When a show is forced to move venue due to instantly selling out, and then sells out immediately again after the move – its destined to be a good show. With Every Time I Die returning to the UK shores once again, it was clear Bristol was very glad for the Buffalo 5-piece to be back, packing out the 1000-capacity SWX. This was a type of show the popular nightclub-newly-turned-live-music-venue would have never seen before, so it was 100% one not to miss.
One of opening sets of the night came from American hard-core outfit Knocked Loose, who provided 30 minutes of early aggression. They were surprisingly familiarly received – satisfying both the old and new fans in the room, with the bulk of songs coming from their debut LP ‘Laugh Tracks’. What was great to see was the amount of movement in the room right from the start – which isn’t common for an opening band. This really showed how exceptional the tour line-up was, and how well it catered for the audience.
Main support came from fellow US-hailing Comeback Kid, who seemed to share many fans with Every Time I Die – embracing the stage and crowd, with a big banner raised high. They provided the best ‘warm up’ out of all the supports, as the moshing really did kick off for the group – which is ideal for the band on before the headliner. For those previously unacquainted, it was clear they impressed with their set, with the reaction and applause filling the venue throughout.
With SWX completely packed out, Every Time I Die took to the stage in instant rage – opening with ‘No Son Of Mine’. As soon as the vocals kicked in, the crowd were in the palm of their hand, bursting to life with a massive floor of moshing everywhere. The positive about SWX in comparison to many other venues in Bristol is the massive floor in which the crowd to go wild in – it also wasn’t too tightly packed either, so the hundreds of moshing fans had plenty of room, and those who wanted to just spectate were safe to as well.
Whizzing through a 20-song set-list, the band played a perfect selection of material both new and old – with the material from their biggest and latest LP release ‘Low Teens’ standing out exceptionally strong. For a band like Every Time I Die, they managed to effectively get away with playing material back-to-back, without rest; as most of the fans there seemed to know a large majority of their material, so didn’t need each song introducing – however for those less acquainted, it may have felt quite overwhelming as the pace of the set was very, very fast. It can only be assumed at this point in their career, much like how their friend Frank Turner approaches his sets, that they want to play as many songs as possible in their set time and make coming to their shows worth the effort – which is a very commendable thing to do, especially from band in the metal/hard-core genre.
What can be expected of the future is uncertain for a band that has been going as long as Every Time I Die have, but its undoubtable that the next time they return, they could reach for even larger venues and have no problem – considering how early the show completely sold out, and the amount of people that were still searching for tickets afterwards. To fill the room with 1000+ hardcore fans is truly a rare sight in Britain’s music scene in 2017, and its no doubt Every Time I Die are right at the inspirational forefront of these unique, dynamic live shows.