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LIVE: Polaris – Perth, 12 April, 2018

| 16 April 2018 | Reply

LIVE: Polaris – Perth, 12 April, 2018
With special guests The Plot In You, Tapestry and Finders
Amplifier Bar, Perth, Western Australia
By Melanie Scrafton

Polaris started their headline tour of Australia in Perth, and it’s a 7of 7 date SELL OUT. Supported on this occasion by Perth’s Finders, and traveling companions Tapestry, from Darwin, and The Plot In You from The US.

This may be my best review ever or my worst – I’m changing up how I write and I will leave it to the discretion of my editor as to what gets published. Now for those who do not know – good media publications have Editors, they have a role to proof read what gets published, correct grammar or spelling mistakes and check credibility of the story if required. So here goes.

The Venue: Amplifier – has had some negative feedback of late from a few punters on social media, so I went in last night with my critiques head on.
Admission was adequately and efficiently handled, the bar was again adequately and efficiently staffed. The venue was at capacity and security did a great job from what I saw, with the headline bands commanding an impressive mosh, there was only a couple of injuries. The bathrooms were clean and functional although I didn’t check the boy’s loo. Change over happened quickly and without issue. Sound was GOOD, Lighting was GOOD. The venue is an important part of the live band experience and therefore needs a place on my radar – I’m on to it, and from now on I’ll be letting everyone know my thoughts on local venues.

Firm but Fair is how I have been branded over the last few years by some of the Perth Music Industry in my capacity as Band Manager, Promoter, Event Manager and Artist Liaison, I embrace that title and strive to retain it.

Admittedly I didn’t get to Amps until Perth’s Finders had finished their set and Tapestry were mid set. The venue was full and pumping. The Plot In You could easily co-headline this tour. Quality heavy material performed well by great musicians, with front man Landon engaging the audience all through, like a local. They had a generous fan base of their own in Perth, and a equal ratio of male/female punters making up the crowd.

The Polaris set was the quickest hour ever, playing virtually all the tracks from The Mortal Coil and only a couple from The Guilt & the Grief. It was the first time ever that they played Dust to Day live, and it was on point. The 6th virtual member of the band is the continuous backing track, but it only seemed obvious when there was an abrupt end to In Somnes Vertitas. Vocalist Jamie is switched on, the whole band are focused and their genuine energy is a joy to part of. Jamie makes the show feel like the band is performing to a bunch of their best mates.

I’m impressed by their work ethic – it would seem that there is nothing more important to them then their present. Jake is crazy good on guitar whist owning those additional vocals. They are humble, expressing how surprised and grateful they are for the opportunities they are experiencing and how their music has been received. It is no wonder that their popularity is evolving here and overseas. Jamie had time to pay respect to the supporting bands properly. In a genre that has so many bands attempting to stand out from the crowd Polaris are doing it and doing it well. Thank you and come again 

Set List
The Slow Decay
Dusk To Day
Hold You Under
In Somnes Vertitas
The Remedy

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