Gig review: ESCAPE THE FATE – Electric Ballroom, Camden, 30 October 2014

Thursday the 30thof October 2014; the Camden nightlife is buzzing, the air outside is cold and I am dragging my reluctant 46 year old father to see hardcore rock band Escape The Fate. It’s been a good long while since I’ve been to a concert, and ETF has been on my list of bands-I-need-to-see-live-before-I-kick-the-bucket lists for quite some time now.

Support bands were Californian rockers New Year’s Day and British quartet Glamour Of the Kill. Both were astounding and the perfect warm-up for the main act. New Year’s Day kicked off the night with various songs, including numbers from their most recent album ‘Victim To The Villain’ (2013). Personally, I’m not such a big fan of some female-fronted bands, but NYD have definitely changed my mind about that. Front-woman Ashley Costello possesses an amazing vocal range and a somewhat unique voice, with slight similarities to that of Lacey Strum (ex. Flyleaf), or at least that’s what I thought. Glamour Of The Kill followed – with a few songs akin to The Blackout – but very enjoyable regardless.

Escape The Fate began their set with ‘You’re Insane’, from the album ‘Ungrateful’ (2013), which was a great start to the evening’s main event. After that was ‘Gorgeous Nightmare’ and ‘10 Miles Wide’, both complete with awesome guitar solos and an abundance of jumping/headbanging from the crowd.

You’d expect your average band to perhaps falter a few notes after this time, especially as it was their last day of tour, but Escape The Fate kept their performance constantly flawless throughout, with front man Craig Mabbit’s voice not spiralling out of tune at any time, which is rather impressive considering his duty of both singing and occasional screaming.

Next was ‘Live Fast, Die Beautiful’; also from ‘Ungrateful’, with powerful riffs and a catchy chorus, followed by ‘Until We Die’ before moving onto ‘Picture Perfect’ – a much slower, mellower tune in comparison with their usual material. It’s one of my personal favourites, with clever lyrics and a memorable melody (not to mention it was co-written by Patrick Stump….I mean, what’s not to like), and being able to see it performed live was incredible.

Getting back into the more ‘old school’ songs, was ‘Ashley’ with guest vocals from Ashley of New Year’s Day. It’s definitely one of ETF’s more pop punk-inspired numbers, adding a little spice to the otherwise slightly monotonous genre of post-hardcore. Later on came ‘The Flood’ and ‘Fire It Up’ – both being quite popular with the crowd. Penultimate was ‘Ungrateful’ and finally ‘One For The Money’ with choruses that just get you pumped up and let you go home with that post-concert feel good vibe.

Overall, it was an amazing set, not to mention completely flawless; you can’t really expect any less from Escape The Fate. With numerous mosh pits, circle pits and even a wall of death, it’s really interesting to see how people show their appreciation for good music. A huge pat on the back for all the musicians also, as without them it wouldn’t have been the same. Definitely a concert I will remember for a good few years to come!

New Years Day – for fans of In This Moment, Flyleaf
Glamour Of The Kill – for fans of The Blackout, The Used

Review by Jasmine Ritchie

Interview with drummer Robert Ortiz from 2013

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Power Plays w/c 14 October (Mon-Fri)

SANGUINE Ignite (Odyssey Music)
GOODBYE JUNE Switchblade Heart (Earache)
SAINTS OF SIN Nasty Love (indie)
FLYING COLORS The Loss Inside (Mascot)
KEYWEST C’est La Vie (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 14 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANGER ZONE Don’t Count On Heroes (Pride & Joy Music)
12:00-13:00 ECLIPSE Paradigm (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 GALLAGHER & LYLE Live at De Montfort Hall, 1977 (The Store For Music)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

ROBIN TROWER In The Line Of Fire (1990)

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