterfly Effect

w/ Dead Letter Circus and Calling All Cars

Sporting nothing short of a proud smirk, I lined up with fellow excited music-goers to see Brisbane's own Butterfly Effect. It's not often you get the chance to review a local act you've been following since before you needed to shave. I've honestly seen The Butterfly Effect perform on at least six different occasions in three different cities, and can still admit there is a much faded "The Butterfly Effect Begins Here" sticker on a cupboard in my old room at my parent's house. Seven years and three albums later, this once unknown band has progressed to having a string of sold-out shows across the nation and an almost cult-like following.


Supporting the Butterfly Effect, Melbourne based Calling All Cars took to the stage first. With only being introduced to this act when they supported fellow Australian alternative rockers Cog only weeks earlier, their performance at Brisbane's Tivoli only confirmed my already open proclamation that Calling All Cars is simply the best new band of 2009. Much like their last performance, I've never seen the crowd participate so much for the first support act. I honestly got the impression Calling All Cars would need to do a encore before the crowd would actually let them leave the stage. I expect it is only a matter of months before Calling All Cars is forced headline their own national tour due to public demand and rioting after the release of their debut record later this year.


Brisbane based Dead Letter Circus, the second support for the evening, put on an unreal performance following a surprisingly populate Calling All Cars. With an obvious local legion of followers, I was possibly the only person in the audience not able to sing along to the many instances where the bands singer demanded crowd participation. I simply could not write a negative comment regarding these guys and would definitely recommend catching them live if you are given the opportunity. Dead Letter Circus also have a debut album on the way and I suspect it too will get considerable attention.


Finally the Butterfly Effect kicked off their set with, Window and the Watcher, straight away pleasing the already energetic crowd to hear the first single off their latest record. As the song commenced, so did a projected series of relatively grim artistic images and film, almost perfectly move in time to the music appear behind the band, which continued during the entire duration of the set. Obviously taking considerable time to create, I can honestly say the effect paid off for the band the visuals complemented the music perfectly.


The bands set list included all of the popular tracks, with the mosh-worthy One Second of Insanity being this reviewers pick of the night. Surprising additions to the usual songs was the inclusion of Phoenix, an Internet only single which possibly has one of the best crunching guitar opening riffs in the existence of music as well an extended piano driven version of Beautiful Mine that eventually shifted into the usual distorted guitars on the last chorus. The piano lead to introduction of the bands new touring keyboardist, Tyrone Noonan, recruited from the now disbanded Brisbane act George.


The Butterfly Effect also performed a truly amazing cover version of Reckless, a song originally made famous by the band Australian Crawl in 1983. In the words of vocalist Clint Boge, the reason behind the unusual cover song choice was to "educate some of you … and refresh some of you" on what I can only assume is the long lost art of 80's pop. With that being said, guitarist Kurt Goedhart managed to put his own signature style on the rendition by playing the acoustic guitar section on with distortion which in turn made the song was by far one of the biggest highlights of the entire gig.

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