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Millencolin w/ Goldfinger & The Lazy Susans
170 Russell, Melbourne.
Tuesday 5th March, 2019.
Adorned by a romantically red backdrop, The Lazy Susans open the evening with a nostalgic tone combining emo-indie-rock melodies as they welcome us into 170 Russell. As the Melbourne quartet journey us through their intrinsic performance, we congregate closer towards them; dancing along to their heartfelt set under the burning stage lights.
During the darkness of the intermission, we bustle around and sing along to the tracks filling the airwaves which unexpectedly spin us into Disney’s Frozen Let It Go. As the backdrop begins illuminating our crowd, Goldfinger ambushes the stage, cutting the chorus of our Frozen interlude short. Opening their set with Spokesman, they take our Disney vision to new heights as our mosh pit erupts.
It has been a little while since they’ve been down under, so John Feldman introduces themselves; “Hey, how are you guys going, Australia people? We’re Goldfinger and we’re from Los Angeles!” … Well, most of them are. Leaving no time to banter, the band get stuck right into their set with some local faces on stage. “This is Grant and Justin and they’re from Australia, they’re gonna play horns! And this is a ska song; I want every mother fucker dancing.” And so we do.
Leading us into an enthusiastic chant of our town, Feldman showcases one of our beloveds; “Chris Cheney is from Melbourne!” and so he is; shredding on the stage left, Cheney’s Gretsch shimmers as he rejoices into one helluva’ show; “this is a fuckin’ punk song and I wanna see a circle pit bigger than the fucking last one!” Abiding by Feldman’s requests, we up the ante furthermore, spiralling into their setlist.
Now making time for banter, Goldfinger would like to know; “has anybody seen a koalas wiener?” … Confused laughter flows through the venue with Feldman shifting the story; he’d been to the barber’s today and he now looked like a Backstreet Boys’ grandpa; the next song is about a cure. Jiving into their cover of The Cure’s Just Like Heaven, we keep the mosh pit jumping to their contagious groove.
As Feldman leans into the crowd, we try to take the lead vocals for Wake Up but we only spill more and more booze until they finalise their set with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Superman. Demanding more, Goldfinger grants our demands for an encore and finally close their set with a cover of 99 Red Balloons.
Opening their set with SOS, Millencolin gets straight into it while we match their enthusiasm and resurrect the mosh pit. Throwing one another from left to right and back again, their beat holds us up as we scramble to catch our flying compadres from hitting the ground.
During The Ballad, one mohawk’d punter keeps the crowd surfing alight, setting a fine example for the rest of us. Playing a selection of old and new songs, we’re introduced to Nothing and taken back to the tender age of Twenty Two. Nikola Sarcevic showcases what he’s been drinkin’, and hands a tinnie to a stoked punter while the rest of us try to catch guitar picks amongst flying bodies, Penguins & Polarbears. Despite some sound difficulties during their introduction of each member, we’re humoured and keen for their set to continue.
As we’ve all grown through their discography together, we’re pretty keen to keep on partying together; no Millencolin, unlike in Sweden, we don’t just drink on the weekends. It seems as though they’re trying to encourage our alcohol consumption at their first of two Melbourne shows which seem unnecessary—it’s hardly been a slow Tuesday, boys.
We show snippets of Sense and Sensibility through their show as we keep each other from falling down during the continuous circle pits and intense moshing. There’s a feeling of security among punters, and no dive seems although it wasn’t carefully calculated … But we’ve obviously not copped enough bruising for one night as we scream for more when our favourable Swedes attempt to close their set.
Bringing it back up for round two with Egocentric Man, the beers keep on flying in between the bodies that surf through the crowd during Bullion. Persevering through the stickiness of sweat and a concoction of thrown beverages, we help our crowd pleasing legends bring their set to an enormous ending with No Cigar.
Catch Millencolin with special guests Goldfinger at the following dates:
Wednesday 6 March // 170 Russell // Melbourne (18+) – SOLD OUTFriday 8 March // Roundhouse // Sydney (Lic A/A)
Saturday 9 March – The Valley Drive In, Brisbane (18+) – SOLD OUT
Sunday 10 March – Soundlounge, Gold Coast (18+) – SOLD OUT