Australian rock took a solid shot in the arm last night as a privileged few bore witness to the return of the almighty COG to the live show arena in Byron Bay – their first show back in a very long time.
Almost six years ago the powerhouse trio of Australian progressive rock went on a sort of unscripted hiatus, melting between downtime, other musical pursuits and side projects – and by all appearances it’s about that long since Luke Gower has had a shave haha.
Many believed their run of shows late in 2010 would be their last, and the band seemed to hint that it might be the end too at the time, but a recent announcement of an Australian tour reignited the COG flame, sending the online ticket sellers into a frenzy – the first two rounds of shows sold out in just a few hours.
The eclectic brothers of Flynn and Luke Gower, backed by the metronomic Lucius Borich on the skins, rumbled to life at around 10:50pm last night, unleashing a barrage of classic COG songs with devastating precision, purpose and performance. Opening with the crescendo soundscape of Doors (Now And Then My Life Feels Like It’s Going Nowhere), the band belted out a gutsy set of modern classics from their catalogue, including their powerful cover version of John Lydon and Leftfield’s Open Up.
Towards the end of the set Flynn took a moment to make an unexpected announcement, saying that the band was moving its official home-town status from Bondi to Byron Bay, committing COG to the region as one of Byron’s own.
“I suppose you could call us a Byron Bay band now,” said Flynn, earning a rawkus response from the crowd.
All in all, a three-ring circus, that blew the roof of the Northern and lit the town on fire! Off to the Triffid tonight for more.
Photos // Luke Sorensen
All the shows are SOLD OUT except for Newcastle and Perth. Tickets going fast, so get on it!