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Counting Crows Perth Concert Hall April 2013





9 JUNE 2013


My introduction to Killing Joke was through Metallica's cover of "The Wait" which they originally put out on the 1987 Garage Days Re-revisited EP. Over the years I never really took the time to listen to more of their albums, only hearing a few songs here and there but what I did know about this band was how influential they were. But until I saw them perform live and heard much more of the songs, I did not realize the magnitude of how influential they really were.



Starting at an early time of 8pm due to a curfew from the venue, the crowd were already packing in to the place early on. Again, the size of the crowd threw me off a bit, surprising me at the number of people who knew who this band really were. The band came out and opened with a more recent track "Requiem" which sounded great, a slight old school neo-80's style. The first thing I noticed in the band's sound was the impact of the drums and the casual swaggery of the guitar tone which somehow gave the band an extra punch which I really don't find as evident on their albums. Following songs thereafter were even better, "Wardance" retaining a rocking style while "European Super State" blends 80's techno with early industrial rock. As the show went on, I started hearing all these different influences that other bands picked up on over the years, from Ministry to Fear Factory all the way to Nirvana and Faith No More. The influence oozed out of this band, pioneers of several genres and multiple artists. Heavy emphasis on industrial rock and metal however as the mixture of electronics and simple guitar chords together with a repeated dancing drum beat is clearly the ingredients of what eventually became the industrial genre. It's hard not to move with this music, whether people were dancing or headbanging, movement was a must and clearly the crowd was enjoying every moment.



Singer Jaz Coleman was animated in his stage presence, his trademark gruff vocals scorching the air in an almost animal-like way, at times staring right into the eyes of the audience while dancing around on stage. Guitarist Geordie Walker seemed almost too casual in his guitar playing which I guess he is known for, his peculiar style of playing seemed almost contradictory to the intensity of the band's music. But whatever it was, it worked playing really well with the drums which were more of a dance/rhythm kind of beat instead of the usual 1-2 rock beats. I would seriously contend that even non-rock fans would probably dig this, the boundaries between rock and dance music blurred finely through-out the night.



As I mentioned at the beginning, my introduction to Killing Joke was through Metallica's cover of "The Wait" and I was half hoping they would play it. Sure enough, they did and while I had previously heard the original by Killing Joke years ago, it still surprised me how different the original version is. Admittedly I still prefer Metallica's version but hearing it live by the originators was somewhat interesting, an almost tribal like sound heard in the performance. "Pandemonium" rounded out the first part of the show before the band exited the stage for the encore set.


The encore set began with "Bloodsport" which really felt more like a dance jam than anything else, the band having fun just riffing on the song while the crowd danced along. The rest of the set however did feel like the band lost a bit of momentum, the crowd much more subdued and the music not quite as fun as the rest of the night. But overall it was a fantastic show, the band sounded brilliant and I dare say with all the classic songs the band performed, I doubt there was a single person leaving the venue who were disappointed in the show. A top night!




words and images by Andrew Schizodeluxe