Wednesday night isn’t your typical night for international acts to come through town, but punters still came out to see The Saddest Landscape. It was a big night of emo-tinged tunes, with a 4-act bill ranging all the way from Newcastle to the US of A.
Safe Hands opened up the show. Added to the bill in the last minute, the band was down a member with frontman Benjamin Louttit taking on Bass duties as well as singing. In the lead up to the release of their sophomore album, Safe Hands have become an incredibly intense and tight live act; their music is taking on a new direction that plays more with dynamics, which only improves their live show. The majority of the set was lifted from the upcoming album, with a few old tracks sprinkled in.
Up next were locals Introvert, one of the more exciting bands in Newcastle at the moment. With a sound that combines Grunge with Post-Hardcore, Frontman Audie Franks stands in the middle of a hurricane; fellow band members twist and flail on stage with the music, while Franks stands statue still. The set highlight was their latest single ‘It’s Alright’.
Racoon City Police Department have been through town a few times. All the way from Adelaide, the band have built a loyal following down the front of the stage. Their sound brings in more elements of the current Emo Revival scene, as well as acts such as Pianos Become The Teeth. They’re an engaging live act that are among the best in the country at what they do.
After nearly 15 years as a band, The Saddest Landscape are on their first ever Australian tour. The whole band were humbled and thankful for the opportunity to play on the other side of the globe, and delivered with a visceral and emotional set that delivered for longtime fans. Andy Maddox is an intense yet intimate performer; his vocals conveying a sense of pain and urgency that draws the crowd in.
The band played strongly throughout their set, never slowing down or giving any less, with Maddox jumping into the crowd multiple times in the end. A fantastic set from veterans of the scene.