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The Rock-itt : December 2011
NORTHLANE ALBUM LAUNCH REVIEW By Dan Nascimento W/ In Hearts W ake + The Ocean The Sky + Hearts Like W olves + Perspectives + Sweet Apes The biggest show YoYo’s have seen this year. 200 people showed up to pay homage to local boys Northlane, who released their debut album Discoveries Friday November 11 th . Backed by a strong bill of supports, everyone in attendance was in for one hell of a night. Young Five Dock Quintet SWEET APES kicked off proceedings with their first single “Police Cops”. The strength of their lead female vocalist counteracted perfectly with the chugging rhythm section throughout their set. Simple yet effective guitar arrangements and a strong engine room, The Sweet Apes are ever progressing into a force to be reckoned with in the local scene. PERSPECTIVES took the baton, and sure as hell didn’t look like slowing down. Having been together for only a small amount of tim e, the boys play well beyond their age as a band. They made the stage their own during their set, conveying their m essage through their Melodic Hardcore sound, very much La Dispute meets Title Fight, intent and dashes of aggression, as well as doses of calm, soothing lead work. Perspectives are a breath of fresh air in the local scene, ever progressing as time follows suit. Western Sydney’s HEARTS LIKE WOLVES stepped things up a notch, showing the versatility of the bill by shooting out of the blocks with fire and intensity, with slick instrumentals and bellowing vocals. Every song has guidance and a purposeful structure that conveys some form of message through the lyrics and progression of the song. The passion seeps through as they pump out each track. Although a lot of the crowd did not seem as familiar with them as the previous 2 acts, they sure as hell sat up and took notice. THE OCEAN THE SKY brought the keys, adding further versatility this huge bill. The 6 piece glowed with enthusiasm on stage, as they pumped through their upbeat set. Various Synth and Sample breaks provided a guilty pleasure for all those in attendance, adding to the appeal of their work. Overall, it was polished and well perform ed set that saw The Ocean The Sky pick up a heard of new fans. Byron Bay veterans IN HEARTS WAKE were main support, and what a privilege it was for those in attendance to have these dudes on the bill. These guys are workhorses in the heavy scene, constantly on the road through the years, and many in attendance beemed with appreciation as they pumped through an impressive set. With familiar sounds from Harry Potter and Chris Brown thrown into their set, as well as all the IHW favourites, the band were a perfect finish to the entrée’s of the evening. After a slightly delayed set up, making sure all was intact ready for the big launch, the main course, NORTHLANE took to the stage, ready to blow the roof off YoYo’s. Scattering offerings from their debut album Discoveries throughout their set, Northlane shook the foundations with their bone rattling brand of metalcore. The crowd were intense and appreciative, the band were even more so, this was the launch that they wanted, a launch that in no way disappointed. Northlane finished their set, those in attendance witnessing one of the biggest prospects in the modern day heavy scene. And that was that, a huge night at YoYo’s, the first Sell out of the year! Be sure to make it down on Friday December 2 nd , as we have another EP Launch, this time from Local Punks Seek the Silence. We haven’t disappeared, just moved around the back into Market Lane, almost opposite the entrance to Manly Library We are offering the same great deals on all types of custom picture framing 3 Market Lane, Manly NSW 2095 Phone: 99778262 Mob: 0423 619 144