Soundwave 14 à la Ash

I don’t know if I’m doing this because I’m bored or if it’s some kind of post-Soundwave depression. Anyway, here’s my day and why I probably think I’m better than you.

Amon Amarth: The had a boat and ahhhhh… did I mention the boat already? (Read: I lost interest before the end of their first song.)

The Porkers: So much fun and I wasn’t even drunk yet!

Mushroomhead: Saw them to please 15 year old Ash. Even 15 year old Ash would think they were hilariously horrendous. 

Five Finger Death Punch: Also known as “That time I drank and ate in the shade while waiting for Graveyard”. Yeah, so FFDP blow. 

Graveyard: First full set I saw for the day. These guys are so good that it should be illegal, I still can’t stop listening to them right now. Anyone who missed these guys is a chump.

Testament: These guys were solid (I’m trying not to just say everything was fun). It’s probably an injustice these guys aren’t given as much credit as they deserve.

Coliseum: Saw these guys 6 years ago with TDEP. They either changed a lot or I’ve changed a lot in the last 6 years. Either way, they were good but not as great as I’d built them up to be in my head.

Ill Nino: This was a result of wanting a good spot for Gwar. There’s not enough alcohol in the world to make me enjoy these guys.

Gwar: Second full set for the day. GWAR, HOLY FUCK! I know I already sad The Porkers were fun but there’s the kind of fun where you involuntarily dance and then there’s the kind of fun you have at Gwar. Everyone should see Gwar at least once before they die.

Satyricon: I was psyched for these guys and I walked off after 1-2 songs because I was bored (and wanted a drink). I ended up back at their stage towards the end of their set, I still cared not for their beans.

Dir En Grey: I wish I made more of an effort to see these guys. I only caught their last song but they seems pretty good. I’ll happily see them again if they do a future Soundwave or if they support someone I like.

Clutch: (Third full set) Stop reading now, go listen to Clutch and then come back. Clutch are amazing and if you don’t agree, I probably think you’re an idiot. I really need to get to a Clutch headline show one day.

Crosses: (Forth full set) I wore 2 holes in the grass from (poorly) dancing too much… yeah, so I enjoyed them quite a bit. They are actually super solid and you should all check them out.

Alice in Chains: Only caught the end due to the clashing with Crosses but I got to sing along to Rooster so it all worked out. Wish I got to see them more and I really hope they tour again soon.

Down: Phil is one of my favourite vocalists ever, he just has this thing about him that I don’t know what it is. It also doesn’t hurt that the rest of the band rule either. If I didn’t see them Thursday night, I’d be spewing that I had to leave them early to see Uncle Acid.

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats: (Fifth full set) I can’t believe how good these guys are live, they are very quickly becoming one of my favourite bands. Unfortunately (in typical Adelaide fashion) there were fuck all people there and I won’t be surprised that when they come back to Australia, they don’t play Adelaide.

Eagles of Death Metal: Caught their last 3 songs after Uncle Acid. I really like these guys a lot and I proceeded to dance more holes in the grass. I think I had my dancing shoes on or I was just pretty drunk at this point.

Rob Zombie: Caught the end of the set again. It was pretty much the same as 3 years ago. By that I mean I’m surprised at how much fun I had when I would have been happy to not see him at all prior to the day.

Green Day: I was subjected to hearing them on my way from Rob Zombie to TDEP. I don’t get why they’re so big, they fucking suck.

The Dillinger Escape Plan: (Sixth full set) Anyone who knows me well enough knows how big a chubby I have for TDEP and if you don’t know me that well, you’ll probably note I’m always wearing a TDEP hoodie (that’s not a love thing though, that’s because it’s like the perfect thickness for autumn and the dry bits of winter). I’ve seen these guys 7 times and they haven’t disappointed me yet.

Mastodon: (Seventh full set) Speaking of bands I’ve seen a retardedly large number of times, this was number 8 for Mastodon. I think I love these guys more than I could ever love another person. So in saying that, I could go on to describe how they were while using hot descriptors like AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, BRUTAL, HEAVY AS FUCK, etc but it’s really just the opinions of a super biased fanboy.
Neil Fallon from Clutch did come out to do Blood and Thunder with them though which was rad and I got to scream in people’s faces without getting hit which was also rad.

There we go, I’m actually impressed I managed to see 7 full sets this year.
It’s Tuesday and my neck is still fucked, I think I sat down for a whole 20 minutes all day so that explains the legs being sore. So many mystery bruises today, I expect to see a lot more pop up before the end of the week.
Shit, I think I’m getting old.

Ashapalooza 2014 or: The Week Ash Spends Seeing Soundwave Sideshows

Rather than longwinded write ups like I’ve done previously (or in the case of last year when I abandoned it part way through before posting it), this year I’m going to list the gigs and then list the bands I saw in order from most fun to least and try keep it to 1 sentence per band.

Feb 24 @ HiFi Bar - Eagles of Death Metal w/ Rocket From the Crypt & Mutemath
Feb 25 @ Palace Theatre - Mastodon w/ Gojira & Baroness
Feb 26 @ Cherry Bar - Graveyard w/ The Pretty Littles
Feb 27 @ Palace Theatre - Down & Walking Papers supporting Alice in Chains (had to leave before Alice in Chains)
Feb 27 @ Ding Dong Lounge - Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats 

  1. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - I knew I’d enjoy this show (it’s the reason I ditched Alice in Chains) but I didn’t think I’d ever say I enjoyed it more than seeing on of my all-time favourite bands. Absolutely incredible and everyone who gets the chance to see them should take it immediately.
  2. Mastodon - I think I’ll be dead before I don’t have an insanely good time at a Mastodon show.
  3. Graveyard - This show was SO GOOD, Cherry Bar was packed for it. In all honesty, they should probably be tied 2nd with Mastodon.
  4. Eagles of Death Metal - So much fun, I had a massive headache at this point and still had a rad time.
  5. Down - The set wasn’t long enough but the shortness allowed me to go see Uncle Acid. I couldn’t miss a Down show though.
  6. Rocket From the Crypt - I expected nothing from these guys and they were brilliant.
  7. Gojira - Such a good band, hurry up and do your own tour here!
  8. Baroness - Mainly played new songs which I don’t really like, they do sound a lot better live though.
  9. Mutemath - The drummer was really fun to watch play.
  10. Walking Papers - Duff McKagan’s band, they were alright.
  11. The Pretty Littles - They didn’t suck, not my thing though.

I’m going to do a Soundwave write up tomorrow and then I might even post some photos that haven’t been molested by Instagram for a change.

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