One of last years biggest and best breakthrough bands comes back to the UK to keep the momentum of their incredible rise over here going, ladies and gentleman tonight here in Reading we shall witness the first show of a week long stint culminating with performances at Slam Dunk. The band in question you ask?…Ohio quintet Beartooth.
The last Beartooth headline tour back in September had Dead Harts as main support but tonight will open proceedings for their Stateside brothers. Slamming straight into ‘Pit Talk’ after a noisy intro the bands intentions are set firmly on, get rowdy and annihilate this Reading crowd. The way at which the members flail and throw themselves around is as chaotic as it is tight with no one missing a step throughout ‘Cult For The Haggard Youth’ or the filth that is ‘Striptease’. About 80% of the audience is made up of 14/15 year olds and they have no idea what they’re witnessing, but look on intrigued and slightly worried. A blistering set from the Sheffield crew.
The Color Morale are up next and look settled here tonight at The Bowery District, rocking up onstage all smiles and high energy. The guys have garnered a bigger following than we initially expected and prove why with their brand of metalcore that has more hooks and melodies than the majority of the scene around right now. The crowd follow Garret Rapp’s every command in getting the place bouncing and moshing throughout. ‘Outer Demons’ whips up the first circle pit of the night with Steve Carey on the skins with his rapid fire drumming. However their set starts to get a little stale by the end with a few too many similarities within their songs.
Finally Beartooth take to the stage and open with a raucous rendition of ‘Relapsing’ and straight away this crowd are in the palm of Caleb Shomo’s hands. It’s easy to see why the ‘tooth have gained such a reputation for their live performances with the sheer ferocity and precision they play every song with. Especially when you’ve written songs as good as ‘I Have A Problem’. Pask from Dead Harts takes over guitar duties briefly so Kamron Bradbury can enjoy a quick crowd surf which the enthusiastic crowd are more than welcome to. ‘In Between’ boasts the biggest sing-a-long of the night as it is absolutely deafening.
The room once again explodes when the opening riff of ‘The Lines’ rolls out the PA and the band are loving every second of this. ‘Beaten In Lips’ and ‘Body Bag’ are whats left to end what has been a frantic and fun exercise in live music, many of tonights attendees leave with big smiles and brand new merch. Are Beartooth one of the new gateway bands for the young in our society? It seems so and thats another reason we can’t wait for them to come back as soon as possible.