Reviewed in call and response: Chain and The Gang + I Heart Hiroshima @ The Foundry, Brisbane, 14.03.2017
Nice. So I Heart Hiroshima, do you remember them?
I said, do you remember them?
YEAH, WE REMEMBER THEM!
Tell me all you know.
THREE PIECE, DRUMS AND TWO GUITARS, OVERLAPPING VOCALS, JUST ABOUT DEFINED A TIME IN BRISBANE. GOT KNOWN WHILE KEEPING IT REAL AT HOME. THAT WAS A LITTLE WHILE BACK THOUGH!
Now they’re back.
YEAH THEY’RE BACK!
Have they changed?
MUCH THE SAME! THAT TRIANGULAR DRUMBEAT, STRAINED SINGING, TWIN GUITARS! TAKES US BACK! BUT THERE’S MORE!
You say there’s more?
YEAH THERE’S MORE!
Tell me more!
TO BE SURE! TOUGHER, THICKER, MORE MUSCULAR, OR…
IT COULD JUST BE SEEING THEM IN A SWISH VENUE.
Sure. New stuff?
Lemme hear it.
‘I WAS BORN TOO LATE’! ‘BE SMART BE COOL BE STRONG’!
Still with the chants?
THE CHANTS! THE CHANTS!
Well alright. Now Chain and the Gang, they’re all about that call and response. Are you ready?
I said are you READY?!
OH YEAH A BIT!
“What’s wrong with you people?”* (*Actual quote)
IT’S A TUESDAY!
Well alright. You like wild dance moves?
You like ultra basic grooves?
You like singers that talk smooth?
Well lemme ask you, what went down?
I see. But I need a little, just gimme a little, can I get a little somethin?
Well alright. But lemme ask you this: was there wild gesticulation?
On the state of the nation?
And audience invasion?
And guitar detonation?
With minimal elaboration?
And rhythmic palpitation?
And audience excitation?
ONLY IN MODERATION!
NO WILD CELEBRATION!
MORE LIKE ENERVATION!
SOME WEEKNIGHT RELAXATION!
Uh-huh. But you got satiation?