Gig Review

Yashin, All Forgotten
Manchester, Club Academy
8 th December 2010

Emarosa                     Yashin               All Forgotten
Since releasing their debut EP Transitions late last year, bands have been falling over themselves to tour with tonight’s openers All Forgotten. Infusing the pop-punk readiness of You Me At Six and the slightly more hardcore edge of new kids on the block Deaf Havana, it’s easy to see why AF are so well received by tonight’s audience. Songs from the aforementioned EP go down a storm, yet it’s their new songs that really excite; All Forgotten are definitely a very interesting prospect for 2011.

Hailing from Scotland (via America), Yashin are a much talked about band set to take the screamo world by storm, and after tonight’s performance their reputation remains intact. Incredible musicianship and onstage acrobatics seem to be the two main components of their set. The only thing that lets Yashin down tonight is the slightly embarrassing, ADHD-like antics of dual front men Harry Radford and Kevin Miles. Maybe this is part of the package, and it certainly doesn’t detract from the music, but love them or hate them, expect to hear a lot more from Yashin in the near future.

Jonny Craig is somewhat of a cult hero. Having fronted bands such as Dance Gavin Dance, Isles & Glaciers and now Emarosa, he is adored by many. Tonight sees Emarosa play to a packed out Club Academy, fans of all associated acts have come together to create an elite, hardcore contingent of ‘in-the-know’ people.

Opening with ‘The Past Should Stay Dead’ was a predictable start, but pleasing nonetheless and immediately the crowd is whipped into shape. Following this, Emarosa storm through an incredible set showcasing tracks from both albums Relativity and the self-titled, Emarosa. A particular favourite being ‘A Toast To The Future Kids!’ which features on the latter release. If you thought it sounded good on CD, trust me, it sounds sublime in a live setting.

With so many bands to juggle between them, one thing that is surprising is just how tight Emarosa are as a live act. Tonight their set is faultless, a sentiment that can be backed up by the hundreds of people that gathered to see them. Craig’s voice is incomprehensibly good, and as is the nature of these things, the rest of the band could quite easily become merely a backing band. Thankfully this is not the case with Emarosa, each member is worthy of praise after tonight’s show; truly amazing.

All Forgotten – 4/5
Yashin – 3/5
Emarosa – 5/5

Review By Ben Connell


Will Sowers
Jonny Craig
ER White
Jonas Ladekjaer
Jordan Stewart
Lukas Koszewski


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 Band Related Links
Emarosa Myspace
Yashin Myspace
All Forgotten Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?