28 February 2010
Soundwave Melbourne -- 26th February 2010: Review
Intense heat didn't stop music lovers from flocking to the Melbourne showgrounds yesterday for the Melbourne leg of the Soundwave festival.
Soundwave has made a name for itself as a punk, hardcore and metal and alternative to more mainstream festivals like the Big Day Out, and this year, with headliners Faith No More and Jane's Addiction, the festival is becoming a serious competitor in the festival market.
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The Eagles of Death Metal added the appropriate amount of rock 'n' roll swagger early on in the day, although it seemed as though singer Jesse "the devil" should have thought twice about supporting Faith No More and racing off to do a solo set at Cherry bar the night before, as his voice wasn't as strong as usual.
Paramore were very strong in the afternoon as well, fronted by the vocal powerhouse/cutie Hayley Williams. Their set seemed to strike a chord with the audience, especially when they played 'Decode', from the Twilight soundtrack, followed by their 2007 hit 'Misery Business' and newer song 'Brick by Boring Brick'.
Reel Big Fish had the kids skanking, Get Up Kids reminded us why we loved them so much in the early noughties and there was even some 80's metal with Anthrax and Jimmy Eat World induced mass crowd singalongs with a stack of songs, especially 'Sweetness'.
But the bands everyone was interested to see were later on in the day -- Jane's Addiction and Faith No More.
Jane's disappointed fans after pulling out of Splendour in the Grass last fans, but made up for it yesterday with a strong greatest hits set, including 'Been Caught Stealing', 'Stop' and 'Jane Says'.
And then the main event: Faith No More. The band, fronted by the very handsome Mike Patton, have only been to Australia once, kicked off their set with a cover of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" and played all the hits -- from 'Epic' to 'Midlife Crisis', to 'Ashes to Ashes' and even threw in a cover of Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face'. Seriously.
For punters that couldn't score a ticket to the band's sideshow, their hit-laden 1 hour and 20 minute would have been more than satisfying.