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LIVE: From First To Last @ Download Festival (15/06/2008)

Date: June 15th, 2008
Venue: Main Stage, Download Festival
Support: N/A
Rating: 7/10

Website: www.fromfirsttolast.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/fftl

From First To Last profile

After a past of many UK shows and festivals cancelled and a band member leaving, From First To Last storm strong and confident onto the main stage of Download festival this year.

Obviously the whole prospect of having a lead singer is now missing from the band’s live performances, so arguably there’s less activity, but this doesn’t make From First To Last an unenjoyable band to watch without Sonny Moore. The band triumph through a set containing most of their news songs since the line-up change, such as ‘Two As One’, and deliver them well. Though the crowd is clearly too tired with their early show, the band themselves are far from fatigued, with the members prancing across the stage with large amounts of energy. When the band play their older songs ‘The Latest Plague’ and ‘Ride The Wings Of Pestilence’, their words are sung right back from their fans, showing their appreciation for the band sticking together through pretty hard times.

Though they need to work a bit more on their showmanship with their new line-up, From First To Last are showing no signs of backing down. If the loss of a strong band member won’t bring these guys down, then very little will.

Written by Zach Redrup

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LIVE: Fightstar @ Download Festival (15/06/2008)

Date: June 15th, 2008
Venue: Main Stage, Download Festival
Support: N/A
Rating: 7/10

Website: www.fightstar.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/fightstarmusic

Fightstar profile

With a member holding a past of being a member of a pop band as big and as cheesy as Busted, you would expect for Fightstar to have a bottle or two thrown at them playing the main stage at Download.

The thing is, since the band formed and made their presence known in 2003 they’ve grown into a respectable band, and they’re not bad at writing and performing their songs, but due to the musical past of Charlie Simpson they may not ever be fully respected. However, despite this, very few bottles were thrown onstage while the band played fan favourites like ‘Paint Your Target’, ‘Palahnuik’s Laughter’, and ‘Build An Army’. Charlie has grown his confidence tremendously, developing into a rock star of his own rights. The band’s closer ‘Deathcar’ shows clear evidence of his growth in confidence along with the other three members of the band, and proving that they deserve to play a slot on the main stage of Download festival.

Fightstar deserve a lot more respect than they get given, and if any of the haters turned their opinion due to their performance then they’re on their way there.

Written by Zach Redrup

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LIVE: Download Festival @ Donington Park (14/06/2009)

Date: June 14th, 2009
Venue: Donington Park
Stages: Second Stage, Tuborg Stage, Red Bull Stage

Website: www.downloadfestival.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/downloadfestival

Bring on Download 2010!

Download‘s Main Stage on Sunday is band after band from the days of yore. Instead of those mainly insanely popular bands, DEAD PRESS! decided to cover the more modern and cuttingly new acts on the other stages.

TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED – SECOND STAGE
RATING: 6/10
Today’s second stage seems to be occupying heavyweights for the most part of the day, and Trigger The Bloodshed is one of the earlier performing crafters of this far from radio-friendly style. Though their material is a tad cliché and each song of the set sounds just like the one played before it, the band are rather overpowering onstage. Drummer Max Blunos is smashing cymbals and drum skins like nobody’s business, and whilst frontman Jonny Burgan isn’t stuff made of legends yet hints of potential are there, with his grunts and growls along with his commands for crowd movement and participation are enough to incite the first few moshpits for the second stage crowd.

SUICIDE SILENCE – SECOND STAGE
RATING: 9/10
Things go up a few notches for 5-piece Suicide Silence, pummeling blistering sounds from their PA system speakers to a crowd mainly frenzied in a sea of mosh pits. It’s an odd, rare, but ultimately good thing to see a band this heavy receiving such a positive sing back to this song; especially seeing as it’s difficult to interpret whatever the fuck Mitch Lucker is screaming his lungs out about. New album offering ‘Wake Up’ is welcomed by a sea of headbangers and kids screaming the words “Wake up! Wake up!” right back in the band’s faces. The final detonation of ‘No Pity For A Coward’ is a clear realization as to how heavy and respected this band is right now, with the field becoming a minefield of circle pits, and almost everyone in the first few rows watching the spectacle before them yelling “Seconds from the end / What’s it gonna be? / Pull the trigger bitch!”, and at times even overpowering the volume from the stage sound system.

