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I Am Giant - Gig Review: I Am Giant @ King Arms Tavern, Auckland - 09/03/2017

10 Mar 2017 // A review by Alex Moulton

With the sale of the Kings Arms, many acts have started carrying out what could potentially be considered their contribution to the venue’s swansong. Having performed at the Jim Beam Homegrown last weekend, I Am Giant lined up a follow up show at Auckland’s King Arms Tavern, for what may be their last chance to grace the stage that has been a staple of the Kiwi music scene for over the years.

Armed in Advance were first up on stage, opening the night. Despite rather awkward positioning on the stage, they put on a solid performance. Instrumentally, the music was sound, and they performed a well done Deftones cover (though the vocals didn’t quite fit as well). The crowd did take a while to warm up to them, and were hesitant to approach the stage, but gave a generous applause as they completed their set.

The final support act before the headliners took the stage was Silence the City. A self-proclaimed high energy rock group; and it really isn’t hard to see why. As they powered straight into their set, the crowd instantly became more receptive and started moving closer to the stage. Justin Pitt’s unique voice makes it very easy to identify their music, which is consistently fast-paced and in-your-face. While they have a tendency to use similar vocal choices in their songs, their tracks had plenty of musical variety, and garnered much praise from the audience.

With the support acts done and dusted, I Am Giant hit the stage. Shelton Woolright entered the stage with a dramatic barrel roll much to the glee of the crowd that had started to gather at the front row. Performing a similar set to that of Homegrown, vocalist Aja Timu ripped into Russian Doll with seemingly boundless energy. Kudos to the crew, the sound was lush and clear right from the start. They played a well-mixed set list, with an equal number of songs from debut album, The Horrifying Truth, and follow-up, Science and Survival. They also performed their latest single, Dead Flower, which the crowds were already happily singing along with, and a brand new track, Playing with Fire which has a rather catchy hook, that gets better every time I hear it, and got the crowd moving.

Early into the set, Aja took on dual duties mid-song, donning the guitar while singing, and working together with Andrew to create a thicker, richer sound that could be heard in all corners of the venue. Every song that they played from the debut album brought the crowd closer, and made them rowdier, as Aja visibly sweated through his shirt and sprayed perspiration into the air every time he whipped his drenched hair about. Despite the audiences’ obvious preference for tracks from The Horrifying Truth, the most excitement and energy came from their encore performance of Purple Heart. The last track of the night, and the crowd went absolutely wild. A solid performance from the band, back to the quality and passion I have come to expect from them, and I can’t wait to hear some more new tracks with the latest vocalist.

 

About I Am Giant

With an impressive 70,000+ loyal fans on Facebook and over 1,000 international members of their ‘IAG Army’, I Am Giant have amassed a huge worldwide following with four #1 rock singles and a certified gold album in New Zealand, music videos featuring skate and surfing icons Tony Hawk and Kelly Slater, opening for Slash in Australia, a UK tour with Taking Back Sunday, performances at Big Day Out in Auckland and Sydney, opening for Stone Temple Pilots in Singapore, touring throughout Asia several times, and playing the prestigious Viper Room and Mercury Lounge in the US.

Their debut album The Horrifying Truth, was recorded with acclaimed producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, The Butterfly Effect). I Am Giant bound together what they describe as “a collection of stories, thoughts, observations and exploration” into a cohesive and hard-hitting explosion of sound and melody. From the first song Purple Heart to closer After The War, the sharp lyrical themes draw the listener into the band’s growing awareness of mortality and loss of innocence. The Horrifying Truth is pure, unadulterated rock, with its heart on its sleeve and an unquenchable fire in its soul.

October 2012 saw I Am Giant release The Horrifying Truth in the UK and Europe, where their single Purple Heart won support on BBC Radio One as Zane Lowe's ‘Next Hype’ , XFM, Kerrang! Radio and Q Radio as well as hitting the No 1 spot on Polish Radio Eska Rock.

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Releases

Life In Captivity
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Science & Survival
Year: 2014
Type: Album
The Horrifying Truth
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
City Limits/Neon Sunrise
Year: 2010
Type: EP

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