Alternative punk rock band, Bayside have just begun their massive national Australian tour. This is Bayside’s first time on a headline tour of Australia and they’ve made sure they’re not letting anyone miss out, visiting 9 different cities around the country.
On Nov 5, Bayside made their way from Perth to Adelaide, visiting a devoted Saturday night crowd of passionate fans giving Adelaide a lengthy headline set.
Local Adelaide melodic rock 5-piece, Mayweather opened the night to an early bird crowd. Mayweather are no strangers to the stage, having opened for The Red Jump Suit Apparatus, Kisschasy, The Getaway Plan and Funeral For A Friend. The band’s experience showed through their performance as they confidently navigated through their short set list.
Adelaide’s melodic hardcore up comers, Coves sounded like an odd fit to support Bayside originally. However, Coves managed to alter their performance to fit in with the mellow, easy listening Bayside audience. Their second EP Dying Light has gained the band some well-deserved attention in the Adelaide hardcore scene, yet their melodic hardcore ballads crossover into a gentler audience similar to hardcore/metalcore successes Hellions and The Amity Affliction.
Coves won over the small audience of originally, uninterested yet polite Bayside fans. Their softer sounding hits such as ‘Could’ve, Would’ve’ were just the right mix of melodic and hardcore to get the crowd cheering. While their heavyweight, mosh inducing single ‘Dying Light’ swayed the crowd, giving them a taste of the darker side. Coves are in a great position where they can blend in between genres, offering the best of hardcore and catchy melodic sing-alongs similar to the most successful bands out today.
Far Away Stables were more of a classic fit with the pop punk, alternative Bayside fans. Similar to Mayday Parade and The Getaway Plan, Far Away Stables offered alternative rock hits with a skillfully perfected live show. With the use of crowd interaction, a megaphone, and a tight-knit stage presence, Far Away Stables put on an exciting set, doing everything a successful support act should.
Young Lions had a unique lineup change for the beginning of the Bayside tour. Vocalist, William Jarratt of UNFD melodic hardcore band Storm The Sky had stepped in to cover vocal duties for Young Lions as their vocalist Zach Britt couldn’t make it due to unforeseen circumstances overseas. For fans of Storm The Sky, this was a sight to see, both bands are quite similar but it was a privilege to see Jarratt take on a purely softer singing style.
Young Lions produce anthem styled singalongs similar to Thirty Seconds To Mars. This style is predominant in the song ‘When Will We Be Free?’, a mammoth song sounding like it belongs in stadiums. Young Lions are so nearly there and are on the right train to success, it’s exciting to think what their next album will bring.
Bayside stepped up to the stage performing to a crowd who have been waiting for a headline tour for years. Bayside did not disappoint, they performed a lengthy set list made up of their hits over their expansive 6 album discography. Although Bayside have frequented Australia on numerous tours with Soundwave, these select fans were overdue and in need of a personal performance from the kings from queens.
Bayside performed a number of songs off of their latest album Vacancy (2016). Although the crowd was small, it seemed to be a rare occurrence where every fan in the audience knew the words to the majority of all of Bayside’s songs, no matter how obscure. It was one of those shows where you could walk to the front row without any hostility from the audience. Although not an active bunch, the crowd was standing in awe, singing along and taking in the moment where they finally got to see Bayside in such an intimate setting.
With a 16 year career, Bayside know exactly what they’re doing. Even though the band was working through a 5am wake up call every day, they were near to perfect. Instrumentally they sound spot on to the studio with singer Anthony Raneri’s vocals never straining. To put the cherry on top, Bayside covered The Killers’ ‘Mr. Brightside’ that could be confused with a song in new album ‘Vacancy’, due to the lyrical content fitting the themes a little too well.
If Bayside never toured Australia again fans couldn’t complain. The band covered everything they needed to, giving a brief history of their career while adding in a few gems for the loyal turnout. Their Australian tour has only just begun and it’s not a show you want to sleep on.
with YOUNG LIONS & FAR AWAY STABLES
Presented by Destroy All Lines, Chugg Entertainment