Be you the proud owner of a gold coin? This was all that was required to gain entry to a solid night of Adelaide Prog- Rock. The occasion? The release of Overview Effect’s EP.
Words by Callum Parr Photo by Oliver Green
I arrived to an already buzzing Producers Bar just in time for openers, CYNYXYTY (pronounced Cinic-City). They kicked off the night with a laid back, funky piece that sported almost video game like keys and hints of jazz. They flowed through a set of prog-funk-jazz tunes, emceed by the sophisticated voice of their keys player. As their Daft Punk cover emerged, I felt as if I was in a classy Toronto Bar. An enthusiastic crowd looked on as the five- piece brought down the dynamics in 'Sea Horse Lagoon', then concluded the set with a lengthy instrumental segment driven by a solid rhythm section, scaly guitar leads and sweeping synths.
Continuing down the vein of prog-rock but introducing notes of metal, next to grace the stage was For Millennia. These guys have only been around for about a year but have already released a huge “demo” (definitely not just a demo) and shared the stage with Caligula’s Horse and Alithia. With the fiery image of their latest release projected behind them, they blistered through a set propelled by intricate drumming, metal-guitar riffage, soaring keys and basslines that Dom shredded as if they were on a guitar. This was all topped off by the emotive charisma and poetic vocals that soared through the room from the diaphragm of front man, Henk Plaggemars. Notably- backing up Henk in the vocals department was Rory Amoy, the band’s drummer, who boasts the capacity to melt your face with screams more br00tal than a lot of front men in the game. With the stage presence of veterans, For Millennia’s set was over in a flash and the room had begun to fill out.
As Tool cranked over the PA and the smoke machine worked in over time, anticipation was heightening for headliners Overview Effect. Finally, from behind a curtain of smoke came the first haunting guitar chords, which continued for minutes developing a reverbing soundscape that had the whole room fixated on the stage. Then, like a siren song through the mist, Felicia’s pitch perfect vocals cut through- lingering on each note. The memorization continued as the smoke cleared and both the silhouettes and music became human. Out of nowhere the five-piece kicked into a heavier section with bursts of prog guitar, bass licks and soaring vocals. The crowd toward the front began moshing- a rarity at a local gig- as the band effortlessly glided through their intricate pieces.
With little said between songs (and little needed to be said), the tempo was brought down with a delicate, spacey piano and vocal piece concluded aptly by Johnny speaking everyone’s minds- “Felicia on vocals, Jesus f**king Christ!” to which Felicia threw up the metal horns and the band kicked into another heavy section. Suddenly out of nowhere, with similar prowess to Rory from For Millennia, Theo began growling like the front man of a death metal band, initiating yet another pit.
After leaving the stage, they were urged on by the now rowdy crowd. The encore saw Overview Effect in its full form- with intricate drumming partnered by tight bass licks, crunchy guitars and a massive array of vocal lines from their captivating, circle- head banging front- woman, Felicia.
I have been to a couple of Overview Effect shows since their inception and to say they have come a long way would be an understatement. They pulled a solid crowd to a local show and executed every track with grace. These guys are going places.