PULLED APART BY HORSES – TUBORG STAGE
RATING: 7/10
Being pulled apart by horses isn’t an activity anyone would find fun at all, so it’s a good thing a band of the same name aren’t in any area of torture. Their fun and erratic stage performance is entertaining enough to watch if you aren’t a fan of their sound. Whether they’re jumping off speakers, getting people in the crowd to high-five one another, announcing to the crowd their drunk and encouraging others to join them, or jumping from the stage and down to the barrier to see their fans, Pulled Apart By Horses made their set more than just about the music. Frontman Tom Hudson even jumps over the barrier and parties alongside the audience during set closer ‘I Punched A Lion In The Throat’; a random yet amusing song title which only enforces the strange style these Yorkshire boys put across.

FEI COMODO – RED BULL BEDROOM JAM STAGE
RATING: 8/10
Probably reeling in one of the biggest crowds to the Red Bull Bedroom Jam tent all weekend, Fei Comodo‘s energetic alternative rock/post-hardcore style sees crowd participation from start to finish. Lead vocalist Marc Halls is jumping from speakers, hanging from the side stage supports, and coming up to the crowd barrier at any appropriate opportunity. The constant crowd surfing on top of this shows a band who truly connect and involve the crowd in a show which should see this band on a bigger and more appropriate stage for them. Songs like ‘Break The Ice’ has every word sung right back to the band too, showing a following and dedication that many bands in their position find hard to obtain.

TRIVIUM – SECOND STAGE
RATING: 9/10
For a band who’s big jump start into international touring and success was all down to their first appearance at this festival, it seems only fitting that Trivium are placed as second stage headliners for the Sunday, and therefore closing the festival weekend. Since those few years ago the band have garnered two more studio albums under their belts, and a hell of a lot of experience live on multiple tours across the world. The combined dual guitar onslaught from Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu is stronger and tighter than ever, and though the nature of the band’s solos are rather complex they seem to flow as easy and sharp as if they were to play any old riff. Between a set of ‘Like Light To Flies’, ‘Fugue’ and ‘Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr’, Matt is constantly thanking and sending his appreciation to the supporting crowd, even stating “this is proof, if we can make it then any one of you can. Whether you want to be a lawyer or a doctor, you can do it” to a much deserved applause, and even dedicates ‘Anthem (We Are The Fire)’ to the thousands of people watching them. With several mosh pits being dotted in all places across the field, Heafy‘s constant gasps of “Oh my god!” not only sums how they feel about their feedback of this set, but also how the crowd feels about Trivium – a great end to a fucking rocking weekend!

Written by Zach Redrup

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LIVE: You Me At Six @ Academy 2, Manchester (23/10/2008)

Date: October 23rd, 2008
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Support: Farewell, Houston Calls

Rating: 7/10

Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/youmeatsix

You Me At Six profile

It’s strange how much can happen in the space of a year, especially within the music industry. With the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Nirvana, it was almost overnight where they shifted from a band not many people knew, to becoming bands that dominated the world. You Me At Six are nowhere near such feats, but they’ve made pretty big accomplishments considering their young age. This time last year they had one single, and were playing shows where they could, no matter how small and secluded the venue. Now, they have a few singles and a full-length album under their belt, and have recently supported Fall Out Boy on a recent UK tour, and are currently on one of their now many UK headlining tours, selling out their show tonight at Manchester Academy 2.

Along for the ride they’ve brought similar pop-punk bands to fit the bill, and Farewell (****) aren’t ones to disappoint either, even forcing the audience to make a small circle pit at one point. They constantly chat, banter, and interact with the crowd to get them involved with the fun and catchy music they make. Their set of material is densely filled with chorus hooks and memorable vocal lines that the crowd easily and happily sing back to, pulling out songs like ‘Hey Heather’, ‘Zelda’, and ‘First One On The Blog’ to keep them warmed up and excited for the two acts to follow after them. It helps that the band are as energetic and pumped as they want their spectators to be, and their charismatic nature combined with such onstage enthusiasm has no doubt secured them a few new fans.

