LIVE: Of Mice & Men @ NQ Live, Manchester (12/10/2012)

Date: October 12th, 2012
Venue: NQ Live, Manchester
Support: Secrets / Memphis May Fire
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The sometimes opinion polarising label Rise Records have been known to have their own ‘Rise Tour’ come across to the UK the past few years, exporting over to us some of their up-and-coming talent hosted on their roster. This time around, they have Of Mice & Men leading the charge along with some label mates, to see how they all fair on British shores.

Openers Secrets (**) are newcomers to the UK circuit and, judging from the reaction of the crowd, they’re more popular than most would think. Their performance questions why this is the case though. Whilst the band were indeed engaging, their huge flaw lied in the dire live vocals of frontman Xander Bourgeois, whose screams at times sounded like he was coughing up a hair ball.

Memphis May Fire (****) kick things up a notch or two and the room does so with them. Sweat begins to drip profusely from the NQ Live ceiling and pits start to erupt to the likes of ‘Prove Me Right’ and ‘The Unfaithful’. Frontman Matty Mullins knows how to work up a crowd, and at moments his cleans and screams sound almost better than they do on record.

It’s obvious, however, that once Of Mice & Men (***) take to the stage, they’re the main reason for the sold out venue of fans before them. Vocalist Austin Carlisle demands more and more from the sweat box of people, and they provide willingly. Chug after chug delivers blow after blow of intensity, and newer offerings like ‘The Depths’ and ‘The Flood’ sound pretty massive. There’s a sense that MMF, however, still out performed their headlining counterparts, though the huge chorus chant for set closer ‘Second & Seabring’ is more than a pleasure to be a part of.

Following the set of Rise Records band, whether you’re a fan or not, everyone in attendance (myself included) are certainly in need of some good breakdown recovery from copious chug attacks.

Written by Zach Redrup