It’s Friday night, it’s early spring, and it’s AFL Grand Final eve. Where better to spend the night than watching three of Australia’s talented up and coming bands playing at Fowler’s, with Caligula’s Horse the headlining act?
Caligula’s Horse has come a long way since they formed six years ago in Brisbane. This is their second date of their national tour for their entrancing fourth album In Contact, a deeply personal but uplifting concept album.
For the Adelaide stop, we have two excellent support acts. The first, local five-piece band Colibrium, who drew quite a crowd for their set. The vocalist, Chris Gard, has the ability to hit the highest of notes while maintaining composure, while bassist Craig Williams gives an energetic performance that drags you into their sound and makes them a joy to watch.
Melbourne instrumental project, I Built The Sky, took the stage shortly after. With the crowd swelling, the three-man-band showed the audience the intensity and technicality of their music.
However, it was the headline act Caligula’s Horse that the audience were mainly here for. Their new album In Contact has cracked the top 50 in the album charts, and is a joy to immerse yourself into.
Starting with two songs from a new album can always be risky, however ‘Dream The Dead’ and ‘Will’s Song’ were so strong and powerfully performed, that everyone was dragged into the set immediately. Vocalist Jim Grey has an amazing range from bar room rock to the sound of a haunted angel—all within a flash. After a few months off the road, the band seemed to be enjoying playing live again—the sound and vibe was electric.
The tight confines of Fowler’s always makes their shows a personal experience but as Caligula’s Horse shredded their way through the set, it was clear that this was something different entirely. You felt that they were playing just to you, yet it was shared with everyone in the room.
Their new spoken word song ‘Inertia and The Weapon Of The Wall,’ gave everyone a chance to catch their breath after the absolutely belting ‘Songs For No One.’ It was a truly dynamic song that blends heavy riffs, soft gentle sways, wonderful solos and vocals that seem to ascend toward the heavens.
It wasn’t long though before the epic ‘Bloom,’ resplendent with an impressively simplistic but highly effective light show, showed that when it comes to performing this is a band that goes for a holistic approach. They leave no stone unturned.
Caligula’s Horse is going places, their new album is top quality and they have the performance to match. The audience left knowing they watched something special, a band about to take the next step, a band they truly were ‘In Contact’ with the whole night.
Saturday, 30 September: Max Watt’s, Melbourne
Wednesday, 4 October: The Basement, Canberra
Thursday, 5 October: The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Friday, 6 October: The Factory Theatre, Sydney
Saturday, 7 October: The Triffid, Brisbane
Get tickets via wildthingpresents.com, Oztix and the venues.
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