Keeping the support bands American, Houston Calls (***) are the next band to show what they’ve got for this mainly teenage crowd. Having only recently released their latest full-length album, they have the slight disadvantage that not much of their newer material is engrained into the memory bank of their fans to help them sing-a-long and support them with, and this seems to show in the audience reaction to their show, with frontman Tom ‘Chitty’ Keiger asking every now and then “Are you guys gonna jump around and have some fun with us?”. Regardless of the crowd’s unwilling behavior, Houston Calls put in the effort and passion, with guitarist Jose Lopez and keyboardist ‘Okie’ Okamoto clearly giving it their all.

With the crowd warmed-up nicely, it’s high time that You Me At Six (***) took to the stage and shown their guns. Immediately the reaction to their appearance is intense, coming to the stage with a dramatic audio entrance of the famous piece ‘O Fortuna’ by Carl Orff (it’s used in the beginning of Jackass: The Movie along with many other things). The wave of screams and applause is then fought back by the speakers blasting, with the band playing through songs from their recent full-length debut, such as ‘If You Run’ and ‘Save It For The Bedroom’, without failing to have most every word sung back to the band. Though their efforts are impressive to most band standards, it just seems that tonight the band are a little off from their usual standards, and perhaps holding back a bit than normal. Nevertheless, each song is performed with minimal flaws, and enough to create a circle pit taking up more than half of the venue floor during ‘If I Were In Your Shoes’. Set closer ‘The Rumour’ to end the night goes down a treat, with most people singing back “Hold your hands into the air. Hold your hands as if you care” whether they’re into the band or not, or if they’ve not even heard the song before.

You Me At Six have gone a long way in such a short space of time, so who knows where they’ll be this time next year. They may have to step up their game a little bit if they wish to progress as greatly in such a short space of time as they have done so far.

Written by Zach Redrup

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LIVE: Enter Shikari @ University, Keele (05/10/2008)

Date: October 5th, 2008
Venue: University, Keele
Support: Flood Of Red, P-Dex

Rating: 10/10

Website: www.entershikari.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/entershikari

Enter Shikari profile

With a highly anticipated second album on the horizon, and a new single out in a few days time, Enter Shikari are once again a band that is hot on everyone’s lips at the moment, and tonight at Keele University they plan on engraving the reason why this is the case, playing the smaller venues on the current tour so they don’t miss out the little people out there.

Every few dates into the tour the band have a different band as their support act, and Keele are one of the few dates to have Scotland’s Flood Of Red (**) and their post-hardcore offerings. Maybe it’s the slightly more restrictive nature of the stage they’re on tonight, but compared to their usual efforts Flood Of Red are fairly tame – or maybe even so far to say as dull, and this is even shown in their choice of songs in their setlist. Sure, they played hard-hitting favourites like ‘Don’t Sleep, Swim!’ and ‘An Hour Away’, but for the most part their songs stayed on the mellower side of their material. They even shoved in a rather obscure drum orientated interlude in-between some of their songs, with every member equipped with sticks in their hand and smashing some form of drum or cymbal. None the less, despite their restrictive presence they put on a somewhat ‘entertaining’ performance.

An unexpected surprise is nice here and there, and for this one Enter Shikari have lined up a DJ set in the form of P-Dex (****). He’s simply warming the crowd up for tonight’s headliners, and boiling their energetic juices with a range of drum ‘n’ bass and dance/trance tunes to get them in the mood for the dance/rock hybrid band.

