O’Rileys Review: When We Were Wolves, The Valliant, Dividium, Remenitions and Contours.
Despite a lack of audience at O’Rileys in Hull last night, the quality of the bands performance and the enjoyment of the audience was not lacking in anyway.
After interviewing Contours briefly at Humber Street Sesh about their intentions for the band, telling me they will play fewer local shows and try and get out and play other cities. Scott Taylor’s vocals almost sounded a kin to a gruff dog bark in parts with very low vocals, mixed in with hardcore riffs and a dare I say it, St Anger sounding snare drum. The band, still in the development stages of their career I’m hoping to see more from them in the future.
Liam Spencer, providing vocals for Remenitions took to the stage in his usual energetic manner, and proved you can still move on stage, (and off), even if the crowd is stationary. Keeping his energy high throughout the set he ran circles round the audience, while the band followed in his wake. After seeing them storming the stage at the last Sesh held at Linnet and Lark, I think I was expecting more from the band, but with a few technical issues, I definitely have and will again, see them perform better than this.
Dividium took to the stage sounding epic and chunky. Their music seemed to have more space to move around, each part evenly spaced in the mix, every sound and instrument showcased in all its magnificent glory. Despite the band being a man down, with guitarist Zack Glossop unable to make this show, their ensemble musicianship could not be faulted. They are not just a band; they are a well-oiled music machine that gives your ears a drowning in the most beautiful yet heavy way. With Rammstein style vocals in small doses and Metallica inspired guitar solos, their main modern influence being Dream Theatre, if you like that band you’ll be sure to ‘get’ where Dividium are coming from. The guitar was crystal clear and the rhythm section pounded by Jean Chavaurda on drums and bassist Danny Stevenson supported the two natural front men, whilst also giving strong performances in their own right. ‘Cognitive Dissonance’ gave a sprint in tempo and brought about a crescendo for the end of the set which was unappalled prior to this song.
The Valliant set the scene with Dragonfly scrims masking their guitar cabs and vocalist Rob Lea gave us a slice of hardcore vocals. With Si Phillips on backing vocals and rhythm guitar, their collaboration brought an epic pop punk anthemic feel to the choruses, a definite sing along opportunity for anyone who knows the words. Lea was not shy in his delivery and was not afraid to scream out and stand up elevated at the front of the stage. A bemused audience later found out Lea was only standing in and claimed his voice was ‘gone’, despite being one of the loudest singers I’ve heard, quiet wasn’t really in his range. If he hadn’t mentioned he’d stepped in on this tour, I’m sure most audience members wouldn’t have known as he gave a great performance and was good fit for the music, despite not being a regular member. It’s the sort of genre that makes you want to move instantly, friendly banter between the bands is almost a given at gigs like this, and there was certainly a bit of that.
When We Were Wolves, hailing from Wales, brought a bunch of bearded lads to the stage, the bassist, rhythm guitarist and vocalist all collided with each other initially before becoming more at ease in the space. There was a topless drummer, a circle pit and moshing, and guitarist Rhod Evans wore a striking black and yellow Continents shirt, another amazing band from the same area of Wales. Continents have also played at O’Rileys in Hull, around a year ago, not long after the venue opened. In-between singing backing vocals bassist Matt Shaw could be seen head banging and wind milling his hair. He played amazingly melodic high notes which complimented the high end guitar notes in one of their songs. The band also announced that they released their EP on the day of the Hull gig, (22/09/14) and that it had reached no.3 in the iTunes metal charts. Considering they told us they are just a small band trying to get their name out there, they aren’t doing too badly and a handful of their Hull fans knew some of the words.
Singer Mitch Bock said he wanted to make this gig the best one yet and make it special. With the last song, ‘Hounds’, Mitch definitely saved the best ‘til last, asking the whole audience to come on stage while he went out front. A photographer was also off stage capturing the special moment, safe to say one of the best moments I’ve ever experienced at a gig. And Mitch made sure everyone was involved and didn’t leave anyone behind. The whole audience was involved, backstage crew and musicians moving around us. In true hardcore style everyone who wanted it was offered the mic, and it created a real sense of being included in the gig and made it such an amazing experience to be part of.
Heartless EP – Available now for download through iTunes and other outlets: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/heartless-ep/id912440717
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O’Rileys Review: When We Were Wolves, The Valliant, Dividium, Remenitions and Contours. Despite a lack of audience at O’Rileys in Hull last night, the quality of the bands performance and the enjoyment of the audience was not lacking in anyway.