The Rise Up Tour Live At KOKO, London, 30th November 2016

Memphis May Fire on stage for The Rise Up Tour at KOKO London on 30th November 2016

Rise Records’ best bands descended on the UK last month when The Rise Up Tour arrived in London, headed up by Memphis May Fire.

Openers Like Moths to Flames [7] are a higher quality support than your basic opening band, their brand of energetic high octane hardcore infusing the crowd with their energy. A set time of 7.15 means that the band are faced with a smaller crowd, but one that welcomes them with enthusiasm. The only issue with this is that as the set draws on, and the numbers in attendance start to increased, those that have not yet warmed up and are still static begin to stick out.

The band don’t let this deter them however, and power through a short punchy set that perhaps could do with a little less volume in the drums, which drown out the sound of the rest of the band.

The Devil Wears Prada [6] are up next, presenting the crowd with a more technical edge. As vocalist, Mike Hranica, clambers over the stage, he proves popular with the ever-increasing crowd, but the muddy sound of the vocals seems to make everything blend together, removing any punch that the band should have. However, this has little effect on the crowd, who respond enthusiastically, increasing in energy as the set begins to pick up a little more bounce.

Silverstein [8] however prove that having 16 years experience makes a huge difference. From the moment they step out on to the stage then project an air of experience, with better crowd interaction and a back catalogue of songs that receive instant recognition and cheers. Shane Told’s clear precise vocals ring out over the crowd, over the still slightly  too heavy drums, as voices sing back to him in response.

All of this leads to a much more responsive crowd, as the band play song after song that are clearly recognised and enjoyed. As the final two songs of the set come on, those watching are clearly disappointed that the set has to come to an end.

Finally, Memphis May Fire [9] step on to the stage, to a roar from the crowd. As Matty Mullins swaggers across the stage like he owns it, the band behind him bring the crowd to a fever pitch with their performance. Sure footed and confident, the band clearly show that they are in sync with each other, feeding off each other’s energy. Mullins is an enigmatic frontman that draws the crowd in with his charm, and they warm to him very quickly, bouncing around from the get go.

Despite being a much younger band than Silverstein, their entertainment value and power of their performance clearly show that they are the correct headliner for the evening, putting on an impressive performance of older songs, and those from their newly released album, This Light I Hold.



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