Yashin w/Support @ Fibbers, York

Bands: Yashin, Jody Has A Hitlist, With One Last Breath, Tantrum To Blind
Location: Fibbers, York
Date: 14th March 2012

In all honesty, I wasn’t even planning on going to this but I ended up with a free ticket last minute and it was better than letting go to waste. There were only two bands on the line-up I knew of; Jody Has A Hitlist and Yashin. The former I’ve seen before and the latter I know through reputation for their live shows. The opening band of the night were a Swedish rock act called Tantrum To Blind, who put on an energetic performance. They opened up their set with Get Get Get, a very pop punk meets alt. rock sounding track. The set moved on into more alt. rock sounding songs such as Rise & Fall and If We Let It Go. The frontwoman certainly knew how to whip a crowd into a frenzy, leading for a good response from the crowd which is always nice to see. I believe it’s safe to say that they made some new fans that night, me being one of them.

Second band on the bill were York’s very own With One Last Breath, who despite being very post-hardcore sounding, had a slight death metal sound in the vocals. They were quite bass heavy during in their set, to a point, in parts, where only the bass could be heard. Aside from that one issue, their riffs sounded raw, heavy and destructive, as did the drum work. Drunken and Hell We Create were to be the highlights of their set. The main support of the night came form Dublin-based Jody Has A Hitlist, who I was loathing to see as the last time I saw them, watching paint dry seemed like a more exciting option. The band came onto the Gladiator medley, which oddly, made the crowd somewhat excited. Musically, their songs weren’t as bad as when I last saw them and they had sounded like they had improved a bit, though the actual live performance was still pretty poor. The vocals were pretty much spot on and the riffs worked quite well, though I do wonder why they were the main support as they still aren’t overly impressive.

Finally, Glaswegian post-hardcore sextet took the stage, gaining the largest crowd response of the night. Though before that, the crowd chanted “Yashin” in unison for several minutes. Everything, from the guitars to the bass to the drums, was heard clearly and the band’s use of clean vocals and screams was beyond impressive. The riffs, though being brutal and heavy, also had a technical flair to them which was interesting to hear. The actual performance itself was beyond charismatic and energetic, I’m amazed the vocalists were out of breath due to all the bouncing around and crowd surfing they did. Runaway Train was one of the more tech metal sounding sounds of the night while The Last One Standing was a more violent sounding mosh along anthem. Yashin finished their set with the aforementioned song but performed an encore in the form of the heartfelt track Stand Up.

Yashin have quite the hype surrounding them when it comes to their live performances and it’s easy to see why. Out of all the bands I’ve seen over the years, Yashin definitely come into my top three for best live acts. They’re also one of the few bands that puts so much effort into their live performance, as well as their music. The support acts, Tantrum To Blind and With One Last Breath were pretty cool, though the night would have been more enjoyable if Jody Has A Hitlist wasn’t main support.

Nico Davidson

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