The last week has been a bit of a blur for me. Not only am I fully immersed in quarterly reports in my full time job, but I also somehow ended up with 4 days of concerts in 6 days. The first of these was Underoath and Bring Me The Horizon at The Shrine in Los Angeles.
Full disclosure: I’ve never been a big fan of Bring Me The Horizon, and I liked Underoath live when I was younger and needed a band to watch at Warped Tour. Therefore, this show was a bit of an exploratory time for me, where I went to keep my friend company and see if my mind could be changed.
Florida’s hardcore band, Underoath, played to the largest crowd I could imagine for them, especially with the last time I saw the band play being at Warped Tour 2009. They stuck to a variety of their old tracks, catering to the older crowd that was present.
Bring Me The Horizon came on, and the crowd went wild. I wanted to really observe the band’s energy live, because in the past, I was too close to the difficulty of the pit. They played a majority of songs off their fifth release, That’s The Spirit. This was also the band’s biggest Los Angeles date, with the show not even taking place inside The Shrine, but the performance actually took place outside the auditorium. I was amazed and the energy and charisma lead vocalist Oliver Sykes had on stage, and the passion of the crowd blew my mind. I watched people burst into tears as certain songs began, I watched people dance with the biggest smiles on their faces, and I watched people gaze in amazement at the band.
Overall while I originally attended the show to keep my friend company as she watched a favorite band and a nostalgia band of hers, I left a fan. Bring Me The Horizon’s newest music is reminiscent of hardcore punk, and the energy that surged from the band and to the crowd captivated me.