When thecome to play in Melbourne, the city prepares for a night of pure Australian heavy-hitting rock that only the Mark Of Cain can deliver. And at the Hifi Bar tonight, Mark Of Cain delivered in spades.
An already rowdy crowd brimming with anticipation greeted the three members of Mark Of Cain with a generous reception as they took to the stage.
Singer/Guitarist John Scott took the mic revving up the audience… “We’ll be playing old and new stuff” and whilst giving a shout-out to Melbourne band Glen & The Peanut Buttermen, with the song ‘First Time’ from their debut album Ill At Ease. This served as the opener to what was a blistering set. The band has been off the road for some time, but they still pummelled the crowd to a pulp with some heavy tunes. The crowd reciprocated and showed their appreciation with the crowd-surfing and moshing that was to follow, much to security’s dismay.
The Mark Of Cain bring a relentless raw energy to the Hifi with their 1993 classic ‘Tell Me’. Staccato beats accompanied by a throbbing groove and crunching guitar electrifies the crowd with energy and force.
Whilst regular drummer John Stainer is on tour with Tomahawk, one of his side projects, The Mark Of Cain is joined by drummer Eli Green from South Australian band Life Pilot. Whilst John’s shoes are indeed big to fill, Eli does a more than capable job forming a nice cohesive feel with the Scott brothers.
With Melbourne in the grip of a heatwave, seeing the Mark Of Cain at the Hifi tonight just reinforced to this punter how magnificent a night of unadulterated Australian heavy music can be.
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All photos by Olivia Reppas