Fresh off of their massive performances at Unify Gathering, hardcore heavyweights Every Time I Die and letlive. delivered a massive co-headlining bill, accompanied by Canadian act Counterparts and Adelaide locals A Ghost Orchestra.
Counterparts had a small chunk of the audience moving straight away. With fists flying, ankles overhead and change being collected, Counterparts gave the hardest hitting set of the night. Their melodic hardcore got the crowd passionately roaring in unison with a surprising amount of the crowd screaming every single lyric back to them. Counterparts seem to be making an ever increasing dent in the scene and are a band to look out for as they smash their fists through 2017.
Next up, letlive. offered a slower pace with their new album If I’m The Devil expanding the bands following into a new audience. Known for their high flying, venue climbing, post-hardcore instrumentals and R&B early influences, a letlive. show is an interesting hybrid. Letlive’s discography ranges from grooving and swaying to headbanging and shrieking. Truly a band that offers something for everyone, letlive. have stepped up their setlist with this addition of new genre expanding tracks. If I’m The Devil has opened up a new door for the band, delving into a more mainstream sound, not in a negative way, but in a more melodic and structured progression that will see the band take on new successes.
Every Time I Die arguably released the album of the year in 2016 with Low Teens. Seeing success and critical acclaim everywhere, there was no better time to see the band live. There was a mix of new fans and old, and at times a clear divide between songs from Low Teens and treasure troves from their discography.
With the tempo turned up from where letlive. left off, Every Time I Die tore Fowlers apart as circle pits were begun by lead guitarist Jordan Buckley running through the crowd. As the room got rowdier, vocalist Keith Buckley gave an impassioned speech about how barriers between the audience and the band were a divide and did more harm than good. Encouraging the fans to get on stage seemed like a safe idea as Keith highlighted the community within music that looks after one another. However, it only took thirty seconds before the third stage diver misjudged his landing and clanged down, legs open on the barricade. ‘You couldn’t write this stuff’ exclaimed Keith as the injured man was carried off by the loving community.
Classic songs such as ‘We’rewolf’ and ‘Decayin’ With The Boys’ got the room vibrating with movement, as newer songs ‘Fear And Trembling’, ‘Awful Lot’ and ‘It Remembers’ gained ears and eyes as a new Every Time I Die showed their polished and accessible instrumentals.
‘Map Change’ ended the first encore, showing a new side to Keith Buckley’s vocals, combining highlights from his clean rock and roll soars, similar to side-project, The Damned Things and the best of his classic Every Time I Die-branded screams.
Low Teens is a contribution of a 20+ year band finding their strengths and building on these with new inspirations. Finishing with an encore of ‘Awful Lot’, Every Time I Die left Adelaide on the highest of notes proving that they are still only getting started.