Some people may be put off by the thought of a mid-week gig but for Sydney rock fans last night, the Wednesday night show day was certainly no deterrent, with the City Centre’s Metro Theatre well on the way to capacity before openers Red Bee took to the stage. Red Bee – made up of brothers, singer and guitarist Daniel Silk and bassist Jim Silk, along with drummer Ian Dunn – were quick to jump headfirst into the action, rocking hard to their heavy, well-refined sound like a well-oiled machine. Not wasting any time, the threesome powered through a seven-song set, throwing in a few songs off their recently released album, ‘Silent Enemy’, for good measure before making way for the mighty Seether.
Three years since last gracing our shores, Seether is keen to jump right in, opening their set with the first track off their latest album ‘Poison The Parish’, Stoke The Fire to the delight of the now-packed room. Powering straight into Gasoline, the boys were only just getting started, although the crowd was already well and truly on fire.
With energy levels already at an all-time high just two songs in – comparable to the kind of energy usually seen in the latter half of gigs – Seether (made up of vocalist Shaun Morgan, bassist Dale Stewart, drummer John Humphrey and touring guitarist Corey Lowery) were not wasting any valuable time or energy, powering straight into Let You Down. Truth and Rise Above This follow, much to the excitement of the all-too-eager crowd.
Pausing, but only for a moment – probably to catch his breath – Morgan says a quick hello before pointing out that “this is really fun!” Without further ado, the boys jump straight back in with the groovy Betray And Degrade but not without some seriously funky dance moves courtesy of Stewart to get the remainder of the room moving. Words As Weapons becomes the singalong anthem of the night before Save Today slows things down but only briefly. Country Song proves to be another fan favourite which again sees everybody in the room grooving along before Driven Under takes things down a notch again.
Despite this tour being in support of their recent release, ‘Poison The Parish’, the biggest portion of the night’s set list is made up of older songs which are all particularly well-received. The remainder of the set all appear to be major crowd pleasers beginning with Fine Again. An evolved rendition of old-school classic Broken has Morgan drowned out by the crowd’s singing before things step up a notch again for Nobody Praying For Me and Fake It.
Having only spoken a few words thus far, Morgan stops again to address the crowd and say thank you once more. He enthusiastically exclaims that this has been one of the best crowds of the entire world and that the bar has been set exceptionally high for the remainder of the tour. Not bad for the first show of the run. Promising to be back sooner than in another three years’ time, the band dive in once more and give absolutely everything they have left in the tank to close out the night with Remedy.
Seether is a band who have stuck to their game in regards to their live show and not changing things that aren’t broken. Their dark and moody set reminiscent of an old-school dingy rock club, these boys are playing as tight as ever and having a great time doing so. With a show that just gets better every tour they do, this is a show you do not want to miss!
Seether continue their Australia tour tomorrow night in Melbourne at The Forum. Grab your tickets for the remaining dates below!
May 25 – The Forum, Melbourne (18+)
May 26 – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane (AA)
May 28 – Foundry, Christchurch, NZ (AA)
May 30 – Shed 6, Wellington, NZ (AA)
May 31 – Great Hall, Auckland, NZ (AA)
Photos by Roger Brooks