What an awesome way to kick off my 2019 with my first gig of the year being the legends from Karnivool. With what was meant to just be some pre-Unify warm shows turned in to something much bigger with extra shows added and no doubt if they added a second in Adelaide I’m confident that would have sold out as well. What is really clear is that fans can’t get enough of Karnivool which presents the perfect dilemma for front man Ian Kenny who splits his time between Karnivool and Birds Of Tokyo.

It was a full house at Adelaide’s best live venue The Gov and given that it had been a while since their last outing here fans were up for a big one. The word was out that their set would feature all the hits and boy they didn’t disappoint. It was an epic opening with monster single Goliath before moving in to Shutterspeed and the uber popular Simple Boy. Ian Kenny acknowledged the crowd saying that it was truly great to see everyone and also acknowledging the support act Yomi Ship who were fantastic and definitely a band to keep an eye out on. It is really hard to put a label on this band but the official position is “Experimental instrumental art rock filled with unorthodox structures and rhythms, anchoring bass and reverb drenched guitar.”

With so many great songs in the Karnivool armoury they still managed to squeeze in a new song, All It Takes. The crowd were full of energy, they jumped, danced and sung their hearts out. It was awesome watching the response to songs such as All I Know with Kenny acknowledging that the crowd sounded great. Favourites for me were the likes of Set Fire To The Hive and Deadman. You could just sense the band taking it up a notch feeding off the energy of the crowd.

There was plenty more to come with C.O.T.E, We Are and Mauseum back to back. The music did plenty of the talking and if that wasn’t enough there was even more. Just when you thought they couldn’t go any higher they pull out Roquefort and Themata to close out the main set.

It would have been hard not to be pumped after hearing the crowd chant “ten more songs” returning to play Fade and the inspirational New Day. This gig was awesome and had everything setting the bar incredibly high for the first show of 2019.

Live Review by Rob Lyon