From the second they step out on stage, Kvlts of Vice have their work cut out for them. They’re in front of a generally apathetic crowd, milling about while a classic rock playlist thuds out of the speakers. It’s a Saturday night, but there’s no vibe to work with in the room – and those that haven’t slunk out to the beer garden are probably under the impression they’re about to see the headliner; anyone else would be simply intruding. Vocalist Jordan Von Grae saunters on – a gaunt Peter Steele doppelganger, draped in an ankle-length coat – and proceeds to deceptively stun the on-lookers with his pipes.
With a line-up that looked like it came straight from a Triple J Hottest 100 top 10 from 20+ years ago, Scene and Heard festival was a nostalgic experience.
Although with a majority of attendees more mature than the average festival audience, there was a youthful atmosphere around Newcastle’s Wickham Park – reminiscent of late 90’s and early 2000’s, the festival was a celebration of teen angst, rock and roll, Australian music and what it means to people.
Front End Loader and Dallas Crane set the tone for the day, classic rock riffs, loud drums with vocals to match. There were some old classics thrown into the mix like Rock And Roll from Led Zeppelin that got everyone looking up and eager to hear more. Read More
Y’know, I can’t help but laugh when looking back at when I volunteered to review and photograph a gig down in my hometown of Frankston. I should’ve known what I was signing myself up for. A heavy punk hardcore vibe in the dark and dingy Pelly Bar in the heart of Frankston’s sketchy at best night scene… All the signs were there. It got rowdy.