Live: FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES // 170 Russell, Melbourne
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are the types of performers that you need to see live like your life depended on it.
Not only is their music savage but their dynamic performance is captivating, gets you reflective, ever so briefly sad but then pumped up about life’s prospects and possibilities in a swift moment. I saw them play at London’s KOKO last year so I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to miss this presentation. Curiosity also had the better of me, I wondered how the much smaller venue would translate.
Starting off strong and rambunctious, Frank Carter arrived on stage with one mission; to blow this Melbourne audience away. Arms and legs flying everywhere, even the audience were here to cause chaos, appropriately as Trouble played. It was a Friday night and the weekend had just begun, what a way to start.
Wild Flowers was the token moment in the set where Frank gave a shout out to all the women in the audience. And an encouragement to be free as it were. “You’ve always been too intimidated. This is your moment to crowd surf in a safe respectable environment where every male member of this audience will treat you with the respect, the kindness and the love that you deserve. Because if they don’t I’m going to cut their f’cking head off. Guys are you with me? Ladies are you with me? Look after these ladies.”
“This song is for all the new parents. We’ve got some new parents in the audience? I feel your pain. I feel your suffering. It doesn’t get any easier. Just to shit on your parade. But really it’s a beautiful thing. This is about never sleeping again.” And like that the guitars kicked off into Lullaby.
Acid Veins gave Carter’s voice an enormous amount of tone and angst. It was defiantly a song that everyone yelled along to, especially after he explained: “This next song is about falling in love (…..) I’m going to level you boys, I’m going to level you angry men. This ain’t really a circle pit song. This is more like a make out sesh pit song. So let’s leave the testosterone in our balls for a little while and just grind on someone. Get a little chub on instead of beating the shit out of each other. For f*cks sake. Life is good. Life is good. Put your fists down unless you’re wrapping it around something.”
“So you know what that means? That means this one is the circle pit song.” As Jackal exploded it turned into a surge of energy through the amps onto the crowd. And they loved every second of it. Security defiantly had their work cut out for them.
The night was also a celebration, the crowd sang happy birthday to Liam from the Cancer Bats, one of the supports for the night. Making the love in the room even stronger. But like that, our time was almost coming to an end.
Ending in true style with Snake Eyes, Devil Inside Me and I Hate You. “A chance for me to tell you how I really feel about you’’ as Carter said. You could tell it was a celebration for not only the band but for the crew, their friends and their family. Everyone got involved and it was quite the sight to see. Without a doubt, the moment they arrive in town, which is hopefully sooner rather than later, I’ll be there.
Photos: Liz Stephens