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The Ocean Between Us W/Support @ Shades Nightclub, Bridlington [Live Review]

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , on 9th November 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bands: The Ocean Between Us, Sworn To Oath, Sea Of Giants
Location: Shades Nightclub, Bridlington
Date: 7th November 2011

The Ocean Between Us made their return to Bridlington’s music scene as the headlining for one of many shows put on by the East Coast Collective. The first act of the night were Bridlington’s own Sea Of Giants, who recently released their EP “To The Deepest Depths”. A large but lifeless crowd were gathered at the front of the venue for SOG’s performance. As their set went on the crowd became active and noisy, giving appreciative responses at the end of each song that the band played with energy, adding to their established yet violent sound that could be heard clearly both inside and outside of the venue. Sea Of Giants finished their set off with a brutalising rendition of their own song “Bloodshot Eyes”.

The main support of the night, as part of their UK tour were Midlands-based metal outfit Sworn To Oath. For their first time in Bridlington, they went down well with the crowd. The vocals sounded like a strong mix of classic metal and hard rock with a hint of 36 Crazy Fists. The band utilised heavy riffs, strong drum sections and great interaction with the crowd. Sworn To Oath are definitely a band worth checking out. The Ocean Between Us were the headlining act though they failed to impress the crowd that almost packed out Shades. While they possessed great stage presence mixed with powerful melodic riffs, powerful drums and destructive vocal sections, they did little to whip the crowd into a frenzy – Which might have been due to the technical difficulties they were having with the sound. It definitely wasn’t one of their best performances. The crowd enjoyed most of the night judging by their reactions to Sea Of Giants and Sworn To Oath.

Home From Home Festival [Live Review]

Posted in Festival, Live with tags , , , , , on 21st August 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bands: Shadows Chasing Ghosts, Tides Of Virtue, The Demoraliser, The Colour Line, Sea Of Giants, The Departed, Forever And A Day, Hey! Alaska, Not Another Code Red
Location: Shades Night Club, Bridlington
Dates: 20th August 2011

Home From Home Fest, the second annual DIY festival, hosted by the East Coast Collective, was already off to a bumpy start as Swedish hardcore outfit Saving Joshua had dropped off the bill last minute – Not that this prevented all those in attendance from having a good time. The first band on stage were Bridlington’s own “Sea Of Giants”. They performed a good, solid set and were very active on stage. They received a good reaction from the crowd. Towards the end of the set, they performed an immense cover of “Pure F**king Hate” by Annotations Of An Autopsy. Sea Of Giants were a great choice to open the festival with, it was just a shame about the small numbers in attendance for their set.

The second band to perform were Hull-based “The Colour Line”. The entire band had brilliant showmanship and clearly a lot of energy to have remain active through out their entire set, especially their front man who moved in and around the crowd. Their set was tight and brilliantly played. The highlight of their set had to be “Glitter, Spandex And Egos”. Forever And A Day took the stage afterwards. Their set was energetic and tight and the frontman demonstrated great showmanship and crowd interaction. They played brilliant songs such as “If It Pleases You Darling (Pretend I’m Saying It)” and “We See Everything, So Play Nice” [Which can be found on their album “Last Orders”]. Forever and a Day’s set was great though lacking as their bassist was absent.

Hey! Alaska put on a good show, with the frontman interacting with the crowd between songs. Like the other bands, they played a good, heavy set which beamed with energy. Not Another Code Red had a heavy start to their set. They performed a brilliant hardcore rendition of Black And Yellow as well as some of their own songs such as All Or Nothing and Foundations. The Departed brought a great stage presence and positive attitude with them to the stage as they performed a very hyper set in which the crowd began a mosh pit to it. The Demoraliser performed an amazing, brutalising set which sounded raw and violent. they were one of the best bands of the night, which says a lot due to the immense quality of all the bands who played.

Tides Of Virtue performed a very active set, virtually bouncing all around the stage. They received positive feedback from the crowd for their violent and skull-crushing set. The headliners “Shadows Chasing Ghosts” finally took the stage, only to be greeted by a small crowd, which must have been upsetting for the band members though they still performed an awesome set which was very heavy, very tight and pleased the crowd.

Home From Home Fest was clearly an enjoyable experience for all those who performed and those who attended. Fans of hardcore and metalcore missed on a truly great festival. Hopefully, the next Home From Home Festival will be just as great, if not better.

Nico Davidson