GIG REVIEW: NEW FOUND GLORY ft BAYSIDE & THE WONDER YEARS | THE HI-FI (MELB) | 24.2.15
(Photograph by Karla Tolentino)
The Hi-Fi in Melbourne saw an abundance of Pop Punk lovers ready for a killer night filled with sing-a-longs, mental moshing and hands that were clapping to every beat.
The Wonder Years brought an array of praise for their mighty return to Australia after previous cancellations due to a scheduled tour falling through, which saw fans purchase tickets then being told its not happening. However with much appreciation AJ Maddah had contacted the guys and said for them to join the Soundwave Lineup in 2015. The patience from fans was there but the ecstatic energy of excitement overpowered it, which was evident on the night through fans belting out tracks with pumping fits.
Bayside were up next, and what a crowd they brought. The venue seemed to be swimming with fans jumping like jumping beans. Their performances even saw Jordan Pudnik (singer of New Found Glory) lurking in the back taping along on the stairs backstage for most of their set.
New Found Glory are no strangers when hitting the stages of Australia and they showed no slowing down.
Their sets opened with tune "Battle Hymn Of The Republic" building up all the nerves of excitement. They then absolutely busted out onto stage with new track ‘Selfless’ of their new album Resurrection. This outburst saw the crowd going bonkers! Energy levels were once again raised.
The only member most of the night that was not jumping bananas was the drummer, Mike Ambrose who was to fill in for original drummer Cyrus Bolooki on their Australian Sidewaves shows (including Soundwave Festival shows). He however did an impressive stand in job that can still be highly credited.
The night brought an array of smiles from fans, their performance showed that there is no slowing down such legends. The energy that they brought was at the same level as they did the year before they came to Australia and the many years they have come before that. True fans would have been proud with the amount of older songs they also showcased.
Tracks such as ‘Understatement’ ‘Hit or Miss’,‘Hold my Hand’ and many more were played.
They’re closing with ‘All Downhill From Here’ as their last encore song showed why they are still and always be one of pop punks most influential bands.
They are still set to hit Sydney and Brisbane Soundwave Festival on the Weekend 28-29th. Be sure to check them while they are here ! Tickets Still Available at Soundwave
THE WONDER YEARS | BAYSIDE | NEW FOUND GLORY
HIFI MELBOURNE | 24.2.15
Photographer - Karla Tolentino
(Review Written by - Kristy Smolcic)
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