The Butterfly Effect

w/ Calling All Cars, Dead Letter Circus

The Butterfly Effect just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Their latest show in Adelaide, on Friday 17th July, was at Thebarton Theatre - the biggest chosen venue for metal acts in South Australia. I have no idea if it finally sold out or not, but from the hordes of fans in all the rooms, it must have come pretty damn close to it. Aussie Aussie Aussie!


The first band on the stage was Melbourne group Calling All Cars. They played a sort of heavy pop-rock blend of music, with some nice melodies and dynamics. The set looked a little empty with just the three musicians on board Thebbie's wide stage. It's probably just the metal reviewer in me… Still, the band were constantly conscious of their symmetry, and nicely mirrored each other's actions up and down the stage, keeping themselves looking good at all times. Some good innovations and creative melodies here.


The next band to bring us their melodies were alternative rock quartet Dead Letter Circus. The four lads hail from Brisbane, one of the few worthy music exports from that area. A huge number of the fans were wearing Dead Letter Circus t-shirts – although that might just have been a testament to The Butterfly Effect's booking-online-t-shirt offer…


Nevertheless, the group easily filled up the room, with hundreds more fans streaming in to see them from outside. They got the crowd bouncing with their high-fluted warbling guitar sounds, building a sizeable mosh pit and receiving heavy applause on all songs. Their fixation with ending every song as dramatically as possible (with the singer striking a pose and the lights going out) sure did get pretty lame pretty fast though.


Finally the Kings of Conversation themselves appeared onstage, to flashing lights and rapturous applause. The Butterfly Effect opened up to the big sounds of feeling power-anthem Window and the Watcher. Singer Clint Boge's voice was rather off-target to begin with, missing the higher pitches and wavering on some of the longer sustained notes. He eventually warmed up for the second half of the gig, and finished right on pitch target as he begged, pleaded and beseeched his way through the songs with raw emotional power. Although I did notice he was possibly wearing exactly the same clothing he wore on The Butterfly Effect's last Australian tour… However, the floor full of fans didn't seem to mind at all, with most of Thebbie's huge hall bouncing to crowd pleasers such as In These Hands and nodding to quieter works such as Room Without A View.


The guitar had a great sound to it, despite a few feedback problems, and the drumming was spot on for the whole set. The crowd really got into every song, especially with some huge crowd chants on popular song Aisles of White, with a thousand+ people chanting out " waiting for something… waiting for someone…".


The only overly-serious moment came with the song Worlds on Fire, withThe Butterfly Effect rather killing the impact and majesty of the song by loading up black-and-white videos of soldiers marching and bombs going off for the duration of the 7-minute song. Still, a great show all round. Catch them next time they're here.

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