Gig Review

The Word Alive
I See Stars, DayShell
Birmingham, Academy 3
2nd December 2013

The Word Alive              I See Stars                  DayShell

The Southern Californian band DayShell is the brainchild of Shayley Bourget who formed the trio upon leaving Of Mice and Men in 2012 in which he was the bassist/clean vocalist. DayShell joined Sumerian Records on 9 April 2013 following the success of their first single which was released digitally and there seems to be no stopping their meteoric rise within the metalcore world. Parting company with the former band to step out on his own has proved to be an excellent decision as his haunting vocals, reminiscent of the likes of The Deftones and Incubus, cut through the masking of heavy guitars producing an original sound which has gained the band a large fanbase. Bourget writes with an honest intensity that connects with people and this shows in the reaction from the crowd at the Academy 3 tonight.

Hailing from Warren, Michigan, I See Stars followed DayShell’s brilliant first set and did not disappoint. The band’s mix of electro, techno, dub-step and post-hardcore sound got the crowd buzzing from the moment the drummer came on stage to kick things off. The clean melodic vocals of Devin Oliver balance out the angry stylings of Zach Johnson to produce a fresh, unique sound. I See Stars have gained legions of new fans in the last year or so following their North American tour with Black Veil Brides and have recently released their fourth full-length album ‘New Demons’ which was well received by the crowd tonight.

The headline act, The Word Alive, burst onto stage with ‘Wretched’ to follow up a brilliant set from I See Stars, much to the crowd’s delight. The Phoenix natives have been on the metalcore scene since their formation in 2008 albeit with several changes of band members over the last five years including a change in lead singer to Tyler ‘Telle’ Smith. Their sound is rough and heavy with bone-crushing guitar rhythms accompanied by aggressive vocals from Telle who never stops still on stage – pacing around like a caged tiger. The Lifecycles album is currently being promoted by the band before the release of a new album scheduled for Spring 2014 and tracks featured at tonight’s show from the album included ‘Dragon Spell’ and ‘Evolution’ before the band finished with the title track Life Cycles as their encore which went down a storm.

Dayshell 3/5
I See Stars 4/5
The Word Alive 3/5

Review By Claire Whlepton

 The Word Alive

Tony Pizzuti
Tyler "Telle" Smith
Zack Hansen
Daniel Shapiro
Luke Holland

 I See Stars

Devin Oliver
Jeff Valentine
Brent Allen
Andrew Oliver
Jimmy Gregerson
Zach Johnson


Shayley Dayshell Bourget
Raul Martinez
Jordan Wooley

 Band Related Links
The Word Alive Facebook
I See Stars Facebook
DayShell Facebook
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?