As we stand outside on the cold streets of Bristol tonight a few thoughts run through our minds; is tonight sold out?, can Bury Tomorrow conquer and carry on their blistering form they’ve accomplished during 2014?, and why are doors 15 minutes late? Eventually when doors do open we make our way upstairs and are greeted by a massive hall. There’s long tables, a bar that serves Steins of draught and a lot of kids here tonight, sounds like a setting for a party tonight.
Kicking off the party tonight and here to warm everyone up is Slaves from the US fronted by Jonny Craig. You just need to mention the name to people and opinion is divided on the troublesome vocalist, however as soon as he steps foot on stage and opens his mouth you forget his well documented past and get lost as his voice soars throughout the Bierkeller tonight. The music is similar to Issues in a way that the vocals and patterns used have an RnB flavour to them and whilst the band crank out bursts of your usual metalcore. It’s ambient and atmospheric and captivates the first few rows of tonights attendees, a terrific feat for a band who only formed this year.
IN HEARTS WAKE
Now for the first of two Australian bands on the bill tonight, both of whom are vastly different in genre and comparison. From Byron Bay, the home of none other than Parkway Drive is In Hearts Wake. The metal quintet draw the crowd in to get involved and the first few pits open up this evening with their brutality. The guys play a confident set and it is visible to see that the band have made some new fans as the room fills up more and more during their time. Slowed down and cleaner sections are fused together with groove fuelled riffs that sound absolutely huge tonight, another band from down under making waves across the world and especially on our shores. A mesmerizing light show and colourful attire (they’re Australian surf/beach wear was bound to come out) make for a memorable support slot.
HANDS LIKE HOUSES
Canberra’s Hands Like Houses rock up on stage with a spring in their step and more brightly coloured attire. Having toured here earlier in the year and playing Hit The Deck festival (which has a date in Bristol) it’s clear to see that these previous ventures have put the band in a winning position tonight. There’s the first of tonights sing-a-longs with the band writing enormous and catchy rock tunes that fill the room from the front to the back. They have more in common with Slaves than In Hearts Wake which is clarified by Jonny Craig coming back out for a guest vocal appearance on ‘Lion Skin’. Energy levels are taken down a notch and allow the crowd a respite before the band crank up the tempo again and finish on a high note with ‘Introduced Species’. However after all that we can’t help but feel a lot of the crowd were split 50/50 on the enjoyment scale with such a diverse line up.
As the lights go down and the front stage projector makes way, its time for Bury Tomorrow to make it known why they are one of the next big bands in Britain. As the opening notes of ‘Man On Fire’ ring out across the deafeningly loud PA system the venue turns into a screaming, seething mass of sweaty bodies and right away we can tell tonight is going to be special. Bury Tomorrow are not fucking around tonight, they mean business. Their resurgence of the past 18 months has been spectacular and is clear to see they are relishing playing in venues like this tonight. ‘Royal Blood’ and ‘An Honourable Reign’ make early appearances and send the audience into hysteria. The tracks aired off third album Runes slide into the set perfectly and get some of the biggest reactions of the night with cuts such as ‘Our Gift’ and ‘Garden of Thorns’, a song that seems purposely built for the live environment.
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They are unstoppable tonight, nothing can slow them down or hinder this performance. Not even during set closer ‘Of Glory’ when vocalist and ringleader Dani Winter-Bates does his himself a mischief and spends the rest of the song hobbling about and his band mates looking concerned. We said they are unstoppable and the band including Dani make their way back out for a two song encore starting with the song they reference as their ‘girly one’, ‘You & I’. Bassist Dav has banter with a girl who doesn’t get involved with a battle of the sexes and flirts with a security guard. The party is in full swing and shows no signs of slowing down, but all good things must come to an end and ‘Lionheart’ sends everyone off tonight on a high. A high profile tour and ‘next level’ mark for Bury Tomorrow, they knocked this one out of the park with frightening ease, a staggering set from the South Coast metallers.