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COBRA

@ The Worker’s Club 
(Live Review)

15/07/2018

Reviewer: Jay Hicks

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“3 piece progressive-rock group Cobra performed at The Workers Club on Sunday July 15. The heavy three-piece nod to a variety of influences, blending their tastes with a distinctive and memorable approach to composition. Joining Cobra were heavy grunge two piece Long Holiday, and stoner-doom three piece Lowpoint, with singer-songwriter Marz Cooper opening the show.

Making their live debut in 2014, Cobra have branded Adelaide with their relentless presence on the South Australian live music circuit. Notorious for their watertight performances and impressive material they set out on tour in Indonesia in 2016, and released their debut single ‘Gloom‘ in March 2017, touring nationally in support of it. Hitting the studio to track an LP upon their return the band also toured regional Victoria as they continue to write more songs and maintain a strong presence in Adelaide. Cobra went on to become finalists in the experimental category of the 2017 SA Music Awards for ‘Gloom‘ and have supported contemporaries from around Australia including Sumeru (NSW), Olmeg (VIC), Holy Serpent (VIC), Hobo Magic (QLD), Glass Ocean (NSW), Puck (WA), Alithia (VIC), The Love Junkies (WA) and Child (VIC).”

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Made up of 3 members; Yanni Apostolidis (guitar), Jonty Czuchwicki (drums), and Kyle Clarke (bass), Cobra know how to make some noise. Although the act consisted of mostly instrumental, with a little vocal screaming thrown in, they hold the crowd’s attention with meticulous guitar work and near-perfect instrumental collaborative timing.

In all honesty, with only one recorded track available online at the moment, I walked into the show not fully knowing what to expect – and I was met with some intense Traditional and Progressive Rock vibes – I suppose the ‘Slash’ poster taped to the kick drum should’ve been a slight indicator. Hailing from Adelaide, the boys claim to take strong influence from acts such as Meshuggah, Periphery, Mastodon, Lamb of God, Protest the Hero, Animals as Leaders, Gojira, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, & Rage Against the Machine, and label their own genre as ‘Heavy Grooves & Infinite Progression’. With tags like ‘doom, experimental rock, post-rock, progressive rock, & rock sludge’ it’s no surprise that they bring a rather niche sound to the stage.

With an ongoing supply of double kicks, intense guitar riffs, and constant changes of tempo and sound throughout the songs, it’s hard to keep up, yet hard to walk away.

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One of their final songs of the set, ‘Out of Home and into the Hole’, surprised with a great silent drop section where the band all paused and came back solidly with perfectly timed drumming, kicking it off again – silence can be such an important factor of songwriting and composition, and they used it well.

At some point towards the end, there was a mention of an 18 minute song, and although a few members of the crowd left by about 8 minutes in – evidently not as committed to the experimental sound as the band – Cobra have still certainly gained a following with a group of enthusiastic punters dancing and yelling from the back. It seems that Cobra’s sound is one of particular taste, but as they say, if it exists…

 

Gloom is the first single from Cobra’s forthcoming debut record Locking Tusks with Creation.

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