The Butterfly Effect

After waiting in a line, outside of the venue in the cold, for an hour and a half after doors opened, I finally made my way inside, missing the majority of opening band, Calling All Car's set. From what I did see of the Melbourne rock trio, it was obvious that their popularity is growing.


A large crowd had gathered to watch the extremely energetic performance, with all three members filling the stage and producing a sound bigger than expected. One of the singles, Not Like Anybody, from their self titled debut album was received especially well, regardless of the fact that the crowd sing-a-long section was not a success.


It was a shame to only see one support act as there was a perfect opportunity to showcase some local talent, but unfortunately this was ignored. The lights dimmed and The Butterfly Effect's introduction, the theme from Wide World of Sports, began whilst the band members casually walked on stage and jumped straight into Crave from the debut album ‘Begins Here.'


Front man Clint Boge, sporting some new tattoos, claimed the stage immediately, as per usual, commanding the crowd with outstretched arms as he belted out some extremely high notes. Straight away it was clear that the venue was not capable of providing The Butterfly Effect with a system worthy of their big sound as the music sounded thin and audience members were able to hold an audible conversation quite easily.


The band continued with Take It Away from ‘The Butterfly Effect EP' showing contrast between old and new by following with two songs from their latest release, ‘Final Conversation Of Kings,' Room Without A View and Final Conversation. Boge then announced a new song titled Five Rings Of Gold which sounded more like a weak attempt at a Black Sabbath cover than a Butterfly Effect song, it was quite frankly, the worst thing the band have ever done.


Things recovered quickly with the set highlights Gone, One Second Of Insanity and the atmospheric Before They Knew. The group's latest single, Window And The Watcher, followed before a cover of Australian Crawl's classic Reckless, which had the whole crowd singing along more than at any other point in the night. The set then ended with heavyweights Reach and A Slow Decay as the lights dimmed for the inevitable encore.


The band returned to the stage after a few minutes for an extra long version of Worlds On Fire to end the night. As per usual The Butterfly Effect performed well, however the show lacked the punch that the band's music usually contains, after seeing this group countless times this one seemed the least exciting.

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