GALLERY: Band welcomed home after Aussie tour
REVIEW: Brooke Bijl and Marc Stapelberg
In Hearts Wake, The Brave, Columbus - The Northern, Byron Bay, 17/12/2016.
In Hearts Wake completed the final show of their Australian tour and the Duality album cycle at The Northern in Byron Bay to a capacity crowd.
The energy in the room was palpable, with the emotion, smiles and exuberant energy just cascading off the band as a plethora of lights roared to life.
Opening with 'Refuge' from the Equinox Ep, the band belted out crowd favourite after crowd favourite including 'Afterglow', 'Badlands', 'Divine' and 'Breakaway'.
Other stand-out songs were 'Healer', 'Sacred', 'Wildflower' and 'Skydancer', as well as 'Departure'.
The band was full of energy, with Kyle, Ben and Eaven moving constantly round the stage while vocalist Jake held a commanding presence out front.
There was a pleasant relaxed vibe in the room which was full of friends and family as well as many punters who had made their way down from Brisbane.
Stage antics as a result were a plenty, including Ben Nairne sculling from a shoe, and a giant inflatable crocodile being brought out for vocalist Jake Taylor to crowd surf while singing.
Special mention was made of Ben Nairne's grandmother who had also made the effort to see the show.
There was some banter about American politics, and the obligatory thanks to fans for their continued support.
The band made a special effort to connect with the crowd after the show.
In Hearts Wake have confidently and strategically defined their sound, sharpened their performance, and carved out a place on the world music stage and at home in Australia.
After extensive touring on Vans Warped tour, the support slot with Slipknot and Lamb of God, and a smashing dual headline tour with Northlane, In Hearts Wake have proven that their stage presence is second to none.
Not be forgotten were support acts 'The Brave' and 'Columbus' who also set the bar high for the evening.
Opening up was 'The Brave' with minimal lighting and a subdued crowd.
But that didn't last long.
Their performance was epic, precise and energising.
Everyone's attention immediately snapped to the stage when they belted out the first notes.
Having supported Parkway Drive earlier in the year, the band have already fine tuned their show further learning from the experience and providing a vivid, energetic and dynamic set full of professionalism and passion.
They are certainly a band to watch for the future, but already one can tell they will be a stand-out performance at next year's Unify.
Columbus came on next and were a complete change with their emotive punk and clean singing.
The three piece were clearly enjoying themselves with frontman Alex Moses hitting each note perfectly, while the rest of the band looked and sounded at ease.
Their punky upbeat melodies and tunes were welcomed by the crowd despite the very noticeable difference in heaviness.
The Brisbane based band also have a dash of pop sensibilities to their sound and while their stage presence is serious and emotional, the music lends itself to a light-hearted feel for those in the audience who want to dance away their worries.
Overall each band provided exceptional displays of musical showmanship and a great value performance.
The changeovers were quick and the sound exceptional.
Despite the vast array of live music shows in the area this year, it is almost certain this one will find a place as one of the best.