LIVE: Dead Letter Circus, live at Zierholz UC, Canberra (24-05-12)

Dead Letter Circus

Dead Letter Circus were set to open Zierholz when they passed through Canberra late last year. Since that plan fell through and the venue hadn’t opened, it only seems fitting that they’re back to play the newly opened bar this time around on their Sleepwalker tour.

Melbourne band Twelve Foot Ninja kicked the night off at 8.30, for what was a respectably-sized crowd. With a strong reputation for explosive live performances, they didn’t disappoint. They also set themselves apart stylistically, with what could only be described as a mix between heavy, gritty prog, and funky guitar jams. Despite the crowd seeming a little lukewarm at the time, they did a great job of warming everyone up.

Texan’s Fair to Midland were up next, and they certainly threw themselves straight into things. Vocalist Darroh Sudderth flung himself across the stage, with his eccentric and entertaining stage presence holding the crowd’s attention through most of the set. Their music was grandiose in scale, and that translated well, but it felt like Sudderth’s vocal levels were all over the place. It also could have been the acoustics of the venue that affected their sound, but that said it’s a small complaint in comparison to the performance they gave. “Musical Chairs” and “Dance of the Manatee” sounded particularly great, and they proved themselves to be a band to keep a very close eye on.

Dead Letter Circus took to the stage, this time without guitarist Rob Maric. In his place was Clint Vincent of Australian band Melodyssey, who filled in superbly, nailing every delay-filled riff they brought out. They ran through plenty of fan favourites like “Reaction”, “Next In Line”, and “Disconnect and Apply”, and for the most part, it was a brilliant set list. Kim Benzie’s voice soared as usual, and bassist Stewart Hill took to the stage with such energy that it felt as if he was stealing the show on more than a few occasions. We got a drum solo from Luke Williams, and they also ran through their latest single, “Wake Up” – which sounded significantly more impressive live than it does recorded. It was slightly disappointing that they didn’t close the night with “This Is The Warning”, but when the rest of the set was so tight, it was hard to care too much.

Dead Letter Circus are consistently excellent live, and it’s rewarding them in more ways than one. With a solid fan-base and regular rotation on triple j, they’re showing everyone else just what it takes to succeed. Aspiring musicians: watch carefully, and learn how to captivate an audience. Dead Letter Circus have nailed it.

TOUR: Dead Letter Circus announce the Sleepwalker Tour!

Dead Letter Circus - Sleepwalker Tour

Anthemic Aussie prog-rockers Dead Letter Circus have just announced their “Sleepwalker Australian Tour” for 2012, and they’re bringing with them locals Twelve Foot Ninja, and Fair To Midland – all the way from the USA! They’ve scheduled 20 shows around the country, and if we’re lucky, we might get to hear some new material.

Whether or not that happens though, these guys are a force to be reckoned with, and their live show is one of the best around.

Check out the video for “Reaction” below, alongside all of the dates!

Thursday 10th May 2012
Prince of Wales
41 Stephen Street, Bunbury, WA.
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Friday 11th May 2012
Metropolis
58 South Terrace, Fremantle, WA.
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/ or www.moshtix.com.au
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Saturday 12th May 2012
The Capitol
393 Murray Street, Perth, WA
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/ or www.moshtix.com.au
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Wednesday 16th May 2012
CSU (Charles Sturt University)
Boorooma Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2012
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: CSU student sales only.

Thursday 17th May 2012
Ferntree Gully Hotel
1130 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully, VIC
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Friday 18th May 2012
The HIFI
125 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/ or www.moshtix.com.au
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Saturday 19th May 2012
The Gov
59 Port Road, Adelaide, SA
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/ , www.moshtix.com.au orwww.venuetix.com.au
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Wednesday 23rd May 2012
The Patch
Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow (Wollongong), NSW
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Thursday 24th May 2012
Zierholz @UC
7/19-25 Kembla Street, Canberra, ACT
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Friday 25th May 2012
The HIFI
Building 220, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/ or www.moshtix.com.au
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Saturday 26th May 2012
The Entrance Leagues Club
3 Bay Village Rd, The Entrance, NSW
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Sunday 27th May 2012
The Cambridge
789 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/ or www.moshtix.com.au
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Wednesday 30th May 2012
The Hoey Moey
90 Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour, NSW
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Thursday 31st May 2012
Hotel Great Northern
35-43 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, NSW
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Friday 1st June 2012
The Spotted Cow
296 Ruthven Street , Toowoomba, QLD
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Saturday 2nd June 2012
The HIFI
125 Boundary Street, West End, Brisbane, QLD
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/ or www.moshtix.com.au
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Thursday 7th June 2012
Brothers Leagues Club
99/105 Anderson Street, Manunda, Cairns, QLD
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Friday 8th June 2012
The Venue
719 Flinders Street , Townsville, QLD
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Saturday 9th June 2012
Magnums
366 Shute Harbour Road, Airlee Beach, QLD
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.

Sunday 10th June 2012
Kings Beach Tavern
43 Burgess Street , Caloundra, QLD
w/ Fair to Midland and Twelve Foot Ninja.
Tickets: http://deadlettercircus.oztix.com.au/
Phonecharge: 1300 762 545. All usual outlets.