It’s been four years since Underoath broke up. Four long years fans had to wait, hoping and praying for a reunion tour. Well, 2017 is the year it happened and it was well worth the wait. Underoath brought along Sydney’s instrumental post rock gods, Sleepmakeswaves, and together they took over The Gov for a night fans wouldn’t forget.
Sleepmakeswaves has become such a well-known group of musicians on account of their captivating performances and innovative music—right now, they are at the forefront of the post rock scene. Their set made you feel like you’d just walked in on them in the middle of an intense jam session; all you could do was stand quietly and watch while they, almost feverishly, wove together threads of music. It was brilliant to watch them be so involved with their music, and just as amazing to see the crowd sucked into their swirling melodies.
The hype for Underoath grew like the rumbling of an earthquake. Lights flashed in anticipation and the crowd screamed when they walked on. Energy was high from the beginning as they ripped right into their 2004 album, They’re Only Chasing Safety. The crowd was eager for interaction and frontman, Spencer Chamberlain gave it to them—he even ran around the barrier and into the crowd during a song. The crowd surged around him while he growled, and then he crowd surfed back onto stage.
Underoath played their single, ‘Down Set Go’ for the first time on Adelaide soil. Other crowd favourites were ‘A Boy Brushed Red…Living in Black and White’ and ‘Reinventing Your Exit’. They played the album closer, ‘Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape’ and left the stage. The lights dimmed and the crowd howled for them to come back. And they did, playing in its entirety their 2006 album, Define The Great Line.
The hype just never died, Underoath kept building the crowd up with each song; they never got tired. The crowd in itself was a sight to see as well, fists in the air and phone lights waved as everyone shared this experience. ‘Returning Empty Handed’ and ‘Writing on the Walls’ had the mosh jumping in unison, and would it really be a metal crowd if someone wasn’t blazing it? It was the kind of gig where you hand your phone to a mate, walk calmly into the mosh and all of a sudden you’re hoisted into the air fist pumping and yelling along with the song.
Two albums, 21 songs and a few hundred sweaty and satisfied fans. Underoath played every song like it was their first, with such passion and energy you’d never have thought they broke up.
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