Bury Tomorrow

support Walking With Strangers + Urma Sellinger + Now Voyager
author AP date 08/05/13 venue Lions & Barrels, Copenhagen, DEN

As I enter the large confines of tonight's venue, I am confounded by how few people have actually chosen to come see what is in my opinion one of the best metalcore bands out there right now - and most of the people inside the bar are there to watch Danish second division football. This does not look good. This concert marks my first visit to Parken Stadium's sports bar Lions & Barrels, and so I am actually quite surprised by the enormity of the concert room itself (which incidentally looks more like a ballroom for tacky wedding receptions than a metal show); almost as surprised as by the fact that no more than 20 people are apparently here. Thus it is with mixed emotions that I finally enter the concert room to behold the evening's first band.

Photos by Jill Weitmann Decome

Nabil Sanaullah of Now, Voyager

Now, Voyager

In spite of the dismal turnout, this Belgian quintet is already enthusing on stage like it's the best, or possibly first show they've ever played, as I enter the room with my companions. Their sound is best described as chaotic hardcore, though it draws from a variety of stylistic influences ranging from the heart wrenching emotion of La Dispute and their kin through the cacophony of early Norma Jean to the progressive and post-metal stylings of The Ocean - a musical palette which ensures even those crowd members who have not heard of Now, Voyager before remain entertained throughout. First and foremost, however, it is the energetic stage presence that these guys have that keeps most eyes glued to them, each member swinging their instrument, throwing threatening poses and generally behaving like the sort of band that would like nothing better than to return to Denmark sooner rather than later to play to a larger audience. So although I feel somewhat awkward nodding along and occasionally headbanging to this stuff in what is practically an empty room, I cannot help but be impressed by this band's live prowess - and of course their songwriting, as demonstrated so aptly by the concluding piece "Tabula Rasa".

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Clean vocalist Olle Johanson of Urma Sellinger

Urma Sellinger

Urma Sellinger, on the other hand, seem far less impressed with the circumstances, and even though they do show a certain degree of intent at making this worth our while, they rush through the shortest set of the evening like a band who cannot wait to get off stage, get on the van, and start looking forward to the next, hopefully more well-attended show. Here we stand firmly in post-hardcore territory, with the band's primary source of inspiration seeming to be their fellow countrymen in Adept - just with two separate vocalists to handle the clean and screaming parts, respectively. In all honesty, I can understand why some people would enjoy music such as this, as there are a number of cool vocal melodies and riffs that strike me as pretty solid. But the clean vocals are so goddamn pre-pubescent it makes my stomach crawl. That, and the whole essence of the band is contrived in today's musical climate, their songs based on predictable and generic pop formulas designed to woo the ladies and youngsters with ease. It all looks and sounds a bit too superficial for my taste, however, and I find myself conceding that this kind of music just isn't for me anymore.

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Christian Höijer of Walking With Strangers

Walking With Strangers

Without a doubt the heaviest band on tonight's bill, Walking With Strangers is the second item on tonight's bill that I have already been acquainted with - supporting Adept here in Denmark some time ago. So I know exactly what I'm in for: a lot of chug, a lot of breakdowns, and a bit of staccato riffage here and there. At this point, given the massive delay to the actual opening of the proceedings tonight, I find myself fairly intoxicated already; certainly enough so to make this worth the band's while with what must look like an extremely stupid attempt at moshing on my own. Others soon join in, however, and by virtue of some activity in the audience, Walking With Strangers actually do not strike me as quite as against my taste as the last time I caught a glimpse of them. Just as was the case with Urma Sellinger, however, their music offers - to me - next to no depth and as such it befalls the band to rely on a noteworthy performance to keep us interested. Sadly, it is no such thing, with stand-in vocalist Elias effectively the only member who has forgotten to glue his shoes to the ground. He makes a number of ventures into the audience to stir things up, but that by itself does not constitute a great show, and most of us are fighting yawns by the latter half of the band's short set.

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Kristan Dawson and Davyd Winter Bates of Bury Tomorrow

Bury Tomorrow

Given their recent rise to stardom, I feel it is reasonable to expect Bury Tomorrow will experience this - their first show ever in Copenhagen - as a sore disappointment. After all, this is band that's used to playing to much bigger audiences by now. Fortunately every one of the 15 to 20 people in attendance are here to watch them; so from the word go the place erupts (as far as that's possible with such a minute crowd) into a frenzy of drunken moshing, violent headbanging and sing-song as Bury Tomorrow treat us to "Lionheart" off their latest record "The Union of Crowns". Brothers Daniel and Davyd Winter Bates on the vocals and bass guitar, respectively, look fueled by this energy unfolding before their eyes, and against all the odds, they lead the remaining members (rhythm guitarist/clean vocalist Jason Cameron, lead guitarist Kristan Dawson and drummer Adam Jackson) into one of the most visually enthralling Bury Tomorrow shows I have seen to date - and I've seen six including this one.

Jason Cameron of Bury Tomorrow

Naturally the singing along is not quite as all-encompassing as it has been the times I have had the pleasure to see them in their hometown Southampton, but we certainly do our best screaming the words of songs like "An Honourable Reign", "You & I" and "Redeemer" back at them from the top of our lungs. Yours truly even finds his ankle twisted at some point during the five-man-madness that is the evening's moshpit by the same pool of beer that sends the bass toting brother Winter Bates flying to the floor from whence he proceeds to deliver the rest of "Waxed Wings" with a wide grin on his face, lying on his back in the puddle. After this yours truly allegedly dangles from the rafters for a while before slamming his feet down at the beginning of the breakdown in closing track "Royal Blood" - much to everyone's amusement. Seriously though, I cannot but be impressed by how much Bury Tomorrow are willing to invest into such an embarrasing turnout. The brother Winter Bates with the microphone in particular exudes an air of threat with an array of mean glances and confrontational poses, and it sounds heartfelt when he announces that this will not be the last time Bury Tomorrow perform in Copenhagen. Job well done, tiny crowd; and even better, the band.

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Setlist:

  • Lionheart
  • Sceptres
  • An Honourable Reign
  • Waxed Wings
  • You & I
  • Redeemer
  • Knight Life
  • Royal Blood

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