REVIEW: The Story So Far + Basement @ UNSW Roundhouse
by Alessandra Arias
It’s clear punk never died. It’s just been hiding at UNSW’s Roundhouse.
Like most of the crowd, I grew up being heavily involved in the punk rock scene and the music sound-tracked so much of my youth. It’s clear, like me and my friends, that the crowd are just as keen to catch the killer four band line-up.
The Dead Love open the show and set the mood for the rest of the night. The Sydney band are loud, passionate and energetic.
Next up is Sydney’s own Endless Heights. No stranger to the Aussie punk scene, it’s clear the band are professionals at what they do and they rip through their set with confidence.
It’s then time for the co-headliners. Basement make their mark as they open their set with Disconnect from their 2018 release, Beside Myself.
The UK band capture the audience’s attention immediately, and to put it simply; they sound great. I even overhear a few people mention that they haven’t seen Basement live before, and the first thing they’re going to do when they get home is listen to their entire discography.
Tracks like Nothing Left, For You the Moon and Pine are clear crowd favourites. Although the band have solid punk roots, their new tracks show a more mature, alt rock side that is interesting and engaging.
They close with Covet and Promise Everything, some of my personal favourites.
As the lights dim and The Story So Far take the stage, the crowd starts to excitedly make their way to the stage. Empty Space resonates throughout the Roundhouse and the crowd passionately sing along.
Asking us if we’re warmed up enough, the band rips into an old favourite, Quicksand. I wasn’t expecting this track to be so early in the setlist – but it brings new life to the already enthusiastic crowd.
The Story So Far tear through a mixture of old and new tracks, but the crowd doesn’t falter and sings every lyric.
The band are completely in-sync – guitarists Kevin Geyer and Will Levy never miss a note. Parker Cannon is a weapon and is able to connect with the audience by simply taking a step back from the microphone and opening his arms, inviting the audience to take the reigns and sing back to him.
New tracks like Out of It, Upside Down and Proper Dose from the band’s 2018 release bring a new-found maturity to their catalogue.
Take Me As You Please particularly stands out for me. This acoustic track shows the band in a softer, romantic light and slows the pace for a little while.
Hard hitters All Wrong and Heavy Gloom follow, supported by finger pointing and passionate sing-alongs from the crowd.
“We don’t do encores, this is our last song”, says Parker Cannon, right before the band jumps into their 2015 track, Nerve.
Overall, The Story So Far and Basement’s co-headliner tour showed that punk is definitely not dead. If the rest of the tour is anything like the Sydney leg, be prepared for an energetic and passionate night of sing-alongs and damn good music.
You can catch The Story So Far and Basement tonight in Newcastle tonight at the Cambridge Hotel. More tour details below.
SATURDAY 20 APRIL: CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE (18+)
MONDAY 22 APRIL: THE GOV, ADELAIDE (Licensed All Ages)
TUESDAY 23 APRIL: 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE (18+) - SOLD OUT
WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL: ARROW, MELBOURNE (All Ages)
THURSDAY 25 APRIL: CAPITOL, PERTH (18+)
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