There was no better way to begin the Easter Holidays than a night with Pagan as they kicked off ‘The Evil Eye’ national tour at the Crown and Anchor on Thursday 18 April.

Pagan’s hot pink neon inverted cross lit up the room as the band tore through their debut album ‘Black Wash’. The size of the crowd at the Crown and Anchor and Pagan’s continuous touring around Australia and Europe shows how successful this first album was. Luckily their live show didn’t disappoint and is a refreshingly high energy performance with vocalist Nikki diving and dancing high and low across the tight-spaced stage at every opportunity.

‘Death Before Disco’, ‘Year Of The Dog’ and ‘Holy Water’ got the room moving and hips swaying immediately. ‘Imitate Me’ received the biggest response of the night with the crowd screaming back the title during the chorus louder than Pagan. During this song, the contrast in Nikki’s screaming vocals and bassist Dan’s clean melodic voice is one of the highlights of the band’s performance and shines bright when it pops up throughout other songs.

The neon lights and upbeat guitar progressions made the atmosphere better fit for dancing than moshing, with many audience members replicating this feeling. Pagan manages to mix heavy screaming vocals with this groovy instrumental tempo to produce a headbanging and yet danceable live show.

Pagan’s national tour continues through April and May 

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