In the middle of a massive UK and European tour supporting Enter Shikari, Your Demise and Letlive decided to use a rare day off to visit Aberdeen’s Café Drummonds to play a range of hardcore from two different continents.
Supporting these two bands, and first on, were local hardcore band Grader. On the first date of their own tour, and with local fans down to support them, Grader tore through a set of songs new and old. Playing mostly from their current release, 2011, they also played a new track which, even though largely unheard, managed to get the crowd moving. The energy they created, with fans shouting back the lyrics to the band, would have been hard to match if it weren’t for the two bands to follow.
Next to the stage were L.A.'s Letlive, who had played the very same venue only weeks before. But as soon as they were ready to go, they burst into songs from the album Fake History and got the crowd going all over again. The mix of aggressive screams and singing works surprisingly well for a hardcore band and singer Jason Butler kept the level high with mid-set ballad, Muther.
Letlive know how to please a crowd and, even with the dancefloor open to moshing, guitarist Jeff Sahyoun managed to stage dive on to the front of the crowd during one of the heavier tracks of the set. Ending the set on Day 54, Letlive left Aberdeen eager for more.
By the time an out-of-place sample of popular R'n'B played over the soundsystem, the whole venue was on the edge of its proverbial seat. Your Demise took to the stage and fired into songs MMX, Scared of the Light and Shine On. Interspersed throughout the St. Albans 5-piece’s set were shouts for stage divers, crowd surfers, and more people to be moving their feet. Mix this with another chart-music interlude and Drummonds in Aberdeen had an energy that only 3 bands on top form could muster.
When fan favourites like Burnt Tongues and Miles Away were played, Your Demise turned the crowd into a sea of fast moving arms and feet, and you could see this fan-energy reflected in the performance. When the last song of the set was announced, a cheer from the crowd could be heard as Your Demise stormed into The Kids We Used To Be. Without a doubt the happiest sounding song of the night, it was a perfect end to 3 sets from some of the finest hardcore bands to be touring at the moment. As the final chord rang out, another R'n'B song began to play and Your Demise left the stage.
Grader continue to tour the UK this month while Your Demise and Letlive are supporting Enter Shikari on their UK tour.