Review: Heart In Hand: Only Memories Tour MMXII @ Liberties In Town, Middlesbrough - Monday, 20th February 2012
OLD REVIEW DATED 21ST FEBRUARY 2012.
- Heart In Hand
- Against The Flood
First up on the stage were Foundations, who had just the night before released the new Deceived EP, which everyone was excited to hear live without a doubt!
They came to stage and opened up the gig with a really blistering set which included new songs such as ‘Deceived’ and ‘Revival’ which were just outstanding! Also performed was an older song, which was the first to feature current vocalist Josh, ‘The Light In Me’, which people just lost it to.
The set was performed with excellence and precision without question, and on top of that, both guitarists and bassist, now all using a wireless guitar system, joined Josh on the venue floor and got involved with the crowd which personally was a performance highlight of the night.
Foundations put on an excellent show, played phenomenally and are without a doubt, the best representation of the Hardcore music scene in Teesside!
Next up on the bill were Horizons, who personally I was unfamiliar with, and judging from the initial crowd reaction during the first song or two, were also unfamiliar with, but that didn’t stop frontman and vocalist, James Maxwell, from going wild, letting loose and pulling the crowd to him with a real, ‘if you don’t come to me, i’ll go to you’ attitude, which is something from the start of the set that I loved and is one of the things that metal and hardcore music are about.
Their set was performed brilliantly, each member has great musicianship and the vocals were top form, I couldn’t flaw their set at all, but I think my personal highlight was that one new song, ‘An Extract’, which was more of a ballad compared to the rest of their brutal hardcore-tinged metalcore set, which I thought was excellent as it added more diversity to the set and another highlight being the human pyramid which was great fun!
Third on the bill were Against The Flood, who seemed to be the odd band out on this tour, sounding more like a metal band rather than a hardcore band, but as far as I’m concerned, I loved that, as a tour with diversity, this being an example, is a more exciting tour rather than a tour with 4-5 bands that are just copy & paste.
They came to stage and started their set and everything was performed brilliantly and with great energy and they had a really good and exciting stage presence, but it wasn’t until about half way through the set that they had seemed to win over the Middlesbrough crowd and start to get involved, but despite this though, the entire band gave an excellent set and the song ‘Left With Us’ sounded unreal! I personally can’t wait to see this band again but on more of a playing field suited to them.
Headline openers, Demoraliser, took to the stage, and you could just see how the crowd gathered around the stage, that this was the band that people wanted to lose their shit to! They played a blistering set, the crowd went wild, there was stage-diving, mic grabbing and it was just insane, the energy levels by both the band and the crowd were just off the roof!
Songs, ‘Bitter Springs’ and ‘Checkmate’ sounded roof-breaking and the amount of people who dog-piled to attempt to grab the mic was excellent! Everyone had fun and went nuts. End of.
Headliners, Heart In Hand, take to the stage and again, people flurry to the stage ready to go insane, frontman Charlie Holmes, took to the mic and demanded that the noise levels go up and by hell they did! And again, this set was just furious, the energy levels were off the roof, stage-divers were on the job again and there was plenty of mic grabbing and ’Only Memories’ was phenomenal. Definitely a song of the night!
The entire set was performed with excellence, everyone had a blast and my wallet got sent flying across and around the room. Good fun!
Every member has great musicianship and an excellent, energetic live performance and every single person loved their set without question! It was amazing!
This gig, this night wasn’t just about the music and unreal lineup, it was about a celebration for being the last ever gig at Liberties In Town and by god, it was a good sendoff! Everyone came down, had fun and the atmosphere was excellent!
Despite there being a few minor technical problems, every single band and all of their members performed with pure excellence and put on a phenomenal show so thank you, Heart In Hand, Demoraliser, Against The Flood, Horizons and Foundations. It was a sick night!
And if you have never heard of any of these bands out, go check them, you will not be disappointed !