GIG REVIEW: Millencolin | 170 Russell | MELB | 3.5.16

Thursday, May 5, 2016

It was the last show of the tour and firing up the crowd first was Melbourne locals, Postscript. although there wasn’t much of a crowd to work with, they still managed to unleash their own flavour of punk rock and managed to keep your attention. singer, Jess Cuman also managed to relate with the crowd often, bringing up that they also listen to Millencolin and cracking a laugh with “We're all old as fuck!”.

drawing the crowds closer to the stage next was Adelaide punks, Grenadiers. with a punk like attitude, lead singer jesse coulter demands for the crowd to “move closer!”, also asking if anyone went to the show the night before at 170 russell and that everyone was in for a treat, which helped loosen u the visibly older crowd. They then kicked into doing what they do best and thats into grasping your attention with an attention grabbing performance. They showed poise in their performance and unleashed respectable rhythms, keeping up solid energy levels even though it was a Tuesday night. Prehaps it was because it was the last night of the tour, however they made it feel like it was a Friday night and work tomorrow was no question.

sirens start to sound, the lights go dark, the room is absolutely packed and energy levels are amped, it was Swedish punk legends, Millencolin to unleash. they begin with ‘Egocentric Man’, having guitarists , Mathias Farm and Erik Ohlsson, already almost leaping into the crowd with their guitar licking goodness. They then quickly transitioned into ‘Penguins & Polarbears’, which was a definite crowd pleaser. It was also visible that security guards knew what they were in for early on because crowd surfing at this gig began at a firing start of the gig. The crowd were not their to mess around, and neither were Millencolin. Even though they brought up a stat they discovered which was ‘Australia has the largest greek population’ and jokes about ‘greek yogurt’ which only brought smiles to the passionate crowds and again making it not feel like it was a weekday.  It was noticeable that crowds were there to unleash their passion for the band.  They preformed 22 massive sing-a-longs within an hour and a half set, brought back a lot of good times and memories for their matured fans and Farm teasing the crowd with ‘We will be back soon!’.

PHOTO GALLERY: Millencolin | 170 Russell | MELB 23.5.16
Photos by Kristy Smolcic