It’s Bonfire Night, and on this special night Jilly’s Music Box is packed to the brim with scene/emo kids gearing up to see metalcore 5-piece Bring Me The Horizon.
The first support band, The Mourning Will Follow (***), kick things off. The crowd aren’t reacting too much, but you can tell that they’re into what the band are playing. They’ve got the same formula down that most bands in their genre can generate, so though they’re unoriginal they aren’t poor onstage. Second support Clone The Fragile (***) from Leeds have a few new songs on the table, and bring the crowd throwing in the first few moshpits of the night; from a distance all that can be seen are flying arms from the small pit up front.
It’s not long before Centurion have a turn in showing the kids their stuff, with a chugging riff chucked in here and a double bass drum beat there, the kids create further mosh pits and become progressively more violent. As soon as the show started it’s all over for the small acts; the main juggernaught of the night is here, ‘the big one’. Oli Sykes and the boys of Bring Me The Horizon (***) are here to show everyone how it’s done.
Set opener ‘A Lot Like Vegas’ instantly sends the crowd crazy; fans are singing every word back to the band, bodies are flying and crowding surfing everywhere. It’s a moshing frenzy, equipped with plenty of long straight fringes and camo clothing. By the time they reach one of the bands more popular songs, ‘RE: They Have No Reflections’, the whole room is like a safari gone wild. Oli is a great showman, and jumping around getting the audience to sing back to him. He offers the microphone to the crowd and as they scream back the line “I hate all my… friends!” it’s obvious that everyone here tonight is having a good time. Despite this fact, it seems the band aren’t putting their full effort in, and just a bit like they’re just playing song after song to end the show as soon as they can.
Either way, the atmosphere made by the fans and the music the band are pumping from the speakers is great, and everything kicks up in time for show closer ‘For Stevie Wonder’s Eyes Only’, and you can tell this is not a show you come across everyday; a great bonfire night for everyone present, though could have been much better.
Written by Zach Redrup