The butterfly effect in empty space (Toowoomba)

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It’s a cold, drizzly night in Toowoomba (October 6), but that didn’t deter the large crowd gathered for The Butterfly Effect show.

Caligula’s Horse starts at night, falling fast and heavy from the start. They blast fan favorites like “Marigold” and “Rust” as the tension in the air thickens.

“I love that guy up front,” frontman Jim Gray said. “He congratulates us for the good work. It’s the best.”

Their latest song, “Dream The Dead,” sports a deliciously thick and heavy intro, before a melodic chorus introduces Grey’s dark, flowing vocals.

High-pitched guitar notes ring out giving an urgent sense of hope. The song ends abruptly as Gray raises his hands in the air, singing an unexpectedly beautiful falsetto. It goes up and down as the group reboots before completing their set.

Then, Thornhill comes out under continuous pink lights. The drums beat viciously as the distorted voice echoes.

Jacob Charlton’s ridiculously high voice screams at the audience. “Toowoomba, how are you? he asks, starting the next song and shouting maybe as loud as I’ve ever heard a man shout. He wears a black and silver cobweb jacket.

“Jump!” he asks. It’s frenetic. Charlton floats effortlessly between deep notes and falsetto, before launching into deep growls. It’s impressive and quite an experience.

Suddenly the lights dim. The Butterfly Effect enter ‘Intro’ from their album ‘IV’. Bass drones and ambience load up. They encounter ‘Dark Light’ as purple and orange lights flash in the foggy room.

Frontman Clint Boge throws his hands over the audience, pointing and pulling the crowd in as he sings “Until We Meet Again”. “Good to see you,” he says after the song ends. “I love you.”

“Window And The Watcher” begins and the lights are stunning, gorgeous oranges and pinks flooding the space. Boge’s voice is beautiful as he dances around the stage.

They jump into ‘A Slow Descent’ and the crowd jumps as the yellow lights flash endlessly on the stage. Clint is forward and bossy as he hangs up the microphone for the audience to sing along to. The song is paused for a moment and the audience intones the lyrics before the band ceremoniously returns.

The room turns green and it becomes clear that Boge is wearing a flanny like only he could. “Always,” Clint sings, gesturing at the crowd as the group struggles. “Man, you have a great time there. I’m looking at you, it’s good value for money,” he remarks.

For ‘So Tired’, the drums are incredible. Ben Hall doesn’t miss a beat. Something about this show seems different, and suddenly it becomes apparent that no iPhone has been released. Each person is here to experience the moment together.

‘Room Without A View’ begins, and Boge’s voice rings out loud, as the lights flash frantically. “Where were you hiding?” Clint asks in a long voice. They are captivating, a real moment in time.

Hall hits hard on the snare drum to announce ‘Nil By Mouth’. “I don’t care,” Boge says, pointing directly. The bass runs up and down the tin walls of Blank Space.

“I just want you to know that if eternity exists, you’ll go inside of me forever,” Clint sings in “Gone.” His words are poignant and profound, they touch a sensitive chord.

The guitar echoes solitary notes in the yellow room for ‘Before They Knew’. “It’s okay,” Boge sings in a beautiful falsetto voice, and you feel like it is.

“You let me down again, everyone is running away, it’s a crime,” Boge confesses. The lyrics are soulful and soulful, before the band suddenly sinks into energetic beats.

“Give me a second to breathe!” Clint shouts from “One Second Of Insanity”, before the whole space goes dark. The audience applauds with delight. “Now you wake up tired, so uninspired to face the world, the world is on fire,” Boge sings. The song was released in 2008, but it sounds oddly prophetic of current times.

Kurt Goedhart’s guitar solos are impeccable. The song continues for a while, but the time seems to pass very quickly.

The reminder starts with ‘Visiting hours’. “The years have passed me, was it worth the wait?” Boge calls it and surely The Butterfly Effect was worth the wait.

“Are you ready for the next one? Boge asks the crowd, as they loudly affirm.

“Last night I dreamed that I had you with me, even closer to see you go,” Boge shouts, as the crowd responds.

The lyrics are powerful and deep. The lights are amazing and the group is extremely tight. All in all a memorable experience. Above all, Boge’s voice is high.

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