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THE BRONX with High Tension & Private Function
The Triffid, Brisbane
Thursday 18 October, 2018
The Bronx don’t just hit the stage at The Triffid, they mercilessly beat the everloving shit out of it.
Five albums in and now veterans of the scene, they’re still hungry and still playing shows like they mean every second of it.
Opening with a solid one-two punch of The Unholy Hand and Sore Throat, a clean shaven Matt Caughthran sums up the bands mission statement when he tells the almost packed room “That’s two songs laid to waste,” before launching into old faves Shitty Future and Heart Attack American.
Caughthran’s energy is infectious and, despite talk of jetlag, he puts on an entertaining show as always, continuously calling for more chaos from the stage. Never scared to back up his words, Caughthran leaves stage and joins the crowd on more than one occasion for rowdy singalongs and chaotic crowdsurfing, as the initial thrash punk fury settles into more classic rock sounds with tracks like Two Birds and White Guilt.
They are, at heart, a rock ‘n’ roll band, cut from the same stone as ‘wildmen’ entertainers like Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bon Scott.
The 20 song set covers every album equally and the band steamroll through newer tracks Side Effects and Night Drop At The Glue Factory with the same enthusiasm as they give older tracks like punk anthem They Will Kill Us All (Without Mercy) from their 2002 debut.
Around The Horn descends into a guitar shredding meltdown as Ken Horne assumes ‘guitar rock god’ pose on the foldback for full effect, taking a rare moment to steal the spotlight from Caughthran before the band leave stage. After a brief respite, they return for an encore of I Got Chills, Stranger Danger and finish by smashing out a raucous rendition of History’s Stranglers.
For all their noise and fury, there’s a sense of fun to The Bronx that puts them apart from their contemporaries. They are, at heart, a rock ‘n’ roll band, cut from the same stone as ‘wildmen’ entertainers like Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bon Scott.
They’re not preaching about politics or trying to impress with their musical virtuosity. They play to have a good time and for you to have a good time with them. It’s a simple formula that still eludes a lot of bands, but it’s one that The Bronx are masters at.
Catch The Bronx at the remaining dates with special guests High Tension & Private Function:
Sun 21 Oct // The Northern // Byron Bay
Tue 23 Oct // Cambridge Hotel // Newcastle
Wed 24 Oct // Molo Live @ ANU // Canberra
Thu 25 Oct Metro Theatre // Sydney
Fri 26 Oct // Capitol // Perth
Sun 28 Oct // The Gov // Adelaide
Mon 29 Oct // Karova Lounge // Ballarat
Tue 30 Oct // Barwon Club // Geelong
Wed 31 Oct // Croxton Bandroom // Melbourne