It’s not long before Enter Shikari (*****) come out with their guns blazing, playing tracks like ‘No Sssweat’, ‘Return To Energiser’, and ‘The Feast’, all the while the crowd is going absolutely ballistic and creating and frantic frenzy to this bands presence. The circle pits made are large and wide in size, and big with intensity and energy, sometimes occupying more than a few dozen people dancing the night away. At times this went out of control, and people were throwing themselves around like old rag dolls, but this didn’t downgrade the show put on by the band. Aswell as some oldies, Enter Shikari reveled some of the new album material on the way, including ‘Step Up’ and ‘Hectic’, which is already showing a whole new level above the previous work on Take To The Skies, and have obviously been worked on a lot to be played so well live already. Old favourites get the crowd pumping again, with words sung across the whole room to the likes of ‘Mothership’, aswell as the infamous clap moment featured in their hit-single, ‘Sorry, You’re Not A Winner’. The room literally is a total mess, and the floor is filled with tired and sweaty fans thirsty for more. For a very short while the band take off the stage, and return to begin an encore, yet bassist Chris Batten seemed to have damaged his amp speakers. However, after a short few moments of banter and jokes the band are ready to perform, bouncing straight into an electrifying shot of ‘Enter Shikari’ and the room just bellows the opening screams of “Shit! Shit!” from the top of their lungs, and everyone is dancing and flinging themselves around like fools again. The final song ‘We Can Breathe In Space, They Just Don’t Want Us To Escape’ is when everyone is making the most of the last few minutes they can, frontman Rou Reynolds even jumps from the stage to the barrier one final time to get involved and scream one final time at the crowd that gave Enter Shikari the reaction they so rightly deserve.

Written by Zach Redrup

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LIVE: Reuben @ Academy 3, Manchester (24/09/2007)

Date: September 24th, 2007
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: Enjoy Destroy, Kill Kenada

Rating: 8/10

Website: www.wordsfromreuben.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/wordsfromreuben

Reuben profile

‘In Nothing We Trust’ is Reuben‘s most recent release and their third full-length studio album, and they’ve recently embarked on a UK tour to accompany and promote this album. On these dates, they’re accompanied by small UK support acts Enjoy Destroy and Kill Kenada. Everyone at the venue has got to have at least heard of Reuben to be here, and most are probably here just for them, and with the band having one of the most dedicated fan bases around you can assume instantly that the atmosphere and reaction from the crowd is going to be immense.

Opening support act Enjoy Destroy hit the stage to start the night’s antics. Consisting of members that look like they could all be related to one another and a frontman who sings, plays guitar AND plays the keyboard on top of that, they deliver melodic alternative rock and soften the audience for the next two upcoming acts. They’re merely just preparing slowly but surely for the experience they’ll get from second support band, Kill Kenada.

One of the more atmospheric and experimental bands we’ve seen recently, Kill Kenada open their set with a short instrumental. This band look like a group of three misfits; there’s guitarist Danny Williams, who dresses fashionably according to today’s standards, drummer Eldge who looks like he could play in a metal/hardcore band, and a make-up wearing bassist and frontman Tim Smithen – who has tattoos dotted in various areas across both arms including the likes of Gloomy Bear and characters from the video game Pac-Man. However, when a band sounds as intense as Kill Kenada do tonight it wouldn’t matter if one dressed like Darth Vader, another like an Umpa Lumpa, and another like a Womble. Their songs mainly tell of anger, rage, and self-hatred with chorus lines such as “I fucking hate myself!”, and they get the audience pumped up and ready for tonight’s headliners.

After a 30 minute interval the room fades to black, and headliners Reuben soon jump to the stage. Wearing black shirts with the letters ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ on front of them, (from the video of their recent single – ‘Deadly Lethal Ninja Assassin’), the band begin their set with ‘Suffocation Of The Soul’. As soon as Jamie Lenman begins the opening lyrics “I thought that I was full of such hope and light, and such love” the fans instantly sing the words straight back at him, and this is the way it is for the entire duration of the gig. They scream, they sing, and just throw the lyrics straight back into the band’s face, and in some occasions they even overpower Jamie‘s voice through their amplifiers.

