Live Review: Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes @ Record Junkee

Everyone’s favourite punk rock troubadour strips it back to celebrate the new album.  

Usually, Rattlesnakes gigs involve crowd-surfing, intense moshing and frontman extraordinaire Frank Carter standing on your head as he conducts his symphony of chaos from the crowd. However, to celebrate the band’s third album End of Suffering, Carter and co are visiting some of their favourite record shops to deliver acoustic versions of new material to the masses.

Acoustic renditions of lead single ‘Crowbar’ kicks things off before more crowd favourites are demanded by the audience (the album has barely been out 24 hours). The tense and brooding track ‘Angel Wings’ is transformed into a soulful, melancholic hymn as Frank and guitarist/co-songwriter Dean Richardson keep the sold-out Record Junkee faithful firmly in the palm of their hands.

Whilst the setlist does focus on fresh material, one or two older tracks would have been appreciated purely for singalong value. Yet, getting to hear bonus track ‘BLEED’ up close and personal is a unique experience that may never be replicated again.

As the band are closing in on the highest-charting album of their career, today we saw lightning captured in a bottle and a band settling into their prime. 

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