Brisbane’s own punk girl band VOIID tore up the Elsewhere stage on the 24th of August, a fine Friday night to get your ear ripped off in a mosh pit for their 'Twin' Single Launch. The four-piece put on a nostalgia-inducing show for Gold Coast fans, bringing powerful punk melodies and taking us back to the 90s “riot girl” era. Supported by Gold Coast trios Honeygum and Crum whose grunge sounds were nothing short of aggressive and impressive, this evening was set to be a good one.
Having seen Crum a few times on the Gold Coast, I knew what to expect, and again, I was not disappointed. They’ve nailed the genre of 90s grunge and have a performance style to match their sound. Their hair went flying with each climaxing chorus and every member had their heart and soul in their instrument. Their Gold Coast fans were front row and centre, head-banging to their favourite tunes and stopping every few minutes to push one another around (in typical punk-rock fashion). Similarly, their stage banter in-between songs was entertaining and funny. The only negative thing about their set was that their sound mix was sub-par and the vocals were getting lost, but thanks to their style of music, it did not affect their performance much at all. Thankfully, the lead singer asked for the vocals up and it became a lot less crunchy.
Next on the Elsewhere lineup was VOIID who drew with them a mob of supporters, filling the floor. Anji Greenwood, Jasmine Cannon, Antonia Hickey and Kate McGuire know how to hype up their audience. If you haven’t yet indulged in the girl punk brilliance that is VOIID, you best get on board. It’s a flashback to the 90s and they always deliver. The stage presence of the four was powerful and compelling as lead singer, Anji, danced around and interacted with the chaotic crowd while yelling the lyrics to their mighty punk anthems.
Songs like ‘Cheap Wine’ and ‘Forever Teenage’ were responded to with cheers and fans yelling the lyrics, but perhaps the most unifying song between band and crowd was tune ‘Silly Girl’, which received an excited uproar upon the first note and dedicated fans knew every word. VOIID clearly have a loyal following on the Coast who aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Drinks spilled, fans falling over, and limbs went flying for the track of the evening, ‘Twin’. The tight drums drove the song in what can only be described as an organised mess. The energy from the girls did not go unnoticed.
The Elsewhere crowd did not know what hit them (besides maybe a schooner to the face) when VOIID delivered a chaotic single launch supported by Crum and Honeygum. VOIID put on an excellent show for their single ‘Twin’, and will only continue to take the Australia by storm with each track that they release. Keep an eye on this female four-piece when they release their sure-to-be iconic debut LP in 2019.