It’s been two years since Yashin‘s last UK headline tour. In fact, as Kevin Miles tells us before the show, it’s almost two years to the day that Yashin played a headline show at this very venue, so tonight is a special one. After three long years, Yashin’s third album The Renegades is finally out, and our favourite Scots are here to celebrate with the fans that have been patiently waiting for their return. Some fans have been waiting in the queue five hours before the doors have even opened so you can sense that people are just a little bit excited.
Nonetheless, as is standard some kick ass support bands are here to warm up the crowd. The first to take to The Borderline‘s modest stage are When Our Time Comes whose blend of metal, hardcore and prog, combined with clean vocals from the smiliest metal vocalist we think we’ve ever seen is an intriguing watch. The catchy melodies and emotive vocals are reminiscent of Funeral For A Friend, but with a heavier twist.
Brighton rockers City of Ashes are up next and immediately frontman Orion Powell takes control of the crowd, commanding everyone to put their hands together and party with him. His energy is infectious, and he has such a stage presence that it’s impossible to take your eyes off him, especially as he sprawls across the venue’s fixtures and fittings like a monkey and charges into the crowd. It’s pretty rock’n’roll, and we like it! The songs are definitely bigger than the stage – expect to hear more from these guys soon.
At long last, Yashin arrive on stage and waste no time with formalities, launching straight into the epic ‘Dorothy Gale’. Pits erupt immediately and the screams are almost deafening as the crowd go absolutely nuts. During a brief moment to pause for breath, Harry Radford announces to all that poor Kevin had thrown up moments before coming on stage, yet he still carries on like a trooper. There’s a reason why Yashin have a reputation for being an incredible live band, and it’s largely down to their energy and crowd interaction. This is a band that really feeds off the crowd and makes every single person feel a part of the show, whether they are down at the front or drinking by the bar.
The setlist is a perfect choice, throwing old favourites like ‘Make It Out Alive’ and ‘New Year or New York’ into the mix with newer tracks such as ‘The Renegades’, Yashin’s anthem in dedication to their fans. ‘Play Me’ is a fun highlight, with guitarist Paul Travers killing it on the solos. Emotions run high throughout, with the two singers delivering several from-the-heart speeches in between songs, thanking fans for all their support and declaring that this is all for them, and because of them. ‘Stand Up’ is a particularly special moment for all, as a huge singalong ensues to the chorus ‘Stand up and make yourself count’ which conveys a message that deeply resonates with the crowd. ‘Vultures’ is absolutely stunning live and the breakdown during ‘D.E.A.D’ commands everyone to ‘lose their shit’ which they do with gusto.
The encore sees the band finish on a high with ‘Runaway Train’ and encouraging a stage invasion by pulling fans up to join them, resulting in emotional end to an incredible show. Tonight Yashin have proved that they don’t need a fancy lights show or pyrotechnics to put on an amazing performance, and perfectly demonstrate the magic of a small, intimate show – an experience like no other. We can guarantee that everyone in attendance will be walking away from this little venue tucked away from prying eyes off Tottenham Court Road, knowing full well that they have witnessed something truly special.
The underdogs are back bitches. Yashin are here to stay.