I’m on the way to my last gig for the year. I’m seeing Amity Affliction + Northlane + Stray from the Path + Wage War at Fryshuset.
Even if I’m fed up with packing my bag to go to Stockholm, I am looking forward to it A LOT. Amity + Northlane are two of my absolute faves.
I haven’t been to or even been wanting to go to gigs much lately. As in the past few years. So this this year has been something of a surprise.
Jonathan Johansson at Cirkus, Stockholm. He did a set of shows called Trilogi where he played through 3 of his latest albums (minus a song or two). Approximately 2 hour set, no opening act, break in the middle. Absolutely love this format, please let it be a trend asap.
Architects at Concorde 2, Brighton. Album release show, cheapest of all the shows I’ve been to (maybe ever?): £ 15 for admission + album. So basically paid to attend…? Loved it. Probably my favorite this year, purely because the song selection was brilliant. If I was going to complain about something it’d be the set was too short or they could have played Gravity, but only a fool would complain. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Considering the ticket price, I feel as if I owe it to them to buy lots of merch.
Thrice at The Forum, London. Barely knew who they were at the time. I just knew they’d released a brilliant record couple of months earlier and that was enough to convince me I needed to see them play. Absolutely loved the show! With the exception of the unbearable heat at the venue.
Architects at Fryshuset Stockholm + Trädgår’n Gothenburg. This time around they were playing Gravity. Once again, excellent selection of songs, but maybe the set could be longer…? For me, the setlist is what really makes or breaks the show. Whether you’re bringing a big production or not, it just doesn’t matter.
Bring Me the Horizon at SSE Hydro, Glasgow. Still touring That’s the Spirit, this time with a much bigger show than last year (saw them at Fryshuset in November 2015, probably only gig I went to in 2015?), and a slightly different selection of songs which I’d say wasn’t necessarily better. For that type of show. While I get that they want to flaunt all of their range, it makes the show less cohesive, bit lacking the energy I feel a metal show needs (expect it to have?).
Not that this in any way puts me off. They’re my team; I’ll go see them play anywhere I can always.
Casey/Burning Down Alaska/Being as an Ocean at The Garage, Glasgow. The luxury of a good opening act that you actually haven’t heard before! That pretty much never happens. I’m talking about Casey obviously.
Burning Down Alaska would probably be more fun seeing in Germany where people know who they are. Still, excellent setlist, and the new singer Karim is mad impressive.
Being as an Ocean…not quite my cup of tea. Fortunately for me, the two songs of theirs that I love and have been listening to were the first two songs of the set. Which meant that being the morning person that I am, I could go back to the hotel and go to bed because I was just exhausted.
Architects at ABC, Glasgow. You’d think I’d be bored by now. But let me tell you: ZERO percent bored. Would go again if I could!
Bring Me the Horizon at Hovet, Stockholm. Same show/setlist as in Glasgow, v. v. different audience. And ehm, was it just me or did Oli seem…a bit bored? (I’ve barely seen a single review of any of the shows I’ve been to, what’s up with that? It’d just be nice with a second opinion sometimes I feel.)
Jonathan Johansson at Katalin, Uppsala. I’m going to have to accept the fact that Jonathan is no longer within the range of things I like. I have no idea what he’s on about anymore. The song selection was incomprehensible, excellent pop tracks were lost due to arrangements that have no business being in a live show, and the final encore was a slow song that I would not hesitate to call an album filler. Honestly, it was insulting.
Amity Affliction at Fryshuset, Stockholm. They’re playing Pittsburgh, I know they’re playing Pittsburgh; that’s all I need to know to know that this is going to be great. Also, they’re not going to have their final encore be Rosa Himmel, or equivalent, because A) they have more sense than that, and B) they haven’t got shit songs like that their catalogue, and maybe most of all C) they’re a metal band. They wouldn’t do that to their show. Or their audience. Honestly, Jonathan seems more interested in entertaining himself + his band than the audience. Although, I’m positive all hipsters in attendance would disagree with me.
But that’s just because they don’t know any better. /bitter old hag refusing to grow up and go to age appropriate shows, e.g. Jonathan
For next year, I’ll be keeping my eyes open for:
Gigs in: Berlin, Prague, London, Brighton, Glasgow.
If any of the following are touring: Dream on, Dreamer, Glasvegas, Editors, Nine Inch Nails, PVRIS, Novelists.
Aaand. Wouldn’t mind seeing Architects and Thrice again.
Although right now, also wouldn’t mind a year of staying home. I’m mean I’m an introvert for god’s sake. This is highly unusual behavior for me.
Lots of love!