Venue: White Rabbit, Plymouth
Date: 26th February 2011
So, probably the most random line up I have seen for a while. Don Broco, one of my favourite UK bands were supposed to headline the White Rabbit tonight but a mix up now meant they were first on the bill with some hardcore metal? This was going to be interesting to say the least!
I loved how it was half past six in the evening and the White Rabbit was rammed. Don Broco really have a large following in Plymouth now, with most of the crowd sporting their famous ‘Sexy Girls Come Up To Me T-Shirts’. As expected, a cracking set list with new songs ‘Beautiful Morning’ and ‘Top of the World’ being personal favourites and a good mix of old classics such as ‘Thug Workout’ whacked in there too. These boys never seem to disappoint me, ever!
Lead vocalist, Rob Damiani, sounds a little strained tonight but lets be honest, who’s voice would not be tired after singing practically every night for the past two weeks. Never the less, they still sound awesome. Rob is modelling a ‘Dead Poets’ t-shirt which I find a surprise from his normal attire. What happened to the brightly coloured vests Rob?
Carnage erupts during their last track of the night ‘Dreamboy’, as they ask fans to get on their friends shoulder for a wall of death. At this point you can imagine where I was stood, at the bar where it was safe!
An entertaining performance by Bedford’s finest and I look forward to coming across them at a festival this year. Well done lads!
Your Demise are not exactly to my taste to be perfectly honest with you. I do like to surprise myself though, and after witnessing them at last years Download Festival, and realising they are actually pretty good, I couldn’t resist seeing them when they were playing only 20 minutes down the road.
Every hardcore show at White Rabbit is always absolutely nuts. The last show, while watching Every Time I Die, I remember feeling genuinely scared of being booted in the face. The kids here are actually mental, throwing themselves off the stage and climbing all over the amps and equipment. Some even hang from the lighting on the ceiling. I think mental to be an understatement if I am perfectly honest.
With a set list consisting of tracks from their new album ‘The Kids We Used To Be’ and some classics crowd pleasers from ‘Ignorance Never Dies’, Your Demise sound as tight and as brutal as ever tonight.
Shooting their new video ‘Life of Luxury’ at tonight’s show, you could tell that every single person in the crowd tonight wanted to have a glimpse of themselves in it .As expected the crowd were in a frenzy with crowd surfing and revellers mounting the stage and going wild. The band seemed to love it and it was definitely entertaining to watch, to say the least.
Track of the night was definitely closing track ‘Burnt Tongues’. I actually braved into the pit at this point as I really do love this song. Its angry vocals from leading man Ed McRae were amazing. He replaces former front man George Noble perfectly, and really does overwhelm his audience with his talent.
A brilliant evening had by all I think. The bands, the fans and the staff of the White Rabbit (who also got involved with some of the mosh pits may I add) really set the place on fire. Brilliant!
Reviewer: Steph Knight
Photographer: Andrew Ford