After FTSK the headlining band Cobra Starship had a very hard act to follow. However as the lights dimmed and the deafening roar of the crowd enveloped the room the familiar sound of The City Is At War was greeted by the audience by a sudden rush of bodies as people endeavoured to get even closer to the stage. When listening to Cobra Starship’s older songs (which played at the beginning of the set), it occurred to me that the band had attempted to give their live music an extra edge by andding another element. As well as permanent members, Cobra Starship brought a touring percussion player with them who played bongos, maracas and tambourines amongst many other instruments, which gave the live set a unique quality rather than just mimicking the sounds produced by a CD. Although the band did not emanate the same energy as FTSK, they did seem genuinely happy to be performing even if it was to a much smaller crowd than anticipated. Vocalist Gabe Saporta performed to his audience in fine form, especially when the band played My Moves Are White and he busted out some very risky dance moves. The band progressed from playing songs primarily from ¡Viva la Cobra!, to songs from their newer albums that everyone knew and danced to. The highlight of the set was the band’s hit Guilty Pleasure which persuaded the audience to muster the last of their energy and give the band a send off they deserved.
There can be no doubt that each of the bands featured on this amazing night disserve applause for putting on a performance fit for a big crowd when all they got was a small one. Some might say that this concert was special because of the intimate quality the concert had due to the lack of numbers. I however found it utterly disappointing that due to the disorganisation of the event, each of these bands missed out on the support of their fans and an opportunity to see just how much their music is appreciated by us Sydney-siders.
Source: Faster Louder