A few songs later the band play ‘Everytime A Teenager Listens To Drum & Bass, A Rockstar Dies’, and during the drum sample opening Jamie starts doing a robot dance, “Everyone join in and do the robot dance”, and just like that over half the crowd join in with Jamie and Jon‘s techno dancing. Clearly a band who aren’t afraid to reveal their humourous side and give their fans a good laugh along with their performance.

A few songs further into the set and the band come to play recent single release ‘Deadly Lethal Ninja Assassin’, but before they even play a single note Jamie grabs a huge heavy metal guitar, but has trouble trying to plug it into his effects pedals, and rants to the crowd afterwards “This bad boy’s more trouble than it’s worth… but I look awesome!” and the entire venue sends out a chuckle, another humorous venture. The night is coming to a close, and Reuben play the last song on their set list flawlessly, ‘A Short History Of Nearly Everything’, and just like every other song on their set their fans are singing back every word like a melodic serenade.

The last screams end what came to be a fantastic night out, underdogs Reuben do it once again. When a band’s live performace is of this level and calibre, it’s a wonder why this band aren’t much bigger already. They’ve got the skill, the technique, the humour, and have certainly got the dedication in their fans.

Written by Zach Redrup

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LIVE: Misery Signals @ Moho Live, Manchester (27/09/2009)

Date: September 27th, 2009
Venue: Moho Live, Manchester
Support: Empires Fade, The Number 12 Looks Like You, Your Demise

Rating: 7/10

Website: www.miserysignals.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/miserysignals

Misery Signals profile

2009 has been a busy year for the boys in Misery Signals; constant touring across various countries and continents with various bands and a few festivals here and there, all to promote the band’s latest full-length ‘Controller’. The band even have a t-shirt available on this last leg with all the venues and dates they’ve done this year, and they nearly ran out of room. Definitely a big year.

On their last few dates for a good long time, Moho Live in Manchester starts off with a local support act, Empires Fade (***). Though they’re clearly not veterans in their style, the Mancunian 5-piece aren’t a band to just dismiss. Energetic and brutal from the get go, their metalcore presence on the stage is welcomed by both the familiar and the less so, with many of their local fans often running up to grab the mic out of vocalist Alex‘s hands.

Things are tuned to more frantic and crazy, though at times arguably more melodic for The Number 12 Looks Like You (****) and their huge funnel of influences to power them. Though this is their first time on UK shores even with 4 successful albums under their belts, it’s clear that it’s been an eagerly awaited event for many to see the mathcore band in the flesh. Steering mainly towards newer material like ‘The Garden’s All Nighters’ and ‘Jay Walking Backwards’, the recent loss of second vocalist Justin Pedrick is obvious, but the solo efforts of Jase Korman are admirable serve the 4-piece more than enough justice, and make the UK’s wait worthwhile and rewarding.

Leed’s based Your Demise (*****) turn things to cataclysmic levels of insanity. Literally seconds into the band’s set, the crowd implodes into a field of hardcore dancers and mosh pits, and those not involved rush to the front screaming lyric for lyric of each song. Newly recruited vocalist Ed McRae is on top form, jumping in on the action before him whilst screaming his heart out. At the look of the crowd’s reaction to the band and their material, you wouldn’t be surprised if those unfamiliar to this scene thought that they were the main act, becoming a tough support act to top.

Sadly Misery Signals (***) can’t quite cut it. It’s not that they don’t put on a great show, full of raw energy as per usual, it’s just tonight the band can’t quite pull it off as well as some of the supporting acts. The fact that frontman Karl Schubach is suffering from a cold may be a contributer to this slight dent on this show of the tour, but ultimately the band might just be having an off night. Still, numbers like ‘Weight Of The World’ and ‘A Certain Trigger’ still manage to erupt an impressive pit none the less, and can safely leave the band with the knowledge that things could’ve gone a lot worse.

Written by Zach Redrup

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LIVE: Title Of Injustice @ The Norfolk Inn, Stoke (13/10/2009)

Date: October 13th, 2009
Venue: The Norfolk Inn, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: Drederick Tatum, Hyde

Rating: 7/10

Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/titleofinjustice

Title Of Injustice profile

The Norfolk Inn is soon to be shut down, and is hosting its last few gigs during October 2009; one of which being Title Of Injustice and others. All bands are going without a mixing desk or stage, and playing straight on the pub floor besides the bar, and straight through amps like a practice session would be.

