17 Jan 2019

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Clap Clap Riot - Gig Review: Clap Clap Riot @ REC, Auckland, 05/05/2017

14 May 2017 // A review by butch181
It has been many years since I have heard from Clap Clap Riot. Probably a consequence of listening solely to The Rock FM when it comes to the radio, but with a new release, it seemed like I was overdue checking them out. Their performance would be a late one, starting at 11:00pm after the two opening bands, Being. and Balu Brigada. Both unique bands in their own right, their sounds were drastically different, with Being. providing a more delicate and mellow, yet somehow upbeat tunes (the bassist's performance certainly livened up the sombre tones on stage). Balu Brigada on the other hand were much riskier in their musical style; with heavy use of the keys to combine alternative indie with hip-hop, coming across as having some serious Jamiroquai influences, as well as psychedelic rock band Tame Impala.

By the time the support acts had finished, the crowd was beginning to pack the venue out, and some patrons were getting rather noisy and inebriated, in what was a largely female dominated audience. As the five piece came out on stage, you could be forgiven for thinking a young Neil Finn was among them as guitarist and vocalist Stephen Heard takes his spot in the centre of the stage. The REC venue is fitted with a rather small stage, and this did provide little space for movement for the five members as the started performing Don't Want Your Baby but the restrictive space didn't stop guitarist Dave Rowlands, as he stepped up to the edge of the stage to provide a spectacle as he confidently dominated his instrument despite often having his vision obscured by his own hair.

Clap Clap Riot are probably some of the happiest rockers that I have seen in my time. Two guitars and a bass creating such upbeat music that so perfectly suits Heard's higher vocal range, and drives the crowd wild. Almost Ballad-like in style, they certainly fit further towards the Pop side of Pop-Rock, but it works well, and they have a great sound. 

The crowd were very attentive to the band, and would frequently out-sing Heard as they performed such tracks as I'm SorryEveryone's Asleep, and Sweet Patricia. Clap Clap Riot performed their songs without the need for any fills, managing to fit in 17 tracks into their set. Stand out performance of the night went to a cover song that they performed during their encore performance. Dedicated to a close friend of the band who recently passed away, they performed a strikingly proficient cover of The Cars Just What I Needed, which garnered much praise from the audience, followed by Thief, upon which they allowed members of the crowd to join them on the already jam-packed stage.

About Clap Clap Riot

Clap Clap Riot will soon be known as the hottest NZ indie-rock band of 2009….five extremely catchy tracks packed with dueling guitar riffs, heavy hitting drums and powerful vocals giving the songs a lot of substance…" Groove Guide

"Overall verdict? Standing ovation from me..." The Press

"Five bristling songs, 14 minutes . . . doesn't get much tighter than that…" Graham Reid of Elsewhere.co.nz

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Clap Clap Riot


Year: 2013
Type: Album
Counting Spins
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Yoko Ono
Year: 2011
Type: EP
TV Knows Better
Year: 2009
Type: EP

Other Reviews By butch181

Paper Cranes - Album Review: Voices
19 Dec 2018 // by butch181
Due for release January 18, 2019, Voices is the second full-length album from Indie Folk duo Paper Cranes. While comprised of ten tracks, the album has a short overall runtime of just over 35 minutes.
This Pale Fire - Single Review: Float Out
17 Dec 2018 // by butch181
Float Out is about the process of letting things go, moving forward, learning from your past experiences, growing as a result. As such, the track has an intrinsically emotional weight to it.
EP Review: Miller Yule Live
17 Dec 2018 // by butch181
Miller Yule Live is a good length EP, consisting of seven tracks with a total runtime of over 30 minutes. Performing a setlist that is mostly sourced from his 2016 EP Shoot Me In The Heart (reviewed here), Miller Yule has also added in his single Diamonds (released in November 2017 and reviewed here), a stripped down adaptation of Six60's Don't Give It Up, and a new track to spice it up further.
Mako Road - EP Review: Local Safari
10 Dec 2018 // by butch181
Local Safari is the latest release from Christchurch Indie group Mako Road The four-piece provide a very laid-back and relaxed (albeit short) EP as we enter the prime summer road tripping season.The EP begins with its titular track Local Safari, with some pleasant keys and a generally unhurried pace, controlled by a simple hi hat and snare drum combo.
Kerretta - Single Review: Chroma Queens
10 Dec 2018 // by butch181
Chroma Queens is the first single from upcoming LP release Exiscens (due for release on December 14), which is the first release from Auckland experimental rock act Kerretta for over four years. The band are comprised of bass player William Waters; drummer H.
Gig Review: Ghost Who Walks @ Anthology Lounge, Auckland - 30/11/2018
06 Dec 2018 // by butch181
Cheers and squeals are let out around Auckland’s Anthology Lounge as The Rubics take to the stage. The six-piece group have been working on making a name for themselves as the groove-makers of the Auckland scene, and from the sound of the audience, they know exactly what they are in for.
Gig Review: 2Cellos @The Civic, Auckland - 3/12/2018
04 Dec 2018 // by butch181
People were abuzz as they filed into The Civic to get to their seats. Many eyes were enjoying the venue itself as one of Auckland’s last remaining atmospheric theatres, with its soft-top design that floats above the auditorium, with stars and clouds that recreate the Southern Hemisphere sky-scape.
Lisa Crawley - Single/Video Review: Baby It's Fine
30 Nov 2018 // by butch181
Lisa Crawley’s latest single Baby It’s Fine is a delightfully unhurried and soulful pop track. Starting with a slow strum of the guitar and an almost acoustic vibe to the bass, there is a slow melancholic edge to the song.
View All Articles By butch181

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Post Malone And Swae Lee
    Ava Max
    Ariana Grande
    George Ezra
  • WOW.
    Post Malone
    Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper
    Travis Scott feat. Drake
    benny blanco feat. Halsey And Khalid
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem