Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.

Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.

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Sandwiched between tours of Australia and mainland Europe, the Bury Tomorrow Runes tour kicked off in Birmingham tonight, and by the queues outside the venue it would appear that plenty of people were keen to see what the boys from the South Coast had in store.  The queue did have a rather eclectic feel being a combination of those keen for an evening of metalcore and those waiting to see 80’s punk hero Toyah, both sets of fans experiencing a significant wait to get through the doors due to a delay caused by a sound check over run.

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As I made it into the main room of the Institute, Slaves were just finishing their opening set and I was surprised at the amount of the crowd that were singing back and the amount of movement they created from the already packed crowd. When travelling most of us bring back trinkets and mementos, and it seems that Bury Tomorrow are no different, though rather than stuffed koalas and kangaroos from their recent stint in Australia they decided to fill their hand luggage with a couple of pretty decent support bands, the first of which being In Hearts Wake.  Their melodic metalcore received a great reception from the crowd, who lapped up every booming breakdown and willingly complied with lead singer Jake Taylor’s request for a wall of death.

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Hands Like Houses were a real unexpected treat, bringing an extra dimension to the evening; their music incorporating an electronic feel with fresh sounding riffs and a great vocal performance by frontman Trenton Woodley. Unfortunately, the lack of heavy, did seem to lose a few of those in the crowd who were apparently only there for the breakdowns and pitting.  A real shame as Hands Like Houses do bring a uniqueness that’s often lacking in the metalcore (Rise Records) genre and one that came across very well tonight.

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As the stage was rebuilt for the headline set the crowd were treated to a pretty eccentric playlist including the likes of Taylor Swift, Vengaboys, Nicki Minaj, Lou Bega, Coolio and even an audio rendition of ‘Shrek Is Love’ (if you don’t know it, look it up at your peril), all of which actually seemed to go down surprisingly well.

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Bury Tomorrow set out as they meant to go on, smashing out their opening track, Man On Fire from the top of their impressive ego risers and from the outset the crowd response was huge.  Their tight performance immediately screamed of a band that’s spent time out on the road and allayed any thoughts that the Aus trip jetlag may still be an issue. Vocals were as impressive as ever; the power of Dani Winter-Bates balanced by Jason Cameron, who offers up some of the best clean vocals in the genre. Highlights of the set included ‘Watchers’, ‘Of Glory’ and ‘Sceptres’, the latter being introduced as the heaviest song the band has ever written and dedicated to everyone out there alive but barely living.

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Before leaving the stage for the alleged end of their set Dani reminded the audience that it’s all part of the game and there would be more to come, the crowd played along calling out for more, allowing Bury Tomorrow to retake the stage, kicking back off with You & I. Before their actual final song, Dani took a seat on his ego riser and dedicated the evening to everyone that is part of team BT and to anyone that has had their back from the start, the reaction for ‘Lionheart’ almost took the roof off the Institute.

If, like some say, metalcore is dead, then Bury Tomorrow and the bands out with them are either in full on denial or they’re having a bloody good time at the wake. Personally, I think that Bury Tomorrow clearly demonstrate that the genre still has plenty to offer.

 

Bury Tomorrow Set List:

Man On Fire

Royal Blood

An Honorable Reign

Garden Of Thorns

Knight Life

Her Bones

Anything With Teeth

Our Gift

Watcher

Sceptres

The Torch

Of Glory

 

You & I

Lionheart

 

Review and Photographs: Steve Kilmister

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