A Day To Remember - Pyramids Centre 15/3/10
posted on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 @ 09:01 | permalink
A Day To Remember
Support: Architects, Your Demise
Portsmouth Pyramids Centre 15/3/10
Entering the venue, I breathe a sigh of relief that, as with the seeming trend of gigs these days, my 5ft 1 self actually has a hope in hell of seeing, thanks to a large portion of the audience being barely in their teens, and therefore pre-growth spurt. Ignoring the monstrosity that is a ‘Mrs Oli Sykes’ t-shirt, I make my way to catch Your Demise open with a bang to an excited crowd – although it’s clear to see they’re mainly here for the headline act.
Architects gave a strong performance, however seemed muted at points despite vocalist Sam Carter’s efforts to get the crowd going, who were seemingly less responsive, excepting a small portion of loyal fans. A shame that a large portion of the crowd probably only knew them due to Carter’s vocals on Bring Me The Horizon track The Sadness Will Never End, as they currently lead the way in the growing British hardcore scene.
The last time the Pompey crowds saw A Day To Remember, they went down a storm supporting Bring Me The Horizon (yep, them again...) hit the stage to rapturous cheers and applause, hitting hard with ‘Fast Forward to 2012’, an unexpected yet appreciated opening song.
The Ocala boys had clearly aimed their set at fans who had been there from the beginning, playing tracks from earlier released ‘And Their Name Was Treason’ and ‘For Those Who Have Heart’- although it was standout tracks from latest album ‘Homesick’, such as singalong-friendly ‘The Downfall of Us All’. Despite these recieving an eager reception, the excitement of die-hard fans to hear old favourites was clear, and the crowd as a wholewere generally consistent, with just a few lulls when rarer or slower tracks were played.
Things were slowed down a little with the frankly stunning cover of The Fray’s Over My Head, and Have Faith In Me - the only downer was the band’s slightly sexist claim that they ‘had’ to play the soft songs ‘for the ladies’. A notable omission was the removal of previous 'set staple' Kelly Clarkson cover, 'Since You Been Gone', showing the band moving onwards and upwards, and being known for their own original work. After ending on arguably their best known track ‘The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle’, and the young’uns poured out to waiting parents, it’s easy to see that A Day To Remember are a band that aim to please their fans - and succeed.
This review can be seen in Pugwash News
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