Punk has long been at the heart of Britain’s diverse wealth of heavy musical talent. The calibre of the hardcore-orientated acts that have emerged in the last five years is matched only by their consistency, with the current pantheon including the likes of The Ghost Of A Thousand, Bastions, TRC, Dead Swans, Gallows…and tonight’s headliners, Your Demise.
The Tunbridge Wells Forum is celebrating its 18th birthday this month, and tonight’s packed out warm-up show for Your Demise’s forthcoming tour is a fitting celebration. Opening up with ‘MMX’, the opener from 2010’s The Kids We Used To Be, the entire room surges forward with a sense of urgency. Already the crowd have fists pound the air, with their feet soon at equal heights. It is immediately clear why Your Demise became one of the most well-regarded acts on last years Never Say Die tour, which given that it saw them share stages with Parkway Drive and Comeback Kid (to name but a few) says much about the young British five-piece.
The set list is heavily weighted towards The Kids We Used To Be (the first record with current vocalist, Ed Mcrae), with the album’s title-track, ‘Miles Away’, ‘Shine On’ (which comes with the announcement that tonight’s performance of it is to be filmed for a forthcoming video), as well as the record’s closer ‘xo’ all working their way into the pit with very little let up from the band or crowd. But it was inevitable that it was some of the tracks from their Visible Noise debut, Ignorance Never Dies, that were going to provide the most chaos tonight. ‘Nothing Left But Regret’ stands above the rest as the entire room fills the vocal parts.
After a powerful set it is almost sad to realise that out of the 100-odd people here tonight, most have really come to hear one song. And in fairness, it’s a bloody good one, one which saw me travel 60 miles to witness its delivery. And deliver it they do, concluding the evening with the domineering ‘Burnt Tongues’. It may run the risk of being their ‘Smells Like Teenage Spirit’ – even more so now that newer output from the band is treading closer to the DC Hardcore of yore than modern metal cross overs like Parkway Drive and Architects – but it still ends the evening with a furious bang.
Your Demise are on tour throughout the UK later this month, with Stick To your guns, Break Even and Letlive in support.
Your Demise February tourdates:
20 Southampton Talking Heads
21 Birmingham Academy III
22 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
23 Newcastle Academy II
24 Leeds Cockpit
25 Manchester Sound Control
26 Plymouth White Rabbit
27 London Camden Underworld