Words by Jordan Tucker
Photos by Dave Court
The Gov hosted an awesome night of high energy music from the UK and Australia on Thursday night. Enter Shikari, Hacktivist and Stories played to a crowd that filled the venue for an intimate, up close gig.
Stories, the Sydney based band, started the night off with a hard hitting set, one that was also their last tour before breaking up indefinitely. You could tell lead singer Morgan Dodson wanted to go out with a bang for their last hurrah, as they brought the house down with their metal-core jams. The track 'The Divide' stood out the most, with droning keys, heavy chugging guitars and harsh raw vocals. Seeing the band really enjoying themselves and going at with everything they've got, it's a shame to see them finish up for good.
Hacktivist were the next to play, hailing from Milton Keynes with their heavy rap metal music, they weren't here to mess around. J Hurley and Ben Marvin came out in full force, spitting rhymes over the heavy djent guitars from Timfy James and co. with the crowd singing along and moshing hard. The crowd got really excited when Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari joined in providing guest vocals for the song 'Taken'. By far the song that was best received was their cover of Jay-Z & Kanye West's 'N***as In Paris', creating a massive circle pit in the middle of the crowd with everyone going nuts. 'Outside the Box' was a nicer finisher to their set list, lighters and phones were waved in the air with lights dimmed, bringing it all together.
The St. Albans quartet Enter Shikari were the headliner, and boy did they blow the lid off The Gov. Rou, Rory, Chris and Rob brought their unique sound, that's hard to pin down to one genre, to Adelaide with enough energy to power the venue for weeks. The crowd were all here to see these guys and you could tell, with everyone belting lyrics back as the guys rocked their British hearts out to a set spanning all four of their albums. From regular crowd favourite (that also turned 10 years old this week) 'Sorry You're Not A Winner', with everyone joining in on the claps in the build up, to more recent tracks like 'Redshift', 'The Last Garrison' and 'Constellations'.
One thing to love about the UK band is that they love to interact with the crowd, during 'Radiate', lead singer Rou jumped into the crowd with his mic and a guitar to sing in the middle of a circle pit. As well as the constant banter back and forth between the band, their set really topped off the whole evening, making for a perfect end to the night. If you haven't checked out their album 'The Mindsweep' yet, you're in for a treat.
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