Sweden’s legendary punk rock kings Millencolin hit Brisbane last night to a massive sold out show at The Valley Drive In with support from the equally as legendary and brilliant Goldfinger, plus the forever awesome local Gold Coast / Brisbane punk rockers Being Jane Lane. With a line-up like this, it was set to be a huge night for Brisbane’s punk fans and huge it was! The Valley Drive In is a great venue, but a sold out show like this was just too big for the space allocated. Despite the lack of room to move, it was still a phenomenal gig with all three bands delivering blazing sets well received from fans.
Being Jane Lane are hands down one of the Gold Coast’s / Brisbane’s best punk rock bands around and seeing them land support for this show was just awesome and so well deserved. Teigan, Lou, PB, Kate and Ami are five ladies who know how to punk up the stage with every live performance, full of all the energy and in-your-face vibes you’d want from a punk band. 2018 was a big year for them and 2019 is looking to be the same. My bet is, give it another year or so and BJL will be everywhere you look, they are just that good. They opened with their latest single Next Step and included all their best tracks such as Sailboat and Never Have I Ever. We were also treated to their cover and punked up version of No Doubt’s Hella Good, with Teigan enthusing afterwards, “Thanks No Doubt! What a great band!” before breaking into their last song, Be Okay and then finishing the set by saying “Enjoy the rest of your night and drink shitloads of alcohol cos the Brightside rocks!”
Next up Goldfinger hit the stage, but it wasn’t just Goldfinger, it was next level, supergroup style with Chris Cheney from The Living End and Mike Herrara from MXPX joining them for what was one of the most high-spirited live performances I have seen in a while. So much vibrant, fun energy and good vibes coming off the stage into the crowd, which I am sure was reflected back at the band with the fans loving every minute. To start with, the band walked onto the stage to Let It Go from the Disney movie Frozen, with the crowds amused and singing along. Frontman John Feldmann greeted us with “What’s up Brissy!? This is my fifth time in Brisbane,” and a bit later stated, “If there is one thing I remember about Brisbane, it’s that you drink more than any other state in Australia!” which got a huge cheer in response from the crowd. They gave us a stellar live set full of all the big hits and fan favourites including my personal favourite and no doubt many others’, Here in your Bedroom; also including Superman, their famous cover of Nena’s 99 Red Balloons and their cover of Operation Ivy’s Knowledge. The set was delivered with full energy from start to finish with Feldmann asking the crowd to put their horns up before leaving the stage.
By the time Millencolin were ready to play, fans had packed themselves in so tight it was impossible to fight to the front again after I moved away from the front barrier for a quick break. Frontman Nikola Sarcevic walked onto the stage and hyped up the already extremely enthusiastic and fired up fans saying, “Brisbane! Are you guys having a good time out there!? I am having a blast!” The mosh was hectic with a whole lot of crowd surfing and all the usual antics you would expect at a sold-out punk rock gig, but as always, almost everyone looked out for each other and worked together as one big punk rock-loving family.
Playing a set that spanned their whole career with nine studio albums to choose songs from, it was a packed out set of hit after hit, including some really old school songs such as Olympic and Bullion, my personal all-time favourite Millencolin track, Fox as well as Penguins and Polar Bears, their latest single and title track from their new album ‘SOS,’ and Egocentric Man and Chameleon from their recent album ‘True Brew’. It was a non-stop singalong for all the fans, with everyone especially enjoying a big crowd singalong to an acoustic song, The Ballard, from their classic album ‘Pennybridge Pioneers.’ Closing with Mr Clean before doing a huge encore full of so many more awesome tracks, it really was a non-stop deliciously tasty treat for the huge number of die-hard Millencolin fans that managed to score a ticket to last night’s show. Everyone left in a hot sweaty mess and on that musical high you get after a ridiculously good live gig. It really was a great night of live punk music. The tour finishes up tonight at the Soundlounge on the Gold Coast with yet another sold out show.