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DON BROCO

@ Oxford Art Factory

(Live Review)

10/12/2017

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If there’s one band you will hear about extensively in the next 6 months, it’s Don Broco. The British four-piece have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the alternative world like 5 Seconds of Summer and Bring Me The Horizon, just sold out their first arena show in London and are getting set to release their most anticipated album to date, Technology. However, there’s one country the band have always had their sights on and their fans eager for their arrival until now. Don Broco have finally reached the Australian east coast, travelling to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in intimate venues; a deep contrast compared to London’s Alexandra Palace. Nevertheless, fans from across the city of Sydney flowed into Oxford Art Factory with excitement to see one of Britain’s finest exports for the first time.

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First to take the stage was AViVA, who quickly gained the attention of the crowd with her hypnotising stage presence. Her recent single “GRRRLS”, a heavily infused dark pop tune, had everyone in the room becoming possessed by the instrumentals. Vocalist Avïva Payne brought the stage to life along with her backing band Matais Coulter and Michael Hamilton, who looked elated to be on stage. For AViVA’s “first Sydney show in two years”, it was as of the band had never stopped performing. They went all out in making the crowd have the best time of their lives and it was safe to say this set was only the beginning of AViVA’s reformation.

Performing alongside Don Broco at every show was Melbourne favourites Storm The Sky, who had people screaming in happiness from the second they started with “Carcinova”. With much darker presence from the previous act, Storm The Sky brought everything they could to the stage with synth-induced hardcore, decorated in the form of floral fashion across the stage. They played the best tracks from their most recent release Sin Will Find You, from the soft-sounding “Disappointed” to hard-hitting bangers like “Jaded Ghost” with frontman William Jarratt gracing the stage like superiority. The rollercoaster of emotions that was “Burning” showed Jarratt and his counterparts at their finest, with intense emotions revelling in themselves to the masses and left the crowd in awe after their finish with the light-hearted “Lilac”.

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After a wait that felt like forever, the curtains opened to the four members of Don Broco and the opening riff to their single “Everybody”, which riled everyone into an stormy sea jumping and dancing to the catchy instrumentals. The reaction reflected back into the upbeat stage presence of Don Broco, with frontman Rob Damiani being a leader to the masses; everyone shouting every word back with him. All you feel was exhilaration radiating in the room and it was evident why the Broco boys sold out Ally Pally a few months back.

Damiani had thanked the crowd multiple times during the set, stating that “Australia was one of the first countries to really get us” and that they been waiting to come for years and thank everyone for the support. There was constant banter with the crowd, talking about the rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney (We were obviously better) and a discussion as to whether Coogee Beach or Manly was better (Coogee won). And of course, there was the initiation of the infamous shoey, which the band had briefly heard about before their Australian arrival. With the assistance of a shoe, mine to be exact, Damiani was cheered on by the crowd and stated that it was “fucking delicious”, crowning him a a true Australian by heart.

T-shirts swung around in the air, santa hats were thrown onto the stage and all the while, Don Broco smashed out song after song with vocals from both Damiani and drummer Matt Donnelly. Yet all four members, including guitarist Simon Delaney and bassist Tom Doyle, had constant energy running through their veins, which pumped up the crowd along with the matching energetic light show. It caused everyone to chant for one more song the second they left the stage, in which they finished off their Australian tour with single “Pretty”.

And with a beer soaked shoe in one hand and a sense of contentment in the other, I walked out of Oxford Art Factory with everyone else still buzzing from the events that just took place. We were all united with a feeling that could only be raised from the hour set that solidified Don Broco’s credibility to sell out Ally Pally. It defined that Don Broco were in love with Australia, we were in love with them and this was only the beginning of something bigger to come. Come back soon, Don Broco, we already miss you. Well, I definitely do.

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