At first glance tonight’s line up is an odd one: Post-Hardcore veterans Senses Fail, British Punks Marmozets and Pop-punk band Handguns. All three are very different bands with very different fan-bases. Still, it’s good to see an experienced band bring some young blood out on tour.
Handguns kicked things off with a set full of high energy Pop-punk tunes. With Pop-punk being so popular right now it can be hard to really stick out in the scene, and whilst Handguns don’t have a particularly original sound they are still an enjoyable start to the night. There are a few die-hard fans at the front singing along to every song (and pointing a lot) and even a few stage-divers later on in the set. (7)
Next up were crazy British Punks Marmozets. Even if you’re not a fan of their music, it’s impossible to say they are a boring live band. Every member throws themselves around the stage for the entire set and even play from the audience at points. The band even gave fans a taste of a brand new song “Move, Shake, Hide” from their upcoming debut album. Throughout the set the band sound great with Becca Macintyre delivering an amazing vocal performance and the band sounding tight, even during the more technical sections. Closing song “Vexed” saw pits open as well as the entire drum kit being moved into the crowd and members of Handguns join Marmozets on vocals. It’s a chaotic end to their set and is incredible to watch. (8)
Finally it’s up to Senses Fail to bring the night to a close. Their latest album Renacer was a huge change for the band, bringing in a much heavier sound, and opening with a track from it was a great move as it got the crowd fired up immediately. Despite only being out for a littler over a month, songs from Renacer such as “The Path” and “Canine” were sung back to Senses Fail as if they were classics. However when Senses Fail actually busted out the classics such as “Calling All Cars” and “Can’t Be Saved” the room went insane. Despite not being at the highest point in their career Senses Fail still seem incredibly happy to be playing shows, especially when so many similar Post-Hardcore bands have disbanded. Frontman Buddy Nielsen jokes with the crowd in between songs and keeps things lighthearted but still performs with an incredible amount of passion. Encoring with “Bite To Break The Skin” see’s one final sing along before the night ends. Senses Fail might only be playing to a few hundred fans but that doesn’t stop them from putting on a great show for those fans. (9)
With the Post-Hardcore scene being in such bad shape right now, becoming more watered down thanks to certain bands, it’s a shame Senses Fail aren’t bigger. They are easily one of the best Post-Hardcore bands around right now. Tonight Senses Fail proved there’s still life left in them. (8)
All photos were taken by Fran Dignon, check out her flickr page for more: http://www.flickr.com/photos/frandignonphotos