Tracer @ Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, 16th Feb ’14 – Across The Ocean

Tracer @ Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, 16th Feb ’14

It is a bleak, drizzly Sunday evening and Sydney’s CBD resembles a ghost town as I descend the stairs of Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice for the first time.

It’s as though I have entered another world. The music is pumping and the place is filled with pizza scoffing, beer drinking rock appreciators. At 10pm on a Sunday I am both impressed and suprised. Don’t these people have jobs to go to tomorrow?

As I ponder this, the curtain is dramatically pulled aside and Adelaide’s Tracer are suddenly in our faces  pummeling us with Too Much, the opening track off their debut album Spaces In Between.


This sets the tempo for the evening with Tracer taking us on a cracking journey through select cuts from both their main releases plus the LA? EP.


Seasoned veterans of the European circuit, the band has it’s show finely honed. In singer/guitarist Michael Brown they have an enigmatic frontman, well versed in working the crowd. More than adequately accompanying him on his sometimes Chris Cornell-esque vocals and impressive riffage are the cohesive and energetic rhythm section of drummer Dre Wise and live-wire bassist Jett who lay down a relentless corpulent groove. Also of note is Jett’s ability is bend over backwards whilst playing and not fall over.


Playing a rare Sydney show, the Adelaide boys won over the punters with their barnstorming take on metal tinged 90’s stoner rock. The aptly titled Wrecking Ball was unleashed mid set before a crowd singalong was successfully incited for There’s A Man.


The intensity ascended then exploded with final track Walk Alone, cleverly fused with Sabbath classic War Pigs, which put the icing on the cake of a show guaranteed to win over more than a few of the assembled Sydneysiders.

Photos: Benon Julius William Otto Koebsch

Gavin Stocker

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Outside of Across The Ocean Gavin Stocker writes, records and performs music under the moniker of P Truck.

He can also be found clinging to his youth on a skateboard or wandering aimlessly through the bush.
Gavin Stocker