Chester’s Drederick Tatum (***) set things off with a bang. Though the crowd size is minimal, vocalist Gary Challinor and bassist Tom Plant still insist on jumping into people and getting them involved and more lively. The band had to bring in a new replacement guitarist Shaun Hayes (from I, Said The Spy!) for the night, who doesn’t seem to have dampened the group’s tight sound during songs like ‘I Am The British Beyonce’. The lack of spectators though seems to restrict the band’s true potential and energy output.

Vocal duties go to a duo effort with Crewe’s 5-piece Hyde (***), bringing a more hardcore metal sound with different influences here and there. Songs like ‘Beers Galore And Girls On The Floor’ offer the crowd a more fun aspect to the whole heavy sound the night seems to focus on, and vocalists Nath and Shane trade roles swiftly like a married couple. Bassist Tom seems to enjoy going mental and twirling his bass in all different directions, almost taking people like it was a spear. Things go to apocalyptic for the band’s closer ‘There’s No Such Thing As An Outro’, with both vocalists jumping head first into the audience, bassist Tom rolling around the floor and slamming his instrument to the ground, while guitarist Daniel French soon chucking his guitar alongside it.

Another Crewe-based metal band Title Of Injustice (****) are set to finish one of the pub’s final nights off, and though do so with a title of justice. Drummer Mat Capper‘s ability, and the guitar works of Scott Chesworth and Rowan Eason overshadows their ages, and show that even the youngest of musicians can show promise for something in the future. Though not quite as energetic as the frontmen from the previous acts, Shaun Povall still manages to hold his own equipped with his strong vocals. At one point he climbs up on a set of stage speakers before jumping off in front of the small crowd, and gives an unnatural but comforting charisma. The crowd-participating ‘Enemy’ doesn’t draw much of an input from the audience, but none the less reveals a great songwriting ability the band owns.

Maybe not the most packed out of gig nights, and maybe not the most popular or well-kept venues on offer, but the local acts that played there that night have given The Norfolk Inn a send-off it should be more than proud of.

Written by Zach Redrup

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LIVE: Title Of Injustice @ De.Bees, Winsford (28/07/2009)

Date: July 28th, 2008
Venue: De.Bees, Winsford
Support: Laid To Ruin, Heartless, Drederick Tatum

Rating: 8/10

Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/titleofinjustice

Title Of Injustice profile

If you want a surefire way to catch yourself in a moshpit, circle pit, or any sort of pit to that vain really then metal nights are the way to go. With the Cheshire area spawning off these brutal music groups more than rabbits going at it, it’s about time Winsford hosted one.

Tonight’s metal night openers Laid To Ruin (**) have the bare essentials down right; the loud screams and guttural lion growls, the fast galloping guitar riffs, and the heavy and dirty bass and drum combination, but lack the essentials to make them standout from being just ‘another local metal act’. Energy only comes in short little bursts, but when the most prolonged showing of activity comes along it’s in the form of frontman Ryan Nicholls (who we were told after writing this review was replaced that night by a friend of the band due to Ryan being ill) ridiculously smashing his fist (along with his microphone) into the head of what he later describes as a ‘friend’… odd friendship.

Needless to say, this sets an easy place for Heartless (***) to pull off something a little better for the locals. Having more of a hardcore sound as opposed to the more metal focused predecessors, they bring brings from earlier to a slightly new realm. The shortage of band to crowd communication leads to Heartless not getting too much of a reaction from the spectators but all the while still do themselves justice. Their set closer eradicates all of this though, with a member of the audience even jumping on stage and stealing the microphone to sing/scream-a-long.

