You sensed something was coming from Cog HQ the moment some nostalgic gig and band photos were uploaded to their Facebook page. Re-issues of the Just Visiting EP’s on 12” had come to light, but you sensed there was something more to it. In the end, the announcement of a nation-wide tour from Australia’s progressive favourite sons almost broke the internet. Sold out shows within minutes left the band literally unable to keep up with the demand. And as multiple shows in each city continued to sell out, it became clear that Australia needed Cog’s return more than the band dared to believe.

From the swirling samples featured on the introduction to their ten-minute opus Doors, the tension building within the confines of 170 Russell was palpable. Flynn Gower had the audience in the palm of his hand from the first line; singing in unison “In time I will change” like it was made for their collective voice. Lucious Borich’s intricate time keeping hasn’t wavered in the 6 or so years since their last lot of shows, clearly evident during Doors and Anarchy OK. And while the intricacies are visibly distinct, his ability to dominate his kit is highlighted in moments such as the extended version of Moshiach and The Spine: Where the mosh pit jumped as one.

Cog’s set spans the length of their back catalogue; from the Just Visiting EP to their most recent release, 2008’s Sharing Space, and every cut was as vital as hearing them first time around. Cog had lost none of their spark. The chemistry, smiles, and understanding of the climate were all there, and you had wondered why the band had left it so long between drinks.

Without doubt the biggest reception they receive is when Gower sincerely thanks those in attendance and announces they are getting back in the studio to record new material in the coming months. The creative juices are flowing, and you would have no reason to suspect they won’t blow our minds with their third long player in the not too distant future.

Book ending the set with their longer brooding numbers, they close out with Sharing Space album opener No Other Way, rising and building with each note, with Luke Gower’s bass work during some of the breakdowns a particular highlight.

Having paved the scene for other progressive bands to enjoy the limelight they helped create, it’s going to be a beautiful thing when new Cog material sees the light of day and they’re able to fully bask in the accolades that they so well and truly deserve.

Dean Forte

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