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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


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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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LIVE: Finch @ The Sugarmill, Stoke (11/11/2008)

Date: November 11th, 2008
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: DissolvedIn, Shadows Chasing Ghosts

Rating: 7/10


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Bands split up all of the time, whether it be a highly profilic band, one only just breaking onto the scene, or even just a small club band. When Finch announced their split back in 2006, many fans felt the void that the post-hardcore group imprinted for the genre since their establishment and rise in 2002. Now it’s November 2008, and after their reform last year they’re back on UK soil again, showing just why we should give a fuck when a band of their calibur leaves the spotlight.

Opening band DissolvedIn (***) are the closest neighbours to Stoke on tonight’s bill, hailing from the Reading area. Though their a young band and there’s room for some improvement, DissolvedIn‘s pop-punk offerings are ones that have the forumla to entice some serious dancing, warm-up the crowd, and ignite some energy for what the audience are to endure for the rest of the evening. They put the effort in onstage too, with bassist Jamie acting like a toddler overdosed on Lucozade all over the stage, and frontman Dan bouncing and prowling around during Blink 182 cover ‘Pathetic’. They’ve laid their foundations as a band, but just need that extra push to take it to further and better places.

Ten minutes or so after they’ve cleared up, Shadows Chasing Ghosts (***) take it a level higher in terms of heaviness, producing a sound somewhat similar to the previous act of the night, but with the inclusion of beatdowns and harsh vocal work. Vocalist Trey Tremain bobs up and down throughout most of the set whilst screaming and singing from the top of his lungs, and guitarists Matt Jones and Rich Jones compliment one another’s efforts effectively. The odd full-body swing of a guitar is thrown in here and there for good measure too, just to improve the visual factor of their performance. It seems though that maybe a bit more effort could be made for encouraging crowd participation, with the random appearance of the band’s manager shoving a microphone into the crowd doing little to nothing extra then before.

It’s clear from the chants since Shadows Chasing Ghosts disappeared who the crowd have come to see – Finch (****). From the moment they take to the stage ’til the second they walk off, they kick in to song after song pulled-off flawlessly. You can tell they’ve been greatly missed – and greatly thanked for their reformation – the crowd setting off mosh pit after mosh pit like terrorist detonations blowing up. The post-hardcore superstars are ones to get involved with the crowd a little bit too, with Randy Strohmeyer standing on the crowd rail and falling onto the crowd on one or two occassions, and vocalist Nate Barcalow pacing in every possible area of the stage. A man of very few words, Nate rarely introduces any song on the setlist, and hands out the occassional “Thanks” to the audience, but from just watching you can see the emotion he pours into the songs. They have a comical side within them too, as Randy and Nate return after a short encore singing the infamous ‘Day-O’ song, before kicking back into the rest of their set. ‘What It Is To Burn’ finishes their set off perfectly, after having many shout-outs across the whole night for them to play it. The mosh pits become a complete frenzy, with the fans along with the band givingi it their all before the returned Finch leave the stage, and Stoke for the evening.

Written by Zach Redrup

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