Date: February 13th, 2015
Venue: Y Plas, Cardiff University Students Union, Cardiff
Support: We Are the In Crowd, Young Guns, Bury Tomorrow, Beartooth
The Kerrang! Tour is an annual extravaganza featuring rocks rising stars, with a bill more varied than any other – except maybe Warped Tour. While this year’s tour may not match up to last year which hosted legends Limp Bizkit, it instead showcased the best new talent from both the UK and the States.
Beartooth (****) were the biggest surprise of the night as they whipped the crowd up into a frenzy with their massive choruses that make the band stand out above other metalcore bands and showed the band have a promising future.
Southampton metalcore mob Bury Tomorrow (***) packed as much punch as openers Beartooth, but the choruses didn’t quite have the same power as they could have. They still got the crowd moving with songs from Runes and The Union of Crowns, but interrupted them as front man Daniel Winter-Bates went on a rant about paid-for meet & greets.
If it wasn’t for the fact Young Guns (****) only played three songs, they could have blown all the other bands off the stage. The new songs showed that their next album Ones and Zeroes (out June 8th) will be well worth the wait, while closer Bones proved that although they’ve been away for a while, they’re still just as good as they ever were.
Tay Jardine might be small, but she was full of energy as she and her band mates in We Are In Crowd (****) stormed through their set. The pop-punkers played through the hits from both latest album Weird Kids and debut Best Intentions as they got the whole crowd singing-a-long. The duel vocals from Tay and guitarist Jordan Eckes worked really well as they got the crowd to jump up and down throughout a thoroughly enjoyable show.
British rockers Don Broco (*****) might be considered and interesting choice to headline the tour, especially considering they have less material than all the other bands on the bill apart from openers Beartooth – but after a hit fuelled set there is no doubt that the band were the ones to do it. Money Power Fame opened the set to a roaring crowd and kept the energy up all through the performance. Some of their lesser known tracks such as Fancy Dress and Back In The Day were treated with the same response as their biggest hits; while they took a trip down memory lane to their show in the smaller venue here with Beautiful Morning and Thug Workout – the only song in the world that has the crowd doing push ups in the pit. New songs from their currently untitled second album such as Fire, Automatic and Superlove showed the crowd that Don Broco are only getting better and they’ll be back soon to even bigger crowds. Priorities and You Wanna Know closed the show with the legendary walk and the crowd nearly drowning out the band they were singing so loud.
Written by Rhys Hawke (@thatsmetweeting)