THE AMITY AFFLICTION / THE PLOT IN YOU / DREAM STATE / ENDLESS HEIGHTS - O2 Academy 2, Birmingham 02.10.18

SAMANTHA LLOYD

PHOTO CREDITS: STEVE JOHNSTON PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Arriving at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, a little behind schedule due to an obscene amount of traffic and stupid roadworks (sort it out B’ham council!), my trusty tog partner, Steve and I clamber up the stairs, through the door and into the Academy2 where we can already hear the first band have started playing their set.

 

ENDLESS HEIGHTS, a quintet from Sydney, Australia, kicked off the evenings entertainment with some awesome tunes that warmed up the crowd nicely. ‘Paralyse’ was a little bit different than the opening tracks of their set. Heartfelt, delicate and delivered with emotion, vocalist Joel Martorana hits every note, a shout from the audience of “Where’s Simon Cowell when you need him?” solidifies my thoughts exactly, pure talent is on display here tonight and I couldn't agree more with my fellow gig-goer.

 

An awesome set, delivered superbly and well received by the crowd too!

Check them out, they are well worth the listen!

 

ENDLESS HEIGHTS are:

Matt Jones

Joel Martorana

Jem Siow

Christian Hrdina

Julian Diaz

 

Find out more from ENDLESS HEIGHTS at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endlessheights/

 

 

Second up tonight and bringing the fierce with them are the South Wales alt-rock/post hardcore quintet DREAM STATE. Almost straight away front woman and vocalist CJ is up on the barrier in amongst the fans, reaching down holding their hands while the music from the guys on stage blasts out. Vocally she destroys the airwaves, the whole room jumping, a sea of hands and heads bobbing up and down to the heavy bass that thunders through the room. Before long she’s over the barrier, security guard standing vigil as she is lifted up onto the waiting hands of the fans, not missing a single note, her vocal strong and clear, the music bellowing and the crowd in a complete state of rapture. The applause that ensues is electric!
 

“Are you guys ready to let go of some anxiety tonight?” asks CJ as the kick into ‘In this Hell’ and the crowd clap along. “This is a safe place to vent your shit,” she continues, the mosh pit begins getting aggressive, the pushing and shoving getting intense throughout the song but it’s all in good fun, and the gig-goers are really enjoying it.

An excellent set which included ‘Solace’, ‘Rebuild, Recreate’ and final track ‘White Lies’. Full of energy, aggression and love, I can see why they received such a huge reception when they left the stage.

 

DREAM STATE are:

CJ - Vocals

Aled Rhys Evans - Guitar

Rhys Wilcox - Guitar / Vocals

Danny Rayer - Bass

Jamie Lee - Drums

 

Find out more from DREAM STATE at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DreamStateUKOfficial/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DreamStateUK

 

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Third on the bill are THE PLOT IN YOU, a trio from Findlay, Ohio, who bring a huge amount of presence with their style of aggressive, melodic metal, contrasting heavy and clean vocals and a full sound that bombards everyones eardrums.

 

‘Not Just Breathing’ goes down well with the crowd who are totally mesmerised by the guys on stage. Drinks are being thrown around and the pushing and shoving continues in the mosh pit, venting frustrations seem to calm during the slower verses, but the choruses kick it up a notch again and the energetic, lively atmosphere hits another level.

 

The audience are singing and screaming along with frontman Landan Tewers as he moves into ‘My Old Ways’, a blistering track, the humidity in the room rocking it up another notch as they power through a hard and heavy set. The audience once again loving the energy from the band and reciprocating it by bouncing, hands in the air and roaring with appreciation after each track.

Taking time during their set they stop to thank the two bands that have already performed and to encourage the crowd for the headliners THE AMITY AFFLICTION, which receives huge cheers and applause.

Another awesome set, full of aggressive venting and mammoth music! Check these guys out!

 

THE PLOT IN YOU are:

Landan Tewers - Vocals

Josh Childress - Guitar

Ethan Yoder - Bass
 

Find out more from THE PLOT IN YOU at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theplotinyou/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThePlotInYou

 

 

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THE AMITY AFLICTION are the headliners for tonight and hail from Brisbane, Australia. The trio of Joel Birch (vocals), Ahren Stringer (vocals/bass) and Dan Brown  (guitar) take to the stage to chants of “AMITY! AMITY!” and the audience erupts with cheers and shouts as the opening notes of “Ivy (Doomsday)” ring out. The audience are in full voice, singing every word back to the band.

As the set progresses through ‘I Bring The Weather With Me’, ‘Holier Than Heaven’, ‘Shine On’, ‘All Fucked Up’ and ‘Feels Like I’m Dying’, there’s beer and other beverages being thrown around the room, cups hitting the ceiling and the humidity level is hitting super sweaty levels of perspiration. There are guys pulling off their t-shirts after the crazy wall of death and mosh pit frenzy during the first half of the set. Sweat is flicking everywhere, the humidity reaching higher levels that I swear with every breath I’m breathing in air that is saturated with alcoholic particles, the room is sticky, the energy is intense and the people are liked charged particles bouncing off one another! Intensely satisfying to say the least, even if I do find myself squashed against several strangers who decide that the mad mosh pit isn't for them and they quickly push back and I find myself sardined in amongst the throng of metalheads near the bar. I‘m now totally aware of how tiny I am in comparison to the men and women around me.. I must grow taller!

 

The music booms out at dangerously loud levels, even with my earplugs in I feel like I’m going deaf! Loud and rageful contrasting heavy vocals of Joel against the clean smooth vocals of Ahren sound awesome, not a single bumnote during the whole set, the music hitting me solidly in the chest as each song pushes the atmosphere higher. The majority of the audience in a drunken state of ecstasy as the bouncing, pushing and shoving ensues right through to the end of the night.

Tonight has been crazy! And Fun! When can we do this again!?


THE AMITY AFFLICTION are:

Joel Birch - Vocals

Ahren Stringer - Vocals / Bass

Dan Brown - Guitar / Vocals

 

Find out more from THE AMITY AFFLICTION at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theamityafflictionofficial/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/amityaffliction

Website: http://www.theamityaffliction.net/

 

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