The Butterfly Effect, The Forum
Its a cool crisp evening in Melbourne, the iconic lights of The Forum splashing iridescence onto the pavement below as the crowd begins to fill the floor. Having been warmed up by These Four Walls and Hammers, icons of The Australian heavy scene The Butterfly Effect erupt onto the stage in full force.
Opening with ‘ Filling Silence’ frontman Clint Boge is alight with energy that is seemingly hard to harness, making him an engaging performer to watch. His voice is nothing short of flawless, his vocal range second to none. As the band process through the set list of fan favourites ‘Crave’, ‘ Always’ and Unbroken’ the crowd immersing themselves in the music with commitment and passion; hands raise beating in time to the music.
As the set list progresses through the evening Boge takes a reflective moment to talk about mental health, asking everyone that might be going through a tough time to ‘ Hang in there, we need you here’ – a rather touching speech to remind the crowd that is OK to seek help in dark days.
Towards the end of the evening there isn’t s single silent voice for the break- out hit ‘ A Beautiful Mine’ as all voices unite to sing a long to the iconic song. Arms are raised, heads thrown back the room lost in a moment of pure joy.
As the evening draws to a close the band have taken the crowd away from our realities for an night and voices have run out across the auditorium in pure joy.
As they wind up the encore with a promise of new music coming soon , it’s no doubt much of this same crowd will be here for many more shows to come. As the encore draws to a close, Boge chugs down a beer whist the final notes of’ Room with a View’ hang in the air.
Words by Amanda Lee Starkey
Behind the lens Lucas Packett