Date: December 2nd, 2011
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: Trash Talk, Defeater, Spycatcher
The Rock Sound Riot Tour rolls into Stoke-On-Trent to grace the Sugarmill with what some may call the best line-up of the entire year. Boasting a roster of Spycatcher (who DP! unfortunately missed), Defeater, Trash Talk and the almighty Every Time I Die topping the bill, it’s bound to be an evening of utter chaos.
Defeater (****) start their set on the beautifully sentimental acoustic number ‘I Don’t Mind’ before ditching the acoustic guitars and ripping into a set that seared with emotion and anger from start to finish. The passion that Derek Archambault and Jay Maas put into their vocals matched with the intensity of the band made their set incredibly intense for a support band. Unfortunately they weren’t that well received by The Sugarmill crowd, with only a handful of people singing the words back at them. The songs from most recent full-length ‘Empty Days & Sleepless Nights’Defeater are.
If Defeater brought intensity through their music, Trash Talk (*****) brought rage, anger and passion just by being on stage. While the crowd had been subdued for Defeater, The Sugarmill floor was parted for a furious bout of two-stepping and windmilling during the Trash Talk set. Vocalist Lee Spielmann abandons his band mates to spend the majority of the set in the crowd, behind the bar and anywhere else but on the stage. The crowd did a lot of extra work on vocals especially for old ‘classics’ such as ‘Walking Disease’, ‘Destroy’ and ‘Sacramento Is Dead’. Playing a set that spanned from early material to tracks such as ‘Blind Evolution’ and ‘Slander’ off their most recent EP, ‘Awake’, Trash Talk cause as much carnage as they could in a short space of time. The Sugarmill is a venue suited well to a band who don’t need much room to kick off.
The crowd could have been tired after the maelstrom of Trash Talk, but the moment Every Time I Die (*****) hit the stage the energy levels in the room peaked massively. Keith Buckley and co. tear through the frantic ‘Apocalypse Now And Then’ and don’t let up the pace from there onwards. Playing songs from ‘Gutter Phenomenon’, ‘Hot Damn’, ‘The Big Dirty’ and ‘New Junk Aesthetic’, there are songs for fans of every era of ETID‘s work.
The magnitude of heaviness of songs like ‘Floater’ and ‘She’s My Rushmore’ sit so well alongside the hookier tracks like ‘The New Black’ and ‘We’rewolf’. The band were constantly interesting to watch, with Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams pulling off ridiculous stage moves without missing a note as a highlight for all. Every Time I Die even treat the Stoke crowd to an airing of new single, the brilliantly titled ‘Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space’, which leaves everyone slack jawed. Finishing on the huge ‘No Son Of Mine’, Every Time I Die walks off the stage leaving everyone wanting more.
Without a doubt the line-up of the year and one of the craziest shows to go through The Sugarmill all of 2011. This one will be talked about for a long time to come.
Written by Josh Peett