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LIVE: PENNYWISE with THE BRONX, Perth – 3 Nov 2017

LIVE: PENNYWISE with THE BRONX, Perth – 3 Nov 2017
Metropolis Fremantle, Friday, 3 November, 2017
Review by Melanie Scrafton
Photography by J Lovell

Pennywise

The last stop for Pennywise and The Bronx is Metro Fremantle on their Australian Tour. Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of 1997 album Full Circle the guys performed it in full for their diverse fan base, along with some covers thrown in at the end to mix it up.

Local talent Dan Cribb & the Isolated opened for what arguably should have been a double headliner show.

The Bronx were crazy good, with vocalist Matt Caughthran spending at least a third of the set in the moshpit with the crowd, microphone lead fully extended. They played a long and solid set including new material and a plethora of tracks from their 15-year history. So much energy, so much crowd interaction and participation, The Bronx are peaking LIVE, and the Perth crowd adored them.

The Bronx

The venue was a hot and sweaty mess by the time Pennywise came on stage. The guys seemed to rush through the Full Circle tracks – one of the all time classic US punk albums, extra emotive to the band as it’s dedicated to the memory of their original bass player long departed.

The sound quality took its time to settle in for the set, while guitarist Fletcher Dragge engaged the most with what feels like somewhat scripted dialogue with the audience, although singer Jim Lindberg also makes his presence felt. An unusual thought did jump into to my mind during the performance: ‘I bet they are tired out.’ It’s hard to pinpoint why exactly that leaped into my consciousness, but their energy just seemed a tiny bit off.

Predictably I can describe the event as crowded, hot, sweaty, smelly, hectic and a little bit crazy. Pennywise came – they played – the venue probably reconsidered future punk events – there was undoubtedly some mosh injuries – the punters had a blast.

The guys included the epic Bro Hymn as their finale, as on their last Australian tour in 2015. That time their crew joined them on stage, this time the crew shared the stage with eager punters too.

Pennywise

The Bronx left that night to return to the states, Pennywise had one more show back on the east side before they left our shores. No doubt Pennywise will be back, and I certainly hope The Bronx will leave their West Coast for our West Coast again soon, maybe showcasing Bronx V.

For the record, and this in no way reflects on the venue, staff or artists. I had occasion during the show to venture through the venue, to the bar, bathroom and upstairs in a attempt to find another vantage point. I lost count of the amount of unnecessary touches and grabs to my person during those moments. Yes the venue was at capacity, it was slow moving squeezing through the sea of bodies. Yes the crowd ratio of male to female was weighted heavily male, but I need to say that this 48 year reviewer was unnerved by the groping atmosphere.

It has to stop: keep your hands to yourselves, especially amongst strangers.

 

Pennywise Set List –
Fight Till You Die
Date with Destiny
Get a Life
Society
Final Day
Broken
Running Out of Time
You’ll Never Make It
Every Time
Nowhere Fast
What If I
Go Away
Did You Really
Wild in the Streets (Circle Jerks cover)
Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie (Black Flag cover)
Pennywise
Same Old Story
Stand by Me (Ben E King cover)
Land Down Under (Men At Work cover)
Bro Hymn

 

LIVE: PENNYWISE with THE BRONX, Perth – 3 Nov 2017

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