LIVE REVIEW: COLUMBUS, NOV 3 CROWN AND ANCHOR

Columbus band UNFD Spring Forever Interview

UNFD pop punk band Columbus are currently touring their debut album Spring Forever. On Thursday (Nov 3) at the Crown and Anchor, Columbus drove down all the way from Queensland to kick off the tour in Adelaide with Adelaidians Horror My Friend and Sleep Talk, and Byron Bay’s PLTS.

Adelaide melodic hardcore five-piece Sleep Talk opened the night to a packed out room eager to see one of the fastest growing bands in the local scene. Sleep Talk morph classic, mastodonic hardcore instrumentals and screeching, passionate screams with new wave emotional melodies and riffs. The high energy band got the room warmed up with the heaviest set of the night. Strangely contrasting, Sleep Talk’s music is a hybrid of arm flailing, clunky mosh tunes while capturing the audience’s hearts with poetic lyrics and poignant screams.

Byron Bay quartet, PLTS were virtually unknown to the now smaller crowd that had gathered back into the room after Sleep Talk. PLTS offer a classic rock sound reminiscent at times to Luca Brasi and Foo Fighters. While lead singer Kit’s vocals sound like they are heavily influenced by early 90’s classic rock such as Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave). PLTS easy listening anthems won the crowd over and offered something a little more traditional to enjoy.

Horror My Friend not only offered alternative indie rock jams, they brought the bants with them. If you weren’t already a fan of their catchy tunes, you had to love their on stage presence and chats with the intimate crowd. Suitably comfortable in their hometown, Horror My Friend started their first set of the tour to a room full of familiar faces. The two frontmen of the band swapped instruments as they took their turns to do vocal duties. The vocalist at the time would always have the guitar, which would ensure the jazzy bass rhythms were never hindered and given the full attention by the player. Horror My Friend make a great addition to the ‘Spring Forever’ tour offering a mellow, hand swaying set enjoyable for everyone.

Columbus have been grabbing the attention of fans and media with their latest album Spring Forever. Their set list consisted of a heavy focus on this latest edition much to the delight of fans. Their inspiration from 90’s rock classics shows through their minimalist 3-piece set up of guitars, drums and bass with no extras, keeping it classic to the core. Although categorised as a pop punk band, Columbus seems to fuse this rock influence into their instrumentals and vocalist Alex Moses’ heavy husky vocals. This has a complimentary pairing with the emo, pop lyrics and themes consisting of relationships and heartbreak.

Some fans were singing along with all the lyrics to every song, some audience members had just come down to see the newest, unique edition to UNFD’s normally hardcore exclusive roster. Columbus’ irresistibly catchy and emotionally relatable stories from Spring Forever were the favourites of the night, with lead single ‘Raindrop’ and rock anthem ‘Stay’ stealing the spotlight.

Spring Forever is taking Columbus to new heights, in a few years, they will be at a new level of success, playing in bigger venues with bigger crowds. Catching Columbus in such an intimate setting was a rare treat and if they continue the way they are going that intimate opportunity might not exist next time round.

Read our interview with Columbus vocalist Alex Moses

COLUMBUS
‘Spring Forever’ Australian Tour
With Special Guests Horror My Friend and PLTS

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Friday 21st October – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth* w/ Alex the Kid & Furball
Saturday 22nd October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury * w/ Alex the Kid & Furball
Thursday 3rd November – Crown & Anchor, Adelaide w/ Sleep Talk
Saturday 5th November – The Workers Club, Melbourne w/ Crusch
Thursday 10th November – Rad Bar (Yours & Owls), Wollongong LIC/AA w/ Amends
Friday 11th November – Newtown Social Club, Sydney w/ Blue Velvet
Saturday 12th November – Foundry, Brisbane w/ We Set Sail
Sunday 13th November – Foundry Records, Brisbane AA w/ Lifeboat

Ticket Pre Order bundles available now: https://columbus.lnk.to/SpringForever/24hundred

For complete tour and ticketing information, visit:
columbusbne.com

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