Day Break are Adelaide’s teen pop-punks in residence, a quartet of young guys pumping out cheesy pop-punk tunes like nobody’s business. Clearly they were focused on revving up the crowd for the big acts to come, with a short energetic set. The highlight of their set was a cover of Good Charlotte’s ‘The Anthem’ which the crowd responded to with enthusiasm. They have come a long way in the space of a year, and still have a little way to go, but keep an eye on these four as they are going places.
If their intro was anything to go by, Tonight Alive’s set would be an intense and charged set, and it most certainly was. Immediately they charged headfirst into ‘The Edge’ off the latest Spiderman soundtrack followed by a slew of old classics and new hits.
Front-woman Jenna’s stage presence was electric, she implored the audience to “Live your life the way you want to live it, because someone’s always going to have a fucking problem with it” before launching into ‘Wasting Away’. They took a brief break from the hard hitting riffs to slow it down with an acoustic rendition of ‘Amelia’, with an emotionally charged and on point delivery by Jenna.
Being the last night on the tour, the joyful and celebratory atmosphere was palpable as British pop-punk outfit You Me At Six took the stage. Perhaps a little too celebratory as frontman Josh soon admitted he was “drunk”, yet his intoxication did not impair the performance. The crowd went utterly insane as they delivered ‘Underdog’ and Josh was visibly revelling in the enthusiastic reaction he got from the packed out HQ.
Banter was aplenty between songs, the night took interesting turns, including Josh taking both a photographer’s camera and later a fan’s phone onstage. Josh got to showcase his screaming skills in angsty number ‘Bite My Tongue’ which were surprisingly adept. The only downside to the performance was the setlist, which was severely lacking in old tunes from ‘Take Off Your Colours’ and no ‘Crash’, an emotional fan favourite.
Nonetheless the songs off of their latest album ‘Cavalier Youth’ were faultlessly delivered. You Me At Six closed with ‘Lived a Lie’ with the audience chanting “We are believers”, bringing to a close what was one of the best pop-punk gigs Adelaide has seen in a long time.
Review by Isabella Carbone
Photos by David Coad - See full gallery here