And now, to business...
In recent years Parkway Drive have been one of the few bands to keep me interested in metalcore, ever since the horrible change in style that saw bands adding irritating pop-punk style clean choruses and breakdowns every other second whereas before the music was tastefully written and contained actually pleasant vocals. Parkway Drive chose to follow on from As I Lay Dying's template of minimal to no clean vocals and a fast paced breakdown ridden but well structured song style. These 5 Australians had got me interested in metalcore again and I was grateful. After seeing their excellent set at Sonisphere UK last year and hearing their great new album Atlas I thought it would be nice to see them again.
Trekking down to London with a couple of friends who wished to see the band having never done so before, we made our way to Camden, familiar territory for me, and after a quick bite to eat, we arrived at the roundhouse. When we got inside the surprisingly packed venue despite tickets still being on sale at the box office we had no idea what was in store for us.
|Cuz we're the bestest :D|
When Emmure (7) take to the stage things start to improve. Now I can't stand Emmure in general, I find them tacky and uninteresting, apart from the hilarious "Drug Dealer Friend". But they manage to get the crowd interested which is better than nothing.
However, around this point I started to notice things going wrong, more people were crowding in where there wasn't really the room, everyone was becoming far more aggressive and jostling for room, making it hard to concentrate on the music let alone enjoy it. I thought nothing of it for the time being.
I must also point out the majority of the fans there that night are people I can only describe as "Core Kids". Most of the crowd consisted of either very effeminate looking guys covered in shitty pointless tattoos and wearing skinny jeans, plimsoles, vests and snapbacks. Or older guys who were keen to make sure everyone knew how they were "hardcore as fuck". Lots of others were sporting check shirts and slicked back hair in a clear attempt to imitate Winston McCall. All of these people annoy me immensely without even trying but the way some of them behaved is ridiculous, however I'll get to that shortly.
All I can say is that while I enjoyed Parkway Drive I was appalled by some of the fans, I have now discovered a fan had received a broken arm and was just left on the floor to fend for himself at some point in the night. I can definitely say I'm not in a hurry to go to a gig like that again.
Parkway Drive Setlist:
- Old Ghosts/New Regrets
- Wild Eyes
- Romance Is Dead
- Deliver Me
- Dark Days
- Dead Man's Chest
- Idols & Anchors
- Blue & The Grey
- Home Is For The Heartless