Underoath + mewithoutYou @ o2 Institute, 6th May, 2017

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American Rock band mewithoutYou took to the stage as the only support for Underoath tonight. They were very enigmatic initially with Aaron Weiss’ echoey voice and the building intensity of their opener ‘Torches Together’. Their style consists of mainly spoken vocals with drums, bass and guitar playing in the background freely; the result is generally quite indie.

‘Red Cow’ was an interesting one for me, from their latest 2015 album ‘Pale Horses’; a slow burning tune plodding along with a nice guitar riff placed inbetween the increasingly agressive and shouty lyrics. Had the song been conceived with power chords, possibly some djenting and blast beats then I would be describing to you a metal masterpiece but alas the instruments were reserved yet again; if anything giving Aaron’s vocals a more of a direct nature.

The band slowly transcended from indie to their post-hardcore roots with older songs such as ‘Bullet to Binary’; which more closely resembles the headline bands style. Aggressive and energetic with edgy guitar refrains; the bass and drums hitting their rhythm and it all coming together as one.

They were something different and mostly enjoyed by fans who were inside the venue. It’s quite refreshing to hear something unique in todays era.

Underoath

Underoath took to the stage in energetic fashion. Their setlist was a staggering 19 songs long and it consisted of 9 from ‘They’re Only Chasing Safety’ (2004) and 10 from ‘Define the Great Line’ (2006); the first two albums in which the current singer for the band Spencer Chamberlain performed on and gained certified gold for both.

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‘Young and Aspiring’ opened up their set and we saw instant circle pit action. The band’s energetic nature couldn’t be faulted, Spencer, the drummer Aaron Gillespie and even the Keyboardist Christopher Dudley all never really stopped moving. They followed with ‘A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black and White’, ‘The Impact of Reason’ and ‘Reinventing Your Exit’; all went down a treat with the fans.

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Their style can be described as post-hardcore in it’s truest form; a nice mix of screaming and clean vocals with guitar work that is more punky than metal and keyboards adding a spacey dimension.  Comparisons can be made with blessthefall with their sad lyrics and aggressive lyrics shifts. ‘Reinventing Your Exit’ was notable for me, a song I really enjoyed seeing live and the song could have easily been a rock/punk rock song had it not been for the beautiful bursts of screamed lyrics throughout giving the song more emotion and depth.

Spencer took time after performing a few songs to thank the fans for greeting them in a positive manner, praising the energy in the room and admitting it calmed his nerves.

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‘It’s A Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door’ saw the crowd find their voices in full force, one of the highlights of the night being the entire crowd chant ‘I’m drowning in my sleep’ over and over again towards the end. ‘I Don’t Feel Very Receptive Today’ featured some impressive screaming from Spencer. ‘I’m Content With Loosing’ continued the subject matter of change and relationships as did ‘Some Will Seek Forgiveness’, with love and acceptance being key themes.

Songs from the newer album ‘Define the Great Line’ went down equally well amongst the fans, ‘You’re Ever So Inviting’ was a nice one for the fans to sing-a-along too and ‘Writing on the Walls’ gave us the nice ground-crunching ‘We Walk Alone’ breakdown. At this point their style reminded me more of old Enter Shikari, nice snappy drums and the different vocals intertwining nicely.

‘To Whom It May Concern’ saw them see their set out and it was a triumph of a set from Underoath tonight. Very rarely you see a post-hardcore band from the states come to the UK, perform songs released 10 years ago and get the reception they have tonight. It’s been a night of nostalgia for the fans, reliving their emo high school days and having a great time doing it.

They will always have a place in the post-hardcore history books.

 

Review and Photography: Neale Hayes

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