Odessa w/Support @ The Ringside [Live Review]

Bands: Odessa, Calasis, Not Another Code Red, Gratitude, Scrimshaw, The Stanford Prison Experiment, A L E T H E I A, The Colour Line
Location: Ringisde, Hull
Date: 20th November 2011

Odessa’s UK tour them to the musically diverse city of Hull at the Ringside as part of an all-day event. The first act of the night were a new band known as A L E T H I A. This was their first gig and it was no surprise that their stage presence was poor, though this might have something to do with it being their first gig as well as the nerves getting to them. They struggled to get the crowd excited with their metalcore sounding set – a feat only accomplished by bands that the Hull folk are used to seeing. The roaring of their guitars sounded more akin to a distorted explosion of unpleasant sounds as opposed to something the crowd could get into and the snarling vocals left much to be desired. Another┬ánotable┬áthing about this new band’s set was the lack of song names being announced, almost as if they expected the crowd to automatically know the names of their songs, in some form of vain arrogance, despite it being their first gig.

The Stanford Prison Experiment took to the stage afterwards and they weren’t any better than the first band. The frontman had his back to the crowd throughout most of the set, almost like he was just performing to the rest of the band – Not really something that should be done if a band wants to entertain people or even gain some new fans. The next band Scrimshaw completely upped the quality of the show so far with a mixture of good stage presence and some humourous statements that lightened up the mood of the crowd. So far, they were the best ‘core band of the night. Gratitude were next in line to play. Before they went on stage, a lot of people were outside having a quick smoke but the second they knew Gratitude were on a lot of them came rushing back. They played an energetic and heavy set that had some progressive rock sounds to it and an even a song that sounded like a Foo Fighters track. “Relentless” and “In Smoulders” went down well with the crowd.

The Hull based pop-punk-meets-post-hardcore outfit Not Another Code Red were on of the definite crowd pleasers of the night, especially with their cover of “Black And Yellow”. Calasis were a no show due to a run-in with the long arm of the law at a gig the night before, so let’s move onto the main support The Colour Line. Without a doubt, they stole the show on Sunday night with great sounding vocals, a strong, post-hardcore sounding set and a lot more energy and charisma than the other bands. The headliners, Odessa, failed to reach the bar set by The Colour Line. The performance was lacking heavily and there’s definitely room for improvement.

The show was mediocre at best due to the differing quality of performances from each band and the headliner really did fail to impress – Perhaps The Colour Line should have had their slot instead.

Conor Taylor

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