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The Butterfly Effect

w/ Dead Letter Circus and Calling All Cars




I'm pretty sure the last time I had seats upstairs at the Enmore Theatre for a concert was Ben Folds Five in 1997, so needless to say, my memory was a little fuzzy as to what would meet me up the wide sprawling staircase that I have oft passed with nary a backwards glance. As it happened, upstairs is almost the same as downstairs in terms of decor, but in terms of atmosphere it is definitely much less fun. I'm not quite sure how one is meant to adequately review a live show like The Butterfly Effect from six rows forward from the very back row where everyone has no choice but to be politely seated, but once the altitude sickness and nosebleeds subsided, I manned up and got to the business of squinting to figure out what was going on onstage.

  

The lure of the Newtown lights meant that first support Calling All Cars ranked second to takeaway spring rolls, but second support Dead Letter Circus drew not only my attention, but also quite a crowd. The gentleman seated behind me who exclaimed "this band's terrible" certainly wasn't watching the same band I was. This was one of the tightest DLC sets I've witnessed, and the inclusion of new tracks and an announcement of a much-anticipated debut album to be released later in the year brought a stir of excitement. A worthy support act to be sure.

  

Taking the stage to a roar of approval, The Butterfly Effect started with The Window and The Watcher, and as a tour in support of 2008 long player Final Conversation of Kings was an apt choice. The last tour was pirate themed, with matching costumes and backdrops, but this time the approach was more sleek and stylised, with a large screen behind the band switching between visual effects and film clip montages. Striking silhouetted images were the most stunning of these, and the correlation between the visuals and the music were remarkably well planned. A particular pleasure was track World On Fire, which included an amazing montage of protest and war footage that match perfectly with the lyrics and tone of the song.

  

In a recent review I complained that Cog played the same old songs and were desperate for some new tracks after touring their most recent album for the last year or so. The same could not be said for The Butterfly Effect even though their most recent release was almost twelve months ago. The set was fresh and fast paced, and although heavily peppered with songs from the new album, the crowd lapped it up and the execution was second to none.

  

Highlights were certainly the newer tracks including The Way and Final Conversation, but songs from Imago including A Slow Decent are always a pleasure to hear live, becoming somewhat classic staples of the band's tour setlists. The piece de resistance, however, was certainly a cover of Australian Crawl's Reckless – not a single mouth remained silent as the chorus resonated throughout the theatre.

  

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable musical experience – definitely try to catch these guys on tour.

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