and hardcore heroes Stray From The Path also decimate the capital
PLUS: CAPSIZE, OBEY THE BRAVE UNDERWORLD, LONDON. 05.10.17 NEW YORK METALCORE GANG MIX FURY AND FUN. AND MOSHING
■ IT’S HARD not to imagine that the Underworld was built with bands like Stray From The Path in mind. Between the hunched ceilings and its tight dancefloor that presses against the stage, the venue’s layout is perfect for getting the New Yorkers’ hot-headed metalcore up in everyone’s face.with the political rage of the band’s new record Only Death Is Real charging things to full-fury, it all amounts to a powerful set that’s streaked through with mayhem.
Along for the ride are opening Canadian moshers Obey The Brave.they admit to being “jet-lagged as fuck”, and indeed vocalist Alex Erian looks like he’s moving about in slow-motion between throaty outbursts. