sleepmakeswaves, Closure In Moscow, Seims @ Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide 8/10/2022

Saturday night saw Lion Arts Factory host the final leg of the sleepmakeswaves These Are Not Your Dreams tour. Supported by Closure In Moscow and SEIMS this line up was a night to appreciate good music and some extremely talented musicians.

With an early start time, crowd numbers were relatively low and if you didn’t make it you missed the absolute chaos that math-rock outfit SEIMS delivered. My mind was blown. Watching band members completely lose themselves in their instruments is such an honour to be a part of. Songs you need to checkout are Showdown Without a Victim and The Mountain Scream but the highlight for me was the heaviest version of Blur’s Song 2 I have ever heard. It was their first time playing Adelaide and fingers crossed it won’t be their last.

Bringing some funk into our evening were Melbourne’s prog rockers Closure In Moscow. Sporting the grooviest jumpsuit vocalist Christopher de Cinque kept us entertained, at one stage dropping a Drake Hotline Bling interlude into a song with some funky vocal effects. Giving us a taste of some new tracks off their upcoming album we were give an impromptu lesson on back up vocals to assist with one of them. Asking the crowd if we had it a punter yelled Easy to which Chris replied ‘Piece of p, you c* better bring it!’ Encouraging the crowd to get loose for the last song, Closure finished their set with a bang.

sleepmakeswaves are one of the most talented and tightest group of musicians in Australia. Although these guys were in Adelaide recently touring with Karnivool and Cog , sleepmakeswaves were excited to be playing a headline show after three years.

The band released These Are Not Your Dreams two years ago so this tour has been a long time coming.
Appreciating the tour, guitarist Otto Wicks-Green said “Being the last show it’s so great to be playing what gives us purpose and meaning but it’s bitter-sweet cos we are also old! Were going to play our hearts out for you tonight” and that was an understatement.

Playing a mix of old and new songs, Otto also provided vocals on one track, telling the crowd they had been experimenting whilst on this tour.

The high regard that sleepmakeswaves is held in by fans was easily seen on faces that looked on spellbound as we were taken to instrumental heaven.

With a chuckle bassist Alex Wilson let the crowd know ‘There’s no interlude while retuning and swapping guitars like we used to. We got lazy! Feel free to heckle us while we do this’. An incredible night of music ended to soon, but you can guarantee what we witnessed will be etched in the punters memories for quite some time.

Live Review By Suze Blacketer

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