As Sirens Fall - The Key Club, Leeds (16th July 2016) - LIVE REVIEW

As Sirens Fall – The Key Club, Leeds (16th July 2016) – LIVE REVIEW

There’s nothing quite like a hometown show, and for the lads in As Sirens Fall, the Key Club hosted the culmination of their first ever UK headline tour. Coinciding with the release of debut EP ‘The Hospital Party’, their adventure across the country has been a resounding success. But it was quite clear they still had something left to give, that final punch of greatness.

After support from a staggering four bands, As Sirens Fall finally graced the stage, suited and booted, ready for an epic show. Blasting out EP opener and recently released music video, ‘Where You Are’ got the crowd jumping immediately. The benefit of being in such close proximity of a band, is that you can see their facial expressions, and it was wonderful to see how incredibly happy they all were. It seemed that they were so appreciative of the occasion, and this reflected in the quality of music.

Even encountering technical difficulties didn’t stand in their way. You know a drummer must be giving it his all when he breaks his drum pedal, and this is exactly what happened to Robbie Hutchinson about three songs in. Blazing through their set, vocalist Mikey Lord exuded immense power from his lungs with every song. He is not the kind of artist to lose quality from a record to live shows, if anything he improves and thrives on the energy in the room. His stage presence is phenomenal, and the interaction with the audience is completely on point.

Slowing things down with a piano led ‘Getaway’, Lord impressed greatly once again with his delicate vocal quality. But the ingenious layering of this track, aided by guitarists Adam Doveston and Ben Aldham, and bassist Jason Doveston was inspired and brought another dimension of greatness to this band.

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At this point, it was Hutchinson’s time to shine with a kickass drum solo, driving, furious and impressive. It only reinforced Lord’s well founded opinion that he is “the best drummer in the world”. After a quick outfit change, the boys were back with ‘State of the Artist’ and new track ‘Like Vultures’. This next step in the As Sirens Fall’s future is packed with exciting musical tricks and GIGsoup can’t wait to hear more from them. But reviving old classic ‘From Across the Waves’, reminded us of where the boys came from and how amazing they’ve always been and how much they’ve progressed in such a short time.

At this point, Lord invited friend and tour chauffeur Adam Crilly (of Ashestoangels) to the stage to help with a cover of My Chemical Romance’s ‘It’s Not a Fashion Statement, It’s a Deathwish’. If you are not familiar with Crilly’s stage presence, it is insane and what followed was unprecedented, predictable madness.  Call it whatever you like: anarchy or utter carnage, this song brought all these things and more. People were physically dragged towards the stage, vocalists screamed in your face and used whatever body parts were available to them as leverage to get closer to the rest of the audience. It was amazing and the chemistry between the two vocalists was excellent. Maybe it could lead to a collaboration in the future?

Drawing the show to a close with ‘Lonely Tomorrows’ and the sexual, heavier track ‘Smoke’, the chaos reigned free once again. Supporting acts and backstage crew clambered onto the stage to share in this great moment, capping the set off with a group hug. This night seemed like such an amazing achievement for them all and you couldn’t help feel pride for As Sirens Fall. If they continue down this road, creating such phenomenal music, they’ll be selling out arenas in no time.

This As Sirens Fall article was written by Evie Myers, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson. Photo credit : Bands official Instagram

As Sirens Fall - The Key Club, Leeds (16th July 2016) - LIVE REVIEW

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