Let’s be honest, we all love to re-live some nostalgic moments from our childhood. Whether that’s a cheeky food you used to eat, a place you used to visit or some music you used to listen to. And lets be honest, most of us went through an angsty “emo-rock” phase that saw the likes of My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy and The All American Rejects fuelling our soundtracks. But another band who never disappointed in supplying those big tracks was The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Returning with their first album in four years the American post-hardcore band delivered the energetic and strong ‘The Awakening’. In support of the release the four piece returned to Australia for a nostalgic headlining tour that saw them playing the new songs and diving deep in their discography. Kicking off the tour in Brisbane at The Triffid, the relaxed Thursday night crowd made their way into the venue and kept pretty calm until their old favourite band hit the stage. Walking out to the sound of radio transmissions, lead singer Ronnie Winter screamed out to the crowd “My friends, it’s been too long. Are you ready for some guitar?”. And with that, they were off. With big guitar solo, heavy drums and a lot of screaming mixed in with Winter’s soothing rock vocals they created quite the strong sound. But after 15 years in the industry you wouldn’t expect any less. Explaining to the crowd how the night would work, Winter promised they would play the show in the format of one old song and then one new song repeated so the crowd would get the best of the old and new material. With this fact being clarified the Brisbane crowd couldn’t be more excited.
Throughout the show they highlighted through favourites ‘Face Down’, ‘False Pretense’, ‘Cat And Mouse’ and ‘Damn Regret’ whilst also mixing in new favourites ‘Fighting Everything’, ‘On Becoming Willing’ and ‘The Awakening’. But the shows most touching and memorable moment came from their solelm dedication to Toyah Cordingley who was murdered recently in Cairns. Urging the crowd to come forward if they knew anything, Winter explained how Toyah was a massive fan of the band and had ‘Your Guardian Angel’ set as her ringtone. Dedicating the song to her, everyone in the room had goosebumps as they just swayed and payed their respects to her by singing the song loud.
But apart from that one solelm moment they delivered a very energetic and nostalgic show which showed that even though they have been in the industry for 15 years that as a post-hardcore band they are still very much on top of their game.
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