As Matt Wright launched himself from stage and into the eager and waiting crowd, they swelled forward obligingly to catch him.
You could taste adoration in every breath. Each song was met by a chorus from the fans. Such dedication isn’t usually displayed at launches, given that the punters have only had days, weeks at best, to listen to the new tracks- let alone learn to sing along. It goes to show that even with a years break, The Getaway Plan are just as phenominal and just as loved as they ever were.
The night was kicked off by a less than awe-inspiring performance by Gatherer. They were loud and enthusiastic, but a bit sloppy and failed to rev the crowd. Maybe it just wasn’t their night? However next up, Perth rockers Break Evenwere whitsling a completely different tune.
They matched the energy of their earlier peers, but with an intensity that blew them clear out of the water. Even if you aren’t a scream rock fan, Break Even would be sure to have you at least quietly tapping an appreciative toe. I suppose it all boils down to the passion that they can create in each and every note. Break Even have definitley broken off with more than their fair share of talent. They poured themselves, heart and soul, into their instruments and through the mics, delivering each song with more fever and ferocity than the last.
As The Getaway Plan took to the stage, the very last breath of air was squeezed from the front of the sweaty, convulsing crowd and the night took off. Their new album Requiem is certianly worthy of touring, and of the reception they recieved in Brisbane, at The Hi-Fi.
It was clear, watching the group together on stage, that their time spent recording in Canada had forged stronger ties than ever before. They moved with tenacity and passion, seemlessly bringing their latest tracks to life before our very eyes. Leaving us with a high energy encore of City Meets the Sea, and I don’t think there was a soul left standing who wasn’t singing.
First published 6th Dec 2010, Not Street Press