Sleeping With Sirens
+ Lower Than Atlantis + The Faim
@ The Big Top, Luna Park
Reviewer – Kaycee Cool
Forming almost 10 years ago, with 5 studio albums under their belt and their latest release Gossip showing us a completely different side of Sleeping With Sirens – they’re back for another run across Australia for the first time in almost 3 years.
First up we had Aussie locals The Faim, hailing from Perth, The Faim have quickly become popular on the Australian rock scene since forming in 2014. From the moment they hit the stage it was clear the crowd was ready for a rowdy night. Their set mainly filled with upbeat tracks – such as Saints Of The Sinners and Midland Line – they kept the crowd on the toes. Parading around the stage with a bouquet of flowers, frontman Josh Raven looked to be having the time of his life. Safe to say The Faim have found a new fan in me.
All the way from the UK, Lower Than Atlantis definitely had one of the most interesting performances I’ve ever seen. From having a dozen shoes thrown at frontman Mike Duce after promising a shoey to somewhat of a circle pit, I truly saw it all during Lower Than Atlantis. Nonetheless they put on one hell of a show featuring tracks like Work For It and Love Someone Else. Mike described the show as one their “weirdest and unusual” shows ever and he wasn’t wrong.
Finally, Sleeping With Sirens took to the stage for their first Australian show in almost 3 years. Opening with We Like It Loud there was no denying the wave of energy in the Big Top, with a crowd of almost 3000 screaming along.
Continuing with Go Go Go before slowing it down for Better Off Dead, accompanied with Kellins signature speech – “Life is a fucking pain in the ass sometimes, but you’re not alone we can get through it together”, bringing the crowd together as one for one of the more emotional songs of the night.
Hearing Empire To Ashes live for the first time was something else I’ll tell yall that, with it’s anthem vibe the audience had undeniable unity singing together. Hole In My Heart and One Man Army reminded is that Kellin Quinn can do alot more than just scream.
Keeping with the somewhat mellow vibe the band left the stage leaving with just Kellin and Nick for an acoustic set of Roger Rabbit where Kellin shows off his beatboxing, -which has always been a personal favourite of mine – Gossip and The Strays. I hate to say it, but Gossip acoustic was the tiniest bit disappointing compared to the studio version but it was definitely a highlight of the night when you hear Kellins impressive vocals. The Strays brought the energy back when the rest of the boys jumped back on stage for the last chorus, The Strays has always been an anthem for kids who felt they didn’t fit in but seeing a smile on almost every face on the crowd as they sing along shows how much Sleeping With Sirens music has impacted their lives.
Congratulations live is absolutely wild and when Kellin told us the next song would be their last, the crowd roared as the “we can be legends” came through speakers, screaming and giving it their all.
Sleeping With Sirens returned for an encore, promising the best 3 songs for last. The opening lines of If I’m James Dean You’re Audrey Hepburn had every emo in the building in their feels. Second to last we had If You Can’t Hang, which I believe would result in a riot is SWS ever took it off the set. Closing the show with Kick Me, the boys and the crowd feeding off each others energy for the final performance of the night, it’s not a surprise to say I left the show with no voice.
Considering this was the Gossip World Tour, I was surprised at the lack of songs from Gossip. But Sleeping With Sirens put on one incredible show, the passion and love on the bands faces throughout was so heartwarming to me, Sleeping With Sirens have always had such a special place in my heart, and I genuinely can’t think of a negative thing to say about their performance except that it was over far too soon, until next time SWS.
We Like It Loud
Go Go Go
Better Off Dead
Empire To Ashes
Hole In My Heart
One Man Army
If I’m James Dean You’re Audrey Hepburn
If You Can’t Hang
Check out Megan Carew’s gallery of this show HERE
AN MJR PRESENTATION WITH ARRANGEMENT BY UTA
SLEEPING WITH SIRENS
GOSSIP WORLD TOUR
2018 – AU + NZ
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
LOWER THAN ATLANTIS
WEDNESDAY 25TH APRIL – METRO CITY, PERTH
FRIDAY 27TH APRIL – EATONS HILL HOTEL, BRISBANE
SUNDAY 29TH APRIL – LOGAN CAMPBELL CENTRE, AUCKLAND
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