GIG REVIEW: Patient Lounge + Torizon + Winchester Revival, Tomcat, 28/11/2021

Words by Tracey Moyle {Music Maven Events}

Photos by Elizabeth Sharpe // IG : @ummagummamumma

Saturday night saw a rare ‘paid entry’ show at Tomcat in the Valley, with Brisbane rockers Patient Lounge drawing a big crowd to launch their single, Treehouse no.

Judging by the crowd gathered from the opening set, it was evident that parting with a few dollars to see three quality local rock acts wasn’t an issue.  With the pandemic crushing the music scene, punters are more than happy to support the raging talent we have bursting out of the busy SE Qld music scene.

Opening the night, Winchester Revival injected the crowd with electrifying energy. Their magic woven through their fusion of rock, classic rock, grunge and funk delivered with a splash of glam. Their set kicked off at full throttle with Reborn pulsating with big riffs and brilliant melodic rock harmonies reminiscent of the ’80s. Funky glammed up debut track Sarah rolled out across the room, getting everyone grooving.

The kaleidoscope of rock continued, including a not too shabby cover of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; I Love Rock n Roll. The legendary rock goddess would have approved. Some brilliant cruisin’ vibes with Born For the Road brought the new track to life, with the set wrapping up with a song about getting ‘fucked over’ the band belting out Through Man. The crowd was ready to rock on.

Brisbane’s hard rock mainstay, Torizon, brought in the heavy guns with their opening track Hey You, with frontwoman Mish instantly commanding the crowd. The band raised the intensity with the 2020 heavy AF single Find My Way Out belting out across the room. The band introduced emotive new song Maybe, the Tomcat crowd lapping up the bone-crunching heavy licks.

Pleasing fans with their popular heavy-hitting track Immerse, Mish worked the stage drawing in the crowd. Taking out their set across the entire timeline, brand new track Oceans showcased the frontwoman power vocals. It was flawlessly followed by the electric Burning Away, off their first EP, sending a frantic vibe around the room.

The popular Brisbane live music venue was on fire in the best possible way.

The nights sold-out event launched local rock heavyweights Patient Lounge’s latest single, Treehouse. The band’s genre-bending sound combines Jazz, prog, alt-rock, funk and groove in a way no one has done.

The band took over the stage, their unique sound exploding across the crowd with opener Vivid Eyes. The band emanates a rainbow of sounds drawing from Zach Eather’s raspy, Jazz primed vocals intertwining throughout a massive progressive rock track.

The smooth, silky tone of Sacred had an alternating feeling of jazz bar or a rock gig. Just close your eyes and pick your vibe. His vocals hold a raw quality that embodies their stage presence. The quartet works together like a well-oiled machine driving the song to the crowd. 

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Dominant bass and crisp progressive guitar had New Man piercing the crowd as they settled in for the famous track. The fans were mesmerised by the tapestry of sounds spun together by Eather’s lyrics. A cover of the John Farnham Aussie classic, The Voice, like it’s never been sung before, followed and had the crowd working their pipes hard.

Launch track Treehouse was stripped back for the intro with a liquid-smooth progressive ambience filling the room. Eather captures the moment the frontman shines on stage. The band is by no means secondary, with each member’s role as defined as collaborative.

The band play through popular track Places, the crowd singing along. Eric Moors‘ guitar solo was the time to shine for Patient Lounge. Brilliant live song. 

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The night changes pace in the best way with Eather on acoustic with new songs Vaporise and Lucy crooning out across the room. The acoustic makes the set, and as the songs progress through, Moors joins in on lead guitar with  Nick Keogh-Peel‘s Drums and Lucas Montgomery‘s bass coming along soon after. A fantastic progression from acoustic to full-blown rock track.

The music continued for a few more tracks, and the night wound up with the crowd pleading for one more song. They finish the night on their most popular track, All You Want.

The Australian rock scene is making its way back after a forced hiatus and with bands like the three local aforementioned bands playing the traps, it’s time to get out and support our local legends.

Treehouse is available now on streaming services

With thanks to Hard Drive Agency

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