Gig Review

The Eastpack Antidote Tour
A Day To Remember, August Burns Red
Manchester Academy 1
15th November 2011

A Day To Remember           August Burns Red             

While children were still in school and I was planning my evening Living With Lions were taking to the stage at the incredulously early time of 6.45 and shortly after them The Ghost Inside played to a undoubtedly empty venue. Seriously guys half your target audience is eating their mother made tea and drinking some Red Bull so they can stay up past their bed-times and not be tired for Maths in the morning; if you’re reading, obviously you are, then sort it out.

Luckily me and my guest strolled in casually late and were immediately stopped by a wall of soppy, stinking, incredibly sweaty teenagers, all wearing vests emblazoned with logos of bands I had never heard of, we did however get to the bar with ease; silver lining.

As with previous years the Eastpack tour combines the latest musical prodigies with hardened scene favourites; the two headlining bands this evening manage to convincingly portray themselves as the latter and to say anything otherwise would offend ever youngster in attendance which I don’t have the heart to do for they are a passionate bunch.

As August Burns Red take the stage and frenetically whip and scream their way through their set the packed crowd, like baying wolves, are chanting and moshing in unison. Frontman Jack Luhrs has everyone eating out of the palm of his hand as he requests for circle pits, more jumping, and much to securities dismay crowd surfing—hateful, hateful man. Immediately tops are off, legs are in the air, and faces are being kicked; none of it sounds fun, but when hundreds upon hundreds of people are doing this in unison it is a sight like no other. August Burns Red are a talented live band, whether you’re a metalcore fan or not, they bring with them a sense of purposeful euphoria.

Their breakdowns, meaty bass, and power drumming all bring with them a certain charm, but complete with decent roaring it’s the whole pretty package that makes them the band they are. Slightly more mature than you might expect and slightly heavier than the name suggests August Burns Red are most definitely a band worth watching and easily the band of the evening; but you know I only saw half the gig so I would go making banners yet.

With massive deafening cheers and the music from something called Final Fantasy FloridiansA Day To Remember take their turn at pleasing Manchester, but their twee Pop-Metal makes for a gig to forget—sorry, couldn’t help myself.

They crank out all their biggest hits from “The Danger in Starting a Fire,” to newer single, “Better Off This Way,” and “If It Means A Lot To You,” which is one of their best songs of the evening. The problem with A Day To Remember isn’t their sound—which isn’t great anyway—but their over rehearsed, frankly boring performance style which sees them strutting around the stage occasionally shouting something at the adoring fans. Even a swathe of balloons descending from above the heads of fans and incessantly being batted around, and popped at lightning speed, can’t make this band interesting. They’re just trying too hard. Right on queue they whack out the acoustic numbers for the encore; which causes hypnotic silence amongst the giddy; it’s the best way they could end a mediocre show.

Nobody will remember them today and nobody will be talking about this year’s Eastpack tour being one of the great line-ups, but it wasn’t all that bad, it was brimming with kids who love these bands with every pore and when watching the bands didn’t quite cut it the audience sure make fine viewing.

August Burns Red 3.5/5
A Day To Remember 2.5/5

Review By Lauren Mullineaux

 A Day To Remember

Neil Westfall
Joshua Woodard
Jeremy McKinnon
Kevin Skaff
Alex Shelnutt

 August Burns Red

Jake Luhrs
JB Brubaker
Brent Rambler
Dustin Davidson
Matt Greiner

 Band Related Links
A Day To Remember MySpace
August Burns Red Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?