Children Collide @ The Rosemount (18/09/09)

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Touring on the back of new albums, local Aussie acts Children Collide and The Scare hit The Rosemount as part of a nation-wide tour, with help from local act Shock! Horror!

Categorisations like minimalism, post-rock and experimentation often get thrown around when discussing Shock! Horror! (which are accurate enough) but there’s also something else which makes it hard to put a finger on the local 4-piece. They’ve got a low-fi, hazy, electronic sound characteristic of 00’s vogue, but without overloaded effects, retaining a minimalist charm meaning you’re not spending 45 minutes watching people shoegaze or hunch behind a laptop. The flipside is that despite this, there’s still not a lot happening on stage. The musical quality is high, and the band always seem in control, but almost to a point where they appear jaded. Never the less the crowd were enjoying themselves, and the closing song Fields was definitely the set’s high point. Melding distant, low-fi melodies and vocals into an upbeat, almost tribal rhythm, the result was seducing and warm, and was Shock! Horror! at their best.

Following, and in complete opposition, were jet black Aussie rockers The Scare. If you’d never experienced an animalistic, beer driven maelstrom, catching these guys last Friday would have been the perfect introductory course. From the moment they set foot on stage, the crowd seemed right behind them, sometimes literally, as front man Kiss Reid threw himself as far into the front row as The Rosemount’s anti-rock-and-roll blockades would allow. Their dirty, gritty flavour of rock was upbeat, intense, and oh so loud. Reid’s on stage charisma and wailing vocals combined with the noisy guitars to create a sound reminiscent of 80s rock, but with a decidedly original flavour. From their new album, OozeVoodoo, No Money and Cry were the most hard-hitting moments of the set, perfectly capturing their rock and roll edge.

Then came Children Collide. Already well known for their live performance, the band’s energy was at full force from opening. Following in close succession from the mania induced by the previous set, the band’s upbeat, loud and grungy pop resonated throughout The Rosemount. Their sound is raw and edgy, but balanced on a level that is dancy and accessible, most noticeable on tracks like Skeleton Dance. Lead vocalist Johnny Mackay prowled the stage like a man possessed, backed up by bass player Heath Crawley’s animation. Having been part of the Aussie music scene for several years now, Children Collide proved why they’ve been so successful, and indicated they’re not going away any time soon.

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