Review by Nathan King
Photos by Bryn Taylor
Friday the 13th at The Producers Bar and it is an all Adelaide cohort of synth-sodden rock and post-prog bands. Serving as a double album launch for headliners Overview Effect and support act Molloy it was a fitting soundtrack for such a superstitious evening.
Starting the evening off in a rather counterpoint fashion to the headline act Overview Effect was iiah. Drawing much of their sound from digitally delayed synths and overdrive guitars iiah were very well situated as the opening act, as their sound was low key yet very much warming for things to come. Their track 'Gunnhild' very much was a perfect encapsulation of their style and it appeared to resonate with those in attendance, there was even at one stage an interesting usage of a bow by guitarist Ben Twartz.
Following iiah's set were ambient prog-rockers Molloy, whom were playing in full their debut album Malone Dies as well as some older material. From the first note it was evident that Molloy were not going to be an operatic Ian Curtis, not just because they have no vocalist, but rather all the ambience set by iiah had been brutally dissipated via trio of fuzzed guitars and bursting bass. Pleasing much in attendance and scraping heels on the equally as hard concrete floor their new album went down a treat with fans and newcomers alike.
Now with the audience in equal measure of ambient brooding and heel scraping, headbanging headliners Overview Effect took to stage. Keen to premire in full their debut album Fault Lines the very drawn back opener of 'Factor Paradiso' let the crowd ease into what was to come. The album was very much of the same style from track to track though of moody post-metal vocals from Felicia Tassone abruptly transitioning into a post-hardcore scream at times, much to the crowds pleasure. At times though, the unusual track durations could be perceived as a little much, as the title track 'Fault Lines' has a duration over 33 minutes.
In all it was a very fitting evening for all ambient loving post-rockers in Adelaide and a wonderful showcase of the local scene, even if at times the evening had unfortunately strayed into a 2005 Paramore-vibe.