Review: A Day Of Clarity Hardcore Matinee

Words by Jordan Tito
Photos by Rory Clark

Sleep Talk

Sleep Talk

Making waves in the local and national scene, Sleep Talk made their A Day Of Clarity debut last Saturday night. Blending a perfect balance of new and old, they smashed a set of crowd favourites from EP Growing Pains, as well as unreleased album tracks which premiered the heavier, melodic future that lies ahead. Bodies and voices surged for ‘Sorry’ and ‘Watch You Leave’ which saw an abundance of mic grabs. Concluding with everyones favourite single ‘Mother’, Sleep Talk left the crowd excited for whats to come.

As their last Adelaide show before hitting the road with Australia’s Saviour and The Comfort this week, Hindsight destroyed the Crown & Anchor stage. The boys have built a reputation for live shows - a party of stage invasions, flailing limbs, crowd surfing and beers - and last night wasn’t any different. Wasting no time, they started with ‘Night Light’, undoubtedly one of their heaviest songs, which had punters swirling and jumping on-one-another within seconds. Executing a collection of tracks from Disposable Paradise & their 2014 split, the explosive emo quintet are fuelled by raw soul-crushing emotion and pure chaotic live performance. After crazed crowds accidentally disconnected the microphone, their last song and ballad 'Love Over' was sung by a passionate chorus of voices from adoring fans. 

Hindsight

Hindsight

Considered the heavyweights of heavy, 2017 is going to be a big year for Reactions. Between touring with Stick To Your GunsKnocked Loose, playing a string of headlining shows in Melbourne and releasing new single ‘Heavy Chains’ just this week - the boys are expected to release their new album March Of Dissolution June 30th. As one of the only bands to grace the A Day Of Clarity stage every year, the boys didn’t disappoint. Wall to wall, bodies stood squished against another to bare witness to Reactions Soul Witness. 'Bite My Tongue', 'Guilt Trip' and 'Wicked Ways' and newest single ‘Heavy Chains’ went bezerk. Crowds heaved as punches were thrown, legs flew and punters either jumped into the pit or hid away. Closing, as always, with 'Forsaken', there is no doubt that Reactions new album is going to a force to be reckoned with.