The Butterfly Effect Brisbane (Brisbane, QLD)

29 August 2019 at The Tivoli

Lining up outside one of Brisbane’s most beautiful music venues The Tivoli I could feel the excitement all around me with everyone keen to get inside and get the night started.

The Butterfly Effect fans have waited years for their latest single Unbroken, Brisbane’s alternative rock band joined hordes of Brisbane fans along with local bands Hammers and These Four Walls at one of their many sold out shows around the country. We have waited a long time for this moment, so it was no surprise that the Tivoli was packed to the rafters from the start.

Starting off the night was These Four Walls. This hard rocking band based on the Gold Coast have been around the block and back supporting international bands Disturbed and Trivium and local Aussie acts Karnivool and previously The Butterfly Effect. These gents took to the stage and opened with a killer set. Already with 2 albums under their beltsThese Four Walls are keen to release their third telling us that its finally finished and ready to be released. Honestly, I can’t wait for that one. Only a small set for the guys tonight but they didn’t disappoint and delivered an epic show and left us warmed up and ready for Hammers.

First up we had Talons and Saints and Sinners. Anyone who has seen them play know they are amazing live, and tonight was no different. Met with an enthusiastic crowd they continued with True Sound of Running and Lilith. The energy was high and front man Steve matched it with his unique and powerful vocals. I’ve seen this band a couple of times now and they are one of my favourites. Each time they deliver an impressive show and never disappoint. Finishing off their set with two songs off their soon to be released album, Slow and my favourite Bravery. Hard work and dedication have made this band what it is today. A highly polished and professional band with so much passion for what they do. Looking forward to seeing where these lads go in the future.

Hammers were up next and took to the stage with the crazy reckless energy these guys are well known for. I saw Hammers at Dead of Winter and was keen to catch them again tonight. An awesome sound and it’s always a party when these guys are involved. They delivered their set with the enthusiasm of a tradie downing the first beer after knocking off. Their style is explosive, a Stoner Rock, Metal sound with some hit you in the face Punk, all mashed together. It’s no wonder they have such a huge following, these guys are here to rock!

Starting off their set with Last Breath and Just Cause they had the whole crowd pumped. They went on to play my favourite Guilty Pleasures, I just love the energy of this song. The pit, now getting tighter I could feel everyone coming in closer for a better look at the stage antics of front man, Leigh (Fish) Dowling. You can tell this guy means fun and boy does he have a lot of it on stage. I loved the Hawaiian shirts Lucas(Guitar) and Ricky(Bass) wore, casually comfortable while they delivered their punchy bass lines and mad guitar skills joined by Ruckus creating beautiful mayhem on drums. Finishing of the awesome setthese guys had absolutely rocked tonight and were enjoyed by the now packed venue. 

Both These Four Walls and Hammers had a huge fan base here tonight and, in my opinion, had the crowds pumped for the main event and deserved their place on this bill. Making new fans tonight, both bands proving that the local music scene in Brisbane is still thriving.

I absolutely love seeing The Butterfly Effect live and the last 2 shows I’ve been lucky to score a spot on the barrier. Honestly, it’s the best position to experience these guys. So many fans all here to witness Brisbane’s finest rock legends play again. Many have waited a long time for this. I was fortunate to see them last year when they crept out of their corners, testing the water. It was also a sold out show at The Triffid and it confirmed that we all still loved them. The demand was there, and tonight’s sell out at The Tivoli and many of their other sold out national shows was proof.

The lights dimmed, the crowd packed in even tighter in anticipation for what we were all here for. The boys took to the stage and the crowd went wild with excitement. Starting with Filling Silence a perfect choice to set the mood for the night. Playing on with another two classics Craveand Always, front man Clint Boge delivering a performance worthy of an award. The pure passion and pain he displayed had the crowd drawn in. It was beginning to sound like a pub choir on more than one occasion as literally everyone joined in singing along to A Slow Decent and Gone. It was brilliant and by this stage personal space was non-existent, but no one was complaining. They pulled out all the favourites tonight and it had the crowd eating out of their hands. Their newest release Unbroken was up next and although only new all the die-hard fans were already singing along to what’s close to becoming a new favourite of mine. Beautiful Mine and One Second of Insanity gave us an opportunity to appreciate Kurt Goedhart sweet guitar riffs and deliciously chunky Bass lines from Glen Esmond, all matched perfectly withbeats to kill fromdrummer Ben Hall. Boge has this ability to capture and maintain attention, this was used to deliver a message about the importance of supporting one another in the music industry stating, “We are all climbing our own mountain”. The crowds once again joined in singing a near perfect version of Reach and finishing of the set with Aisles of White.

With the band walking off the stage the crowd held their ground, we knew after such a long wait we would be treated to an encore performance and we weren’t disappointed. Finishing off the night was Worlds on Fireand Room Without a View. An epic night and we were more than satisfied and refuelled till next time.

The Butterfly Effect played with no hiccups and without any sign of such a long break between shows. Absolutely enjoyed by everyone there and was great seeing so many die-hard fans coming out to support live music. Whether this was your 1st time seeing them or your 10th this is a performance that never gets old, absolute professionals and a great night out.

With the promise of more shows in the future I look forward to hearing more new material from these guys. Great venue, great music and a brilliant crowd.

Line-up: The Butterfly Effect, Hammers, These Four Walls

Reviewer: Cherie Smith
Photocredits: Just Ignore The Camera