18 Oct 2019
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking
  • Articles »
  • Reviews »
  • Ekko Park - Gig Review: Simple Plan with Ekko Park @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 19/04/2018

Ekko Park - Gig Review: Simple Plan with Ekko Park @ The Powerstation, Auckland - 19/04/2018

20 Apr 2018 // A review by butch181

An hour to go before doors open and there is already a group of fans lining up outside of the Powerstation. An impressive feat but considering that it has been 13 years since Simple Plan last performed in the country, one would expect the big fans to be ready to get their spots at the front of the stage.

But before they hit the stage, their support act must warm up the crowd. Auckland’s own Ekko Park head out and charge straight into what is debatably their most well-known single, My Crime. Nick Douch is a powerhouse on the drums and manages to steal the spotlight at many stages throughout the performance causing members of the crowd to shuffle about, trying to capture a glimpse of Douch behind the kit and crates. It’s not often you get to see Ekko Park without them performing with the Jordan Luck Band, and tonight’s show seems a brilliant opportunity for them to expand their audience, especially with the upcoming release of their third studio album. Unfortunately, tonight was not vocalist Joe Walsh’s best performance, he admitted to “f**king up the old ones” as he struggled to hold the long and reach the high notes. Despite a wavering vocal performance, the crowd was receptive and supportive. Douch and guitarist Alex Hargreaves were the stand-out players of the set exhibiting great energy. With a set list that included songs both new and old, Walsh did well hitting the notes when singing the lower melodies. Instrumentally, the performance went off without a hitch, and the band looked at home on stage, before they finished up their set with Uh Oh.

The crowd started to move forward as the techs and roadies started to prepare the stage for headliners, Simple Plan. In the meantime, the sound desk was playing a selection of pop/alt-rock tracks from the early 2000’s, much to the excitement of the audience. From Yellowcard’s Ocean Avenue, Good Charlotte’s Anthem, Fall Out Boy’s Sugar, We’re Going Down, to Panic! At the Disco’s I Write Sins Not Tragedies, the audience on the floor were getting rowdy and singing along with volume and passion as they waited.

Well warmed up, the music cut out halfway through Will Smith’s Getting’ Jiggy Wit It, and the crowd erupted into a plethora of high-pitched squeals and screams, overpowering the sound of the air siren that was announced the arrival of the band on stage. Cracking straight into I’d Do Anything, vocalist Pierre Bouvier made the most of the crowd’s excitement, taking every opportunity to get the audience involved with singing, clapping, and general cheering. Every time he pointed to the crowd or mentioned New Zealand the crowd would again erupt in applause and ear-splitting screams. Carrying on through The Worst Day Ever, and You Don’t Mean Anything, it was clear that the band was following the same set list that they have been using throughout the tour, which consisted of playing No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls in album order until the end, where they squeeze in Grow Up before Bouvier starts Perfect acoustically. A solid display from the band, with a lot of movement and good banter. You can’t help but feel that Bouvier’s performance didn’t feel overly authentic, however, with the band completing the same set list for over a year around the world, it felt a lot like Bouvier was going through the motions, even though his vocals were on point. 

In a move similar to Villainy at this year’s Homegrown festival, the band released large beach balls and shot confetti cannons above the crowd showering them in red white and blue, while they all fought to handle their balls. Compared to other recent album anniversary shows, this show is superior in sound quality and energy, and the crowd soaked up everything that the band gave out. The band has been around since before MySpace and Facebook and they frequently remind the crowd of how long it has been, but it’s a double-edged sword; every time serves as a reminder of how long it has been since they were last here. Having released three albums since their last NZ performance in 2005, it was unfortunate that they chose to make the first show back an album anniversary. Having completed their debut album in its entirety, and Bouvier stripping the shirt of his own back and throwing it into the crowd, they returned to the stage for a 7-track encore performance which only included one track from each of their three latest albums. Simple Plan does have a varied performance, with Bouvier and drummer Chuck Comeau switching roles for Grow Up, bringing fans on stage for a photo, and Comeau completing a risky stagedive (full-speed with a roll). The crowd maintained the energy throughout the set, following Bouvier’s directions to the letter, until the night finally came to an end, with Welcome to My Life. A well-handled show, which really should have happened in an arena 10 years ago. Better late than never, I guess.


Photos and review provided by Alex Moulton

 

About Ekko Park

Ekko Park released their highly anticipated, independently released second album Know Hope in October 2015, going straight in to the Official NZ Album Chart at #13 and was the #5 Kiwi album.

2017 saw the release of the single Going Uptown which continued the bands rise and success in Europe, culminating in Ekko Park's first ever European Tour across Italy with a stop in Ireland.

2018 starts in earnest as the band welcomes new guitarist Alex Hargreaves to the team.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Ekko Park

Releases

Know Hope
Year: 2015
Type: Album
Tomorrow Tomorrow Today
Year: 2013
Type: Album

Other Reviews By butch181

Gig Review: Sevendust w/ City of Souls @ Powerstation, Auckland - 23/04/2019
24 Apr 2019 // by butch181
A decidedly reserved Tuesday night in Auckland and people were quietly piling into the Powerstation and grabbing some drinks at the bar. The upper balcony area was closed, so the fans were amassing downstairs around the inner perimeter of the venue.
Read More...
Sonic Altar - Album Review: Under A Dying Sun
27 Mar 2019 // by butch181
In this digital age, it’s not often that you get a full length record anymore. Everything is short and sweet just to get content out there before fans forget your band even exists.
Read More...
Levi Lights On Project - Single Review: Mirror Man
17 Mar 2019 // by butch181
Levi is a musical amalgamation that would in most cases be categorised as folk, thanks to the groups' uncommon mix of instruments consisting of a saxophone, cello, and cajón, and a lack of a drum kit or electric instruments. That being said, Mirror Man has something unique.
Read More...
The Gemini Effect - Single Review: Little Mouse
17 Mar 2019 // by butch181
Little Mouse is the first single from Bad Alien, the upcoming sophomore album of three-piece alt-rock act The Gemini Effect. With some nice consistent snare work, the track jumps right off the bat with a great organic sense of rhythm that has you bobbing your head and tapping your foot along with the beat, accentuated by some gritty power chords.
Read More...
Mermaidens - Single Review: You Maintain The Stain
17 Mar 2019 // by butch181
The latest release from Wellington trio Mermaidens is a straight up middle finger to the powers that control the world and throws away the mainstream formula of verse/chorus patterns, instead, forming a self-righteous maelstrom of sonic environments.  With no warning given, You Maintain The Stain gets straight into cold, apathetic vocals alongside a pluggy bassline, until the guitar jumps in with an uncomfortable level of discord that sows the seeds of uneasiness in the pit of your stomach as if every instrument is performing a different song.
Read More...
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.
Read More...
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.
Read More...
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.
Read More...
View All Articles By butch181

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • DANCE MONKEY
    Tones And I
  • HIGHEST IN THE ROOM
    Travis Scott
  • CIRCLES
    Post Malone
  • CATCHING FEELINGS
    DRAX Project feat. Six60
  • 10,000 HOURS
    Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber
  • SENORITA
    Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello
  • MEMORIES
    Maroon 5
  • BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
    Ed Sheeran feat. Khalid
  • OLD TOWN ROAD (REMIX)
    Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
  • SOMEONE YOU LOVED
    Lewis Capaldi
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