LIVE: Yashin @ The Underground, Stoke-on-Trent (03/10/2010)

Date: October 3rd, 2010
Venue: The Underground, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: Fallen Inquest, The Hiding Place
Website: None available


Hailing from Scotland, post-hardcore 6-piece Yashin have got the dual vocalist method down pretty tight, a method they’ve displayed successfully in the slightly more mainstream than previous releases debut album ‘Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them’. The best way to describe them would probably be a Scottish version of The Blackout, but with one of Yashin‘s members originating from America. With almost a year since the release of their debut, what better way to send off the year and the album one last time than with a UK headline tour?

Opening local support Fallen Inquest (*) are definitely on the heavier spectrum of Yashin‘s properties of sound. They get the crowed pumped and active very early on, but don’t confuse this with them being a great live band. The vocals are where the 4-piece fall on the ground head first the hardest, resorting to insufferable inhales that in technique and longevity are bland and just a bit rubbish. Instrumentally things are little better, though many of their riffs sound incredibly similar to ones from other successful generic heavy metal bands with slight tweaks and rehashing. Hopefully due to their young age there’s much time and realisation for improvement.

The Hiding Place (***) take on the light side of Yashin‘s music spectrum, and in all honestly sound a little out of place for the band that they’re supporting and definitely from the band that preceeded them, with their indie rock with punk tinges not really being akin. Regardless their set manages to get a few heads bopping and bodies shaking in the mainly metalhead filled crowd, mainly during Echo & The Bunnymen cover ‘The Killing Moon’. Frontman Dominic Webber‘s vocals are harmonious yet have a crunch with the harder moments of their set, and even helps to calm down what was almost a fight in the crowd during their set. It’d be nice to see them on a bill of bands along with a crowd more compatible with their style to see their full potential.

It’s obvious who the crowd are really here for when Scotland’s newest post-hardcore export Yashin (****) come onstage. Despite the tour even being named after their record, the 6-piece stick mainly to their heavier and older material like ‘The First Rule Of Fight Club’ and ‘Dirty Slut’, because the Stoke crowd “love the heavier shit” as vocalist Kevin Miles rightfully states. And love it they do, often dragging down vocalist Harry Radford into the crowd’s suspending hands. New album tracks ‘Friends In High Places’ and ‘Black Summer’ also make an appearance, and get sing-a-longs along with mosh pit mess into one. Encore ‘Tonight We Dance’ sees the Stoke audience going all out one last time, with Kevin up on one side of the stage’s stacked speakers and Harry crowd surfing whilst singing the final words “I’m drowning / I’m drowning in a pool of tears again”.

It’s nights like this that show the ever growing strength and potential that Yashin are carrying for themselves, and sincerely sets them up as a future UK post-hardcore representative that’s more than capable of attaining the same ranks as The Blackout.

Written by Zach Redrup

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