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SEETHER

CAPITOL THEATRE

PERTH, WA AUSTRALIA

Tuesday 30th June 2015

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SEETHER FINALLY HIT AUSTRALIA FOR THEIR 'ISOLATE AND MEDICATE' TOUR - IT WAS WELL WORTH THE WAIT.


Perth is fast shaking it's reputation as a sleepy backwater for rock and metal shows, and the lively and enthusiastic crowd who cram into Capitol to see Seether on this Monday night are as clear an indicator as I've ever seen.

 

 

Local power trio Ragdoll kick off proceedings with their signature blend of melody and riffage, looking and sounding  like seasoned professionals. Lead singer Ryan Rafferty tears the paint of the walls with his powerful vocals and commanding bass playing, while guitarist Leon Todd leads the band through groove heavy songs like Tell Me, Break You and set closer All I Want.

 

It's great to see a local crowd so engaged and enthusiastic about an opening act. "You could have seen 5 Seconds of Summer down the road but you came to see us?! " sums up the bands tongue in cheek rapport with their home crowd.

 

 

 

The energy in the room seems to lift a thousand fold as Shaun Morgan and company take the stage, wasting no time as they wind up the crowd with "No Jesus Christ" before tearing into "Gasoline". The addition of a touring rhythm guitarist to the small stage makes for a cramped stage that is quickly overcome by the energy and ferocity with which Seether attack the opening tunes. It feels more like a Friday than a Monday as the lads churn through their back catalogue, bringing it to an understated crescendo with "Broken". Morgan steps back from the mic several times to let the crowd take the melody; a great song is a great song no matter how many times you hear it in the radio.

 

A fun Bonhamesque drum solo breaks up the set before the band returns to air material from their latest album, "Isolate and Medicate". "Words as Weapons" is particularly stirring, and the inclusion of Sepultura's Chaos AD; sandwiched between "Fake It" and "Remedy", it's the perfect way to close the set and keep both the metalheads and grunge fans happy. A great start to the tour for Seether and a great turnout by Perth's rock and metal community!

 

 

 

 

 

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by the Rockpit

photos by Elspeth Erickson

 


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