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Gig Review: Primacy, Remote & Coridian @ Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland - 7/4/18

22 Apr 2018 // A review by ShelleySketch
As I arrived at Ding Dong Lounge it seemed rather quiet. But you could see it was going to pick up when a stag-do stumbled out. I made my way upstairs to see more people waiting for the gig to start.

The first band to take the stage was Primacy. This was their first gig with the new vocalist Rhys Saran. It's hard to judge a band's performance in such a small venue because they can't exactly move too much. But the band were clearly into it and made use of the space they did have. They also seemed to feed off the crowd, who were clearly there to show they still supported them. Rhys’ vocals were clear, and it was as if he'd always been there.

Remote were up next. For a second, I was confused as drummer Will Bloodfarm and guitarist Jared Tobin from Primacy remained on the stage, but it turns put they also play with Remote. They kept their energy going alongside guitarist Rob and vocalist Andy. The crowd were into it, but it appeared as though this going to be the type of crowd that stood still and head-banged along. There were a few who shouted out at the band, especially when they offered to give away a CD. Vocalist, Rob seemed really determined to keep the energy up on stage and in the crowd. But their set was really good and definitely helped keep the crowd going.

I definitely think the crowd had gained some energy because they started shouting and cheering as Coridian set up. There were also obviously some friends and family in the mix too. It was clear that this was going to be a high-energy set as Coridian got straight into it. Vocalist Dity Maharaj began jumping around and using the space he had. As he belted out the words you could see he felt his performance. Mike, guitars, was also putting a lot of movement and energy to it. It really made the room feel bigger than it was. The small group at the front cracked a few jokes during the set which left Dity doing some stretches at one point, including a few jumping jacks. It was a funny moment. There was also one point where Rob, the vocalist for Remote, came up with a lighter. This encouraged Dity to squat down and sing to Rob with the flame between them. It was a light-hearted moment shared between the two bands, and Coridian played a great set.

People seemed to hang around a bit longer after the gig had finished and the smiles on their faces clearly showed they enjoyed it just as much as I did.

Review written by Shelley Te Haara

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