Live: Reburn + Downonthefirst + My Flawless Ending + The Mysticcs + My Friend’s Bread

2011-10-24 12:48
Roar, Observatory - Friday night at ROAR and there’s a full line-up of five bands. The crowd’s a bit on the thin side, though, so it helps that the venue is cozy. R8 beers don’t hurt, either.

First up is My Friend’s Bread. Interesting name, not really up there with the cooler names in the industry but hey, it’s all about the music, right? Well, these dudes can swing a guitar or two. Sam Sale on lead guitar plays an awesome set with some impressive picking skills. The band’s sound draws inspiration from rocker-rap kings, Rage against the Machine, and we get a lot of faux anger thrown at us from lead vocalist Matthew Weir.

Continuing with this trend, and taking it up a notch, is Downonthefirst, a band who think their sound is grunge but which is closer to hard rock. Frontman Trucker belts out the vocals like a banshee. The small but devoted crowd of rockers sway appreciatively to the beat.

The mood shifts when My Flawless Ending takes the stage. Bushy permed hair and smoother edges cue us for some Bon Jovi-inspired rock anthems. Their constructed look, arb reckonings onstage and fake attitude don’t make for a convincing live act.

Next on is Reburn who pile into their set with Scottie Moore’s expressive vocals. Some solid songwriting skills produce a sound which is not just another SA rock rant. There are actual pauses and instrumental parts which don’t hang only on a flashy guitar solo.

The last band to play is The Mysticcs, a three-piece blues rock band with a heavy, and I do mean heavy, emphasis on Hendrix. Lead guitarist Ebi Johnstone’s riffs are drenched in Hendrix bends and progressions and he plays it like a freaking GOD. His behind-the-head playing gets some love but is an overstretch.

There is the predictable Hendrix cover (Red House) and I’m left feeling like these guys need their own material. Awesome skills, though.

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