Bane, Break Even, Snakerun @ Enigma Bar 13/4/07

Half of Enigma Bar’s was closed off on this Friday night, possibly to give Massachusetts’s hardcore legend’s Bane a more intimate feeling to go with the energy of their music. The crowd was at least over 150 tonight which overall I thought was pretty good for what I thought it was going to be. The local support tonight was Snakerun. Snakerun are a young punk band that performed a set of gritty Adelaide punk from their demo & had a fun hometown following. During there set they even performed a Bad Brains cover, which got the crowd going and was commended by Bane later on in the night.

Next was the National support, Perth hardcore act Break Even. The moment that Break Even started their set you could tell that many of the crowd was there for this promising up & coming band. Vocalist Mark Bawden was extremely enthusiastic with his performance & urging the crowd to get involved, he made this set exciting and was a great performer. Break Even’s set consisted of songs from their Young At Heart EP and included _Open Wounds, Another Night, Keep Climbing _ & many more. Break Even got the crowd excited and the set was thoroughly enjoyed by fans & onlookers. There set was enjoyed by their ability to get the crowd involved & that they didn’t seem arrogant but just young kids who were loving what they were doing & breathing the fresh air of their scene. Break Even are definetly an exciting band to look out for in the future of Australian Hardcore

One of the more interesting parts of the night was that while on tour with Slayer, American metal giants Mastodon were in the audience tonight as they are long time friends of Bane. For the fans of this band like myself it was quite and unexpected occurence that left people start struck & Mastodon were more than happy to talk to the fans there.

After their sound check & much anticipation Bane hit the stage with vocalist Aaron Bedard yelling out to the crowd Are You Ready Guys? They then kicked into Some Came Running, which was the perfect opener & in my opinion was the best song of the night. On their long awaited first tour of Australia, Bane’s set was worth the wait as it was as strong as the roots of Hardcore for which they emulate. Despite facing technical problems throughout their set they delivered a great passionate set full of energetic anthems. Aaron Bedard was quite poetic throughout his set explaining the messages in their songs. Bane played a mixture of songs from their albums It All Came Down To This, Give Blood & The Note. Some of the highlight songs included Speechless, Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda & Can We Start Again?

Bedard was quite passionate & energetic in his performance & by the end of they’re set he was completely depleted of all energy while sitting by the stage talking to the fans. The great part about this set was that they didn’t just play their songs, they gave you ideals to go home with to understand their music and ideals about Hardcore as we live it today. This was a great set that really showed how an experienced band like Bane can really teach some of the more recent bands today a lesson in live performances.