Things are laid to waste entirely once The Simpsons boxer inspired deathcore novices Drederick Tatum (****) take to the stand. Their humourously titled songs like ‘In My Neighbourhood? I Don’t Think So’ and Friends referenced ‘Joey Doesn’t Share Food’ may at first seem to belie in comedy, but have a core and presence of pure anger, aggression and passion. This is all depicted and showcased through the explosion of frontman Gary Challinor, usually spending more time on the floor and moshing with the crowd and jumping off the stage – clearly giving it his all. What’s more, various members of the band have only just cleared themselves of the currently popular swine flu and still manage an appearance tonight.

High quality metal just keeps rolling on thanks to headliners Title Of Injustice (****). Coming onstage dressed in a Spider-Man costume, vocalist Shaun Povall shows a passion for the music he creates, and a stage presence beyond his years – being probably the youngest frontman to perform tonight. His screams and barks through a set with the likes of ‘Serenade In Smoke’ and ‘Left For Dead’ can put a lot of older local acts to shame. Accompanied by the dual guitar attack of Scott and Roca (who are again both fairly young), the band breathes a promise that sometimes those seen as the students can elevate to become the teacher. Sure, they’re not perfect and getting everything down like a 50p hooker, but a little more time and experience can give them the chance to fix that.

Written by Zach Redrup

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LIVE: DissolvedIn @ De.Bees, Winsford (30/06/2009)

Date: June 30th, 2009
Venue: De.Bees, Winsford
Support: Sgt. Wolfbanger, Meadow View, The Last Alive

Rating: 7/10

Website: www.dissolvedin.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/dissolvedin

DissolvedIn profile

Everyone knows that Download Festival is a monster, and in comparison the De.Bees music bar in Winsford is like that monsters arse stain on its underwear – not in the sense that it’s a terrible rock night, but just not even a scratch upon the experience. Regardless, previous Download headliners of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam tent DissolvedIn are making an appearance in the middle of nowhere. True dedication in their helms.

First in the following of local support acts comes Sgt. Wolfbanger (**) aren’t ones to make too much fuss about. Their sound is for the most part mainstream and their set is relatively tight, but the audience stood before them are distant, bored, and ultimately not that interested the whole time they’re onstage. The band make little to no effort to try and make this any different either, and though they look like they’re enjoying themselves, they lack in their much needed stage presence. Confessing you played a new song wrong last time you performed isn’t too smart of a move either, not that this has any affect on their show.

More energy erupts however when pop-punk 4-piece Meadow View (****) have their turn in the spotlight. The crowd from the predecessors increases two-fold at a minimum and all bring more spring in their steps, with groups of jumping bodies being ever present. Frontman Andi Barlow is a charismatic chap with their fans – old and newly acquired – and their onstage presence is an energetic and fun fusion for all. A few nuts and bolts need to be tightened here and there, but Meadow View are definitely on the right track to becoming a strong and worthy live act.

Things go a little more ambient and progressive in song style with The Last Alive (****). Currently in the middle of a tour across the most part of the country, the band have managed to hone and work on their live shows. Mid-song banter brings elements of comedy between vocalist Rob Scrannage and guitarist Stu Williams, but it’s the songs themselves and the way they’re delivered with that level of passion which brings The Last Alive up step after step. The random belts of harsh vocals make their first appearance of the night with these boys, and songs like ‘Cocaine White’ and ‘This Is Your Escape Route’ reveals an act that’s quality more then precedes their popularity and experience.

After playing to a crowd size more than twelve fold to what they’ve received tonight, it’s a quite a big change from their Download performance just more than a week beforehand. However, Reading’s DissolvedIn (****) march onwards like soldiers and deliver a set just like they would any other night or venue they perform at. Songs like ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’ have that fun pop-punk vibe and prowess to incite a party in anyone’s hearts, and though the reception and feedback in return is far from one these boys deserve they earn respect along with the knowledge to know their set was one to be proud of none the less. They can also remain confident in the fact that they’re probably one of the most popular acts to ever play at the De.Bees music bar, and have shown just why that is.

De.Bees is far from any music festival, but DissolvedIn came out like champs. Still, let’s roll on the next rock night and see what’s in store there.

Written by Zach Redrup

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