Date: May 2nd, 2017
Venue: The Academy Green Room, Dublin
Line-up: underOATH + mewithoutYou
underOATH in their prime were one of the biggest metalcore/post-hardcore bands going, releasing several acclaimed albums before calling it a day in 2013. Fortunately for fans, the band re-united in 2015 and welcomed back long time drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie to the fold. Since last year the band has been embarking on their ‘Rebirth’ tour for which the band are performing arguably their two biggest records, They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define the Great Line, now the tour has brought them over the ocean for their first ever Irish headline show.
The support act for the UK and Irish shows are experimental indie rock act mewithoutYou, who themselves play their debut show in Ireland. The main focus of the band was most certainly vocalist Aaron Weiss who commanded a wide range to help fit the sound and feel of each track; whether that is a spoken word / storytelling quieter section, some Brandon Boyd-esque clean vocals and some left field shouts. The band packed quite a punch mixing some cheerful folky section with alternative rock which quickly got the crowds spirits lifting and moving their feet.
Bullet to Binary
Fox’s Dream of the Log Flume
Mexican War Streets
In a Sweater Poorly Knit
underOATH’s last show in Dublin was more than 10 years ago but despite the time passed there was still a reasonable crowd that had gathered to witness the bands comeback, or as they’ve dubbed it their ‘rebirth’. Unfortunately, the first thing that struck when the band hit the stage and began their set was the awful sound; the drums were at the forefront drowning out much of the guitar and the vocals were also quite low in places.
Luckily it was the bands performance and the crowd that helped with looking past this issue. The band was playing two full albums for this show and it was They’re Only Chasing Safety which was chosen to be played first. This was a good choice as the album is lighter in tone and contains some of the fans live favourites, the crowd singing along to ‘A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White’ or ‘Reinventing Your Exit’ helped to extinguish the sound issues and forced focus on the music itself.
Vocalist Spencer Chamberlain is quite the commanding vocalist; he wasn’t afraid to bring himself straight up to the crowd to get them to scream and shout back the songs. Joining him in rousing the crowd was guitarist Tim Mctague who, when he wasn’t going wild on the stage, was getting right up in the faces of those at the barriers or found himself getting in on the action and crowdsurfing.
Finishing up the first album the band left the stage for a brief respite, it was the sound of a projector starting up that let the crowd know that Define the Great Line and ‘In Regards to Myself’ was next up. It was this album where the band started to creep into heavier and more experimental territory, such as the six-minute ‘Casting Such a Thin Shadow’ or the relentless ‘Everyone Looks So Good From Here’ and its crushing riff and breakdown. Despite this the band still retained that sense of melody that was delivered strongly by clean vocalist Aaron Gillespie, who hits all those soaring note while blasting away on drums, in ‘You’re Ever So Inviting’ and ‘Writing on the Walls’.
They’re Only Chasing Safety:
Young and Aspiring
A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White
The Impact of Reason
Reinventing Your Exit
The Blue Note
It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door
Down, Set, Go
I Don’t Feel Very Receptive Today
I’m Content With Losing
Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape
Define the Great Line:
In Regards to Myself
A Moment Suspended in Time
There Could Be Nothing After This
You’re Ever So Inviting
Returning Empty Handed
Casting Such a Thin Shadow
Moving for the Sake of Motion
Writing on the Walls
Everyone Looks So Good From Here
To Whom It May Concern