A full seven years after supporting British veterans Hundred Reasons alongside some band called Biffy Clyro, Senses Fail are back in Liverpool. They’ve brought with them a top bill filled with local and international talent for what promises to be a brilliant night.
Openers Flying With Style are difficult to judge. You sense that they could become a solid live act with a little more stage presence and the release of an EP under their belts, but tonight their set is disrupted by covers of Rihannah’s “Umbrella” and “Dear Maria, Count Me In” by All Time Low.
Regardless, the band’s raw, melodic sound holds much promise for the future, with closing track “Chase The Nightmare” showing particular potential.
By rights, Sydney Chasing Safety should have a torrid time tonight. With two band members suffering from ‘flu and a false start courtesy of a detuned guitar, it doesn’t look good for the Merseyside outfit.
However, lead singer Tezz Robert’s stirring vocals and the band’s winding guitar lines on new song “Fires Work” and a fiery “Hey Baby, Let’s Dance” serve to lift the room and provide an impressive end to the set.
Man Overboard may not be headlining tonight, but the moment that they take to the stage and blast out the title track from their latest album, Real Talk, large pockets of the room are theirs.
While they may not be as tight or accomplished as some other bands, their live show is brilliant fun. Tracks like “The Real You” and “Al Sharpton” are three-minute blasts of energy, tailor-made to get a room moving and the Liverpool crowd does just that.
Triumphant closer “Love Your Friends, Die Laughing” caps a set that threatens to upstage the headline act, such is the energy and intensity of Man Overboard’s set tonight.
Senses Fail bound onstage for the last night of the tour and play a frenzied “Rum Is For Drinking, Not For Burning” like they mean it. An excellent, galloping “Wolves At The Door” showcases the vocal ability of guitarist Zack Roach before the crowd reach fever pitch for old favourite “Buried A Lie”.
It’s a testament to the band’s earlier releases that songs like “Bite To Break Skin” and “You’re Cute When You Scream” go down much better than more recent material, with “The Fire” in particular prompting a lull in crowd energy. Indeed, 2006’s “Can’t Be Saved” proves to be the highlight of the night, with the whole room in the palm of singer Buddy Nielsen’s hand.
After such a brilliant song, anything would be a comedown, but “187” still serves to end the night on a high and leaves the entire room crowd hoping that it doesn’t take another seven years for Senses Fail to come back to Liverpool.
The Real You
They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To
She’s Got Her Own Man Now
Love Your Friends, Die Laughing
Rum Is For Drinking, Not For Burning
Wolves At The Door
Calling All Cars
Buried A Lie
Lungs Like Gallows
Bite To Break Skin
You’re Cute When You Scream
New Year’s Eve
Can’t Be Saved