Last Saturday, five incredible Australian bands hit the stage at Adelaide’s JIVE to bring down the house for Vision Festival. Local bands Pemberton, Cobra, SIAMESE and Horror My Friend were joined by Perth band The Love Junkies for a night of excellent music and talented offerings.
Local boys, Pemberton, got the crowd warmed up with a punk rock performance; tight and electric on stage. They played songs from their upcoming EP, treating the crowd to something new and unseen before. The boys were enthusiastic onstage; drummer Damon Lloyd impressing the crowd with some epic head banging during his performance.
Cobra followed up with their typically hypnotic and jarringly melodic performance. Also playing tracks from their upcoming LP, they displayed an impressively technical live show. Casual and relaxed, they combine heavy growling riffs with complex drumming patterns and have a hectic stage presence. If what they play live is anything to go by, their LP will be an incredible offering from the band.
SIAMESE hit the stage with a relaxed alternative rock sound, reminiscent of a ’90s grunge performance. Both edgy and tight, SIAMESE have a live performance worth checking out. There was a mix of old and new for Vision Festival, premiering a new song to get the party started. Popular with the crowd, these guys give a fun performance worthy of a follow up.
Flying in all the way from WA, Perth, The Love Junkies brought down the house with their performance. Catchy and danceable, they got the crowd going as soon as they hit the stage. Playing their hit ‘I Had A Party Once’, vocalist Mitch Mcdonald told everyone, “let’s party twice, you know what I’m saying?” And party is exactly what they did; the band were having a blast on stage and the mood was contagious.
Headliners, Horror My Friend, got on stage and, much to the delight of the crowd, opened with a new song. Playing tracks from their new album Stay In, Do Nothing, they kept the crowd dancing until the very end with their indie-rock anthems. A mix of old and new, Horror My Friend is going far with their warm stage presence and pure talent.
Vision Festival felt like an intimate show with friends; the bands incredibly supportive of each other and each performance was tight, energetic and completely unique. Excellent things are happening with Australian music talent of late; we suggest you get behind these bands now and come along for the ride.
Photos: (First) Supplied, (second) Marty Knoll, (third) SIAMESE, (fourth) Sia Duff