As published in The Wire, The West Australian 3/12/2009. From stylistic movement to spasmodic antics and flying sweat and saliva, entertainment was almost as prevalent as music between the three alternative rock acts at Amplifier Bar on Saturday night.
On their first headlining tour since the September release of their second album Oozevoodoo, The Scare brought with them the booming voice of Sydney songwriter Jack Ladder.
His stilt-like legs befit the moniker, made necessary by the fact he shares his real name with You Am I frontman Tim Rogers.
Immediately recognisable, Ladder’s sheer size inspires curiosity and his voice proved as intimidating as his height, booming across the audience in a way you imagine might appear to blow back hair and facial features in cartoon form.
Guitarist Kirin J Callahan, formerly of the Mercy Arms, appears to canter on the spot, glued to the ground by the balls of his feet while intermittently pausing to loop electronic beats in the absence of their full band.
Spanning the beautiful to the brooding, Ladder’s performance was absorbing and his brilliantly affecting tracks, such as Forgotten, were performed with perfection.
Earlier, local band Young Revelry, led by Harlequin League guitarist Seb Astone, were spot on in their execution of sparsely versed and distorted grunge-inspired songs.
Renowned for manic live shows in line with their attitude-fuelled image, The Scare made no exception with their performance at Amplifier Bar.
They wasted no time picking up where Jack Ladder left off in an animated melt-down, opening the set with Bats! Bats! Bats! from their 2007 album Chivalry.
Having ripped off their shirts and jackets, No Money saw Reid languidly bending and waving his bent wrists while intermittently howling, lowering his voice and tauntingly simulating laughter.
The singer spends much of his time flying through the crowd while his audience either makes way or embraces him.
She Can’t Say No and I Saw Destruction were among the highlights. The Scare were also joined by on stage by Jack Ladder before Callahan performed a solo while Reid and guitarist Liam O’Brien watched from the crowd.
Could Be Bad and Cry saw Reid squirming, mic in hand, face up on the floor among the audience, which included Murray Cook, the red Wiggle.
The Scare show no shortage of bravado but they back it up with a good sound and songs that scream for their listeners to let loose.