Locals Pastel Blaze and Undead Apes are both a lot of fun tonight, and Teargas is typically ferocious. But it’s an ear-searing wall of noise from Melbourne called Useless Children that surpasses all else.
It’s an anarchic 30 minutes of squelching, distorted guitars and hammered drums that doesn’t so much as warp around drummer Cinta Master’s Wicked Witch of the West vocal wailing as repeatedly ram into it at a breakneck speed. The incessant smash ‘em up derby of riffs, crash cymbals and Master’s disturbingly animalistic screams makes for a brutal and disorienting experience. Brutal and disorienting enough that I feel compelled to immediately drop some money on their Sky Is Falling LP.