Amity shares Affliction with Byron
BYRON Bay is well known for one of the best music scenes in Australia.
The most recent visitor was The Amity Affliction, a Brisbane-based band which formed in 2002.
With their latest album reaching number six on the Aria charts, the band’s performance at Byron Bay High School last week was highly anticipated.
The gig contained most of the normal aspects of a typical hardcore show - reasonable crowd, good music and the odd technical difficulty which provides the atmosphere that fans go to see.
Although the facilities at Byron High are very good, the band did not use the stage and instead used the floor space in the corner of the gym, a bit unusual for such a large band not to have the same privileges as other major bands, such as Parkway Drive, who will play the same venue in a few weeks time.
Local support band Word Up certainly got the crowd going before Amity came on about 9.30pm. Their set was as expected and they lived up to their reputation as being one of the best live acts in the genre.
All this aside, there are some things which in anyone’s opinion can ruin a show.
The encore song for Amity’s set Anchors was a crowd favourite but it was ruined in the final minute by a group of what can only be described as 'lads' who decided that the best way to end the show was in a fight.
Besides the mild hiccup, Amity Affliction is definitely a band to see as many times as they come back, which may be as early as late November.