Colours Dead Bleed, Every Time I Die, The Bouncing Souls, - No I'm not crying, it's just sweat.The first impression that I had when I heard that Every Time I Die was opening up before The Bouncing Souls was not quite good. Not only is Every Time I Die not completely my band, they don’t mix well with The Bouncing Souls in my humble opinion. With the burning heat of that day in my back I entered the already warm 013 with quite some mixed feelings. Since it was pretty hot outside it would only take seconds before we were sweating our arses off. So I’d expected quite an easy show with not a lot of movement. Oh boy, what was I wrong!
Colours Dead Bleed has the honours of opening the evening in a half filled venue. The melodic hardcore of Colours Dead Bleed bares no surprises or originality. On the other hand, being an original hardcore band isn’t pretty easy. But what they lack in originality they made up in enthusiasm and craftsmanship. Every song is played like it’s their last one and the guys are pretty determined to get the party started on stage. Personally a band that will stick in the back of my head to check out when they’re on a festival somewhere.
After some cooling down outside the venue we headed inside to see Every Time I Die at work. Already I noticed the huge amount of youngsters in the audience that came to see Every Time I Die. So a few seconds after the start of the first song it was an instant party. I had witnessed the guys two times earlier and in both cases they nearly got some movement in front of the stage so I was quite surprised with this reaction. But after a couple of songs I understood why. Keith Buckley is not only a good vocalist he’s also an awesome frontman that brings a lot of energy to the show. With him behind the wheel it’s pretty obvious they are bound to get the party started. Which is exactly what happened. With every song he’s pushing himself and the audience to a new level. With ‘I witnessed a no crowdsurfing sign in this building, but that was in the other room’ he unlocked a new item in crowd participation. Which resulted in a lot of people crowdsurfing and even a guy crowdsurfing to the bar and climbing on the balcony. All of course encouraged by the band and their frontman. An awesome that certainly changed my opinion about this band.
Since the temperature in the room has risen to enormous proportions after Every Time I Die we headed outside to catch a quick breath before The Bouncing Souls would wrap up the night. With a support act that already had brought up the temperature till boiling point, they only had to give a little kick to get the party started. With both old and new material the audience kept dancing and moshing along pushing the show to a higher level. Sadly enough the entire set was over after 50 minutes, but on the other hand the intensity of the show was quite high and the temperature was still very high so after the last tones of ‘True Believers’ the band rushed of stage and the audience rushed outside.