Opening the show for Dropout Kings this evening were local supports A Titan, A Deity and Overthrone, who had both bought a sizeable audience with them to fill the venue up early and get the crowd in the mood for the show later that evening.
Acting as main support were UK metalcore/hip hop band Borders, who are in place as support for the whole of Dropout Kings UK tour. A great choice of support ahead of the evening’s headliners, the band leaned into the heavier aspects of Dropout Kings sound whilst also highlighting their hip hop influences. They were very well received due to their fantastic choice of support akin to the headliners sound and are clearly are building a name for themselves on the local touring circuit.
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona in the USA, Dropout Kings debut UK headline tour found it’s way to The Flapper in Birmingham on Thursday evening and they seemingly brought a bumper and enthusiastic crowd with
them. An imposing live force of five members (a guitarist was seemingly missing), the band blasted through a range of tracks from both their GlitchGang and AudioDope records. Having two vocalists meant that the
energy never dipped, with both flinging themselves around the venue in a cooking pot of energy. Supported by a live guitarist, bassist and
drummer the sound was fantastically full and heavy to perfectly translate the bands brand of nu-metal.
From the Linkin Park echoes of ‘Virus’ to the more hip hop influenced ‘Hey Uh’ and ‘Glitch Gang’, the mixed crowd clearly reflected the bands mix of sounds and influences. A fantastic melding that many bands have perhaps done before, such as the aforementioned Linkin Park, Hactivist, Enter Shikari etc, wets the appetite for a style of music that many crowds in this country seem to lap up.
Clearly building a fan base over in this country and across Europe, a high profile support tour would be fantastic for the band in my opinion for them to graduate to larger venues in the near future. And I for one will certainly be front and centre once they do.
Feature photograph courtesy of PR
Review by: Dan Earl