Celebrating their 30th anniversary with a worldwide tour, New York hardcore punk band Sick of It All played to a sold-out crowd at Prince Bandroom in the Melbourne suburb of St. Kilda on Tuesday 24 January 2017. From Queens in New York City, the band is led by brothers Lou Koller on vocals and Pete Koller on guitar, along with Armand Majidi on drums and Craig Setari on bass. The crowd loved their set of about 20 American hardcore songs selected from their catalogue of twelve studio albums. Sick of It All cut their teeth playing Sunday afternoon matinees at the famous CBGB’s during the late-‘80s.
Influential Swedish hardcore punk rockers Refused played a sold-out show at Melbourne’s Prince Bandroom in St. Kilda on Tuesday 24 January 2017. Touring Australia for only the second time in their career since forming in Umeå, Sweden during 1991, the band comprised vocalist Dennis Lyxzén, guitarist Kristofer Steen, drummer David Sandström, bassist Magnus Flagge, and touring guitarist Mattias Bärjed. They played a set of songs spanning their three studio albums from the ‘90s, as well as their comeback album Freedom that reached the Top 10 in Australia in 2015.