FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
Words and Photo's by Charlette Hannah
It was a night of hard rock at The Adelaide on Friday night, and for me, the standout performance came from White Night. From the first upbeat ska-like rock song, with the singer Mat Lear throwing himself round the stage, their energy was infectious, and the music followed suit.
White Night's tight beats were overlaid Mat's smooth, powerful vocals. Mat has a great voice, one of the best male vocals I've heard for a while. Each band member really moved with the song. Mark Traveller's sometime pounding, sometimes tricky drum beats were perfectly complemented by Steve Hitchcock on the bass. With guitar coming from Mat and Dave Ralph, White Night have a wicked live sound.
The dynamics were loud without being obnoxiously overdriven, and pulled back without losing the flow. The songs were catchy, and reminded me somewhat of Sublime, but rockier. I'm already addicted to their songs 620 and Rainman (on their myspace).