This All I Live For article was written by Adam Barrett, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson
The Packhorse in Leeds isn’t a big venue by any means. The live room, upstairs from the bar, is only able to hold about 50-70 people maximum, but small intimate gigs have a tendency to separate the bands that lack energy and experience from the bands that have it in spades. And the three bands who played certainly knew how to perform regardless of crowd size.
First up were Seas Of Scarlet. Their bandcamp site only has their first EP, which features obvious Oceanborn-era Nightwish influences, with hard rock riffs, a rumbling rhythm section and driving female vocals. However, they opted to play new material for their short set which leaned more towards a rock sound. They confidently played their set pausing only to address the crowd in the way only small local bands have the time to do. Each song pounded away with simple guitar riffs and blazing solos, and it was all topped off by a stellar vocalist. All of these elements come together to create a solid rock band performance.
Next group on the list was a young band called Eujenics. They had a different approach to performing, and chose to interact more with the crowd, tell stories related to their songs and generally try and get more of a rapport going. This might have been considered a good choice technically, if they had a lot of instrument/tuning changes between songs; however, they didn’t. Eujenics music is a mixture of many sounds, having their fingers in many musical pies, being most obviously influenced by bands like Muse and Wolfmother, whilst also having weird, trippy sections a la Tool. Their vocalist was incredibly animated throughout their set, and who moved around a lot, but showed a slight lack of confidence; evidenced by his consistent stares with the floor. A bit more confidence goes a long way, and it gets noticed a lot more in an intimate gig. Each track had a similar structure and it became hard to differentiate the songs from each other as they had a tendency to repeat sections. But this could be overlooked due to the fact that the songs were performed with an intensity that isn’t often seen in smaller bands. Despite the aforementioned, Eujenics played well and are band to look out for in the North of the UK.
Final All I Live For were the only band actually hailing from Leeds itself. With a sound that could only be described as metalcore with heavy Alter Bridge/Mark Tremonti style vocal influences, All I Live For took the room by storm, despite being down a bassist. The set they played was solid but it definitely suffered from a lack of low end definition, making the guitars almost inaudible at times; this was incredibly apparent when they played open chords. Halfway through their set they played a cover of metalcore behemoths Killswitch Engage’s ‘End Of Heartache’ which got the crowd going a bit more. The bands’ use of dual vocal harmonies was on point, with the two guitarists’ vastly different vocal timbres coming together to create an interesting live sound.