LIVE: Your Demise @ The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent (09/10/2011)

Date: October 9th, 2011
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: Eager Teeth, Spy Catcher, letlive.


Undeniably, The Sugarmill isn’t the biggest venue around, so the fact that there weren’t any barriers put up for this show gives some sort of indication to the carnage that could occur throughout the the few hours following the doors opening, especially with the line-up composing this tour run.

Almost unknown openers Eager Teeth (***) provide a more melodic punk opening for the evening, and have definitely been given a prime offer to expand their fanbase to an effective scale. Spy Catcher (***) follow with a similar vibe and execution, bringing in little parts of synth here and there in tracks like ‘Remember Where You Were When Michael Jackson Died’ and ending with the catchy ‘Don’t Like People’.

A large proportion of the hysteria in the room has to be accredited to the brilliant letlive. (*****). There aren’t many bands out there that would want to go head to head with this band in a live setting. From the beginning to the end of the set it was like watching a crazy emotional drama unfold in front of your eyes, with front man Jason Butler playing both protagonist and antagonist, perfectly filling the hero and villain role. There aren’t many people around nowadays who are so perfect at what they do which is why letlive. stand out so much. The band were completely solid behind him, but Butler stole the show start to finish.

By the time Your Demise (*****) hit the stage they simply had to turn up to win the already frenetic crowd. The band have made a colossal rise in popularity recently, and this will undoubtedly have something to do with their massively impressive live show. It’s completely refreshing to see a band give as much as they do, and from the moment they ripped into opener ‘MMX’ the whole Sugarmill went completely off their nut.

Tonight was 100% about Your Demise and what they can do to a small, barrier-less venue. From the very first verse of the first song there were bodies flying through the air, people stomping around the floor like nothing else mattered and – above everything else – a vibe that everyone was having fun. The sound quality for the band was spot on, and every breakdown and riff hit hard and with perfect clarity. Dropping ‘Burnt Tongues’ midway through the set prompted a stage invasion so large that the band had to stop to evict people, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of anyone and the carnage continued until the closing notes of ‘The Kids We Used To Be’.

As anyone who had the pleasure to witness this show will say, Your Demise are one of the best live bands out there, no question.

Written by Josh Peett