Greenthief, Pete Akhurst, Beneath The Tides, The Glaciers @ The Basement, Canberra (13/04/12)

Friday the 13th upheld its reputation at The Basement last week in Canberra, producing a slightly sombre turnout to the venue for part of The Epidemic Tour.

Whilst the crowd may have been in black, the music was gold – with a high quality local line-up featuring Beneath The Tides, The Glaciers, Pete Akhurst and Brisbane headliners Greenthief


First to kick off the night was the acoustic solo artist, Pete Akhurst, who walked onto the shady stage and immediately lit up the room with his heart-warming songs and smile. Akhurst invited the small group of fans to join him at the front, creating a coffee house atmosphere to enhance his honest songs of life and love. Playing through a humble set, Akhurst apologised for his “lack of distortion, however his delicate string playing and tender vocals saluted nonetheless. The final song was presented with a few technical difficulties, resulting in Akhurst jumping from the stage to perform inches from the applauding and supportive crowd. With nothing but dry ice and a guitar to accompany him, Akhurst delivered a humble yet quality show.

Next up was the blazing four-piece, The Glaciers, ripping straight into their set with their song Seashells. Front woman Adelyn transfixed the bar with her tantalizing vocals, working the stage with the band’s rocking sound. The band also took the time to introduce their new drummer and backing vocalist, Laura Frame, who wowed the crowd with her pounding beats and harmonies. It wasn’t long before fans were drawn from their seats and began dancing away to The Glacier’s new tracks, sharing comedic moments with the band as they powered through their set. After a thunderous cover of the Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams, the bar settled down and was prepped to welcome headliners Greenthief.

Introducing themselves from the city of Brisvegas, the boys from Greenthief encouraged the remaining few to get psychedelic as they performed. Front man Julian Schweitzer attempted to entertain the bar with small talk, however the night was already a lost cause for crowd energy. The alternative rockers soldiered on, displaying hard riffs and producing a quality sound that took over The Basement. It’s a shame that the venue couldn’t produce a more appealing turnout because the quality of music from these boys was faultless, and will surely make an impact for the remainder of the tour.

Last but not least, heavy-rockers Beneath The Tides stepped onto the stage to close the night. Their presence attracted a few fans to the front, which allowed the tedious atmosphere to become revamped and energised. For a band that only formed late last year, the local four-piece certainly know how to please with their brutal style. Powering through their set, it wasn’t long before the boys officially concluded the night with their smashing material, surely leaving one or two with a hangover the next morning.

Overall, the gig turned out to be a great night for the few that came. From unique dancing, head banging and exceptional live music, everyone could take something they enjoyed from the night, ending their week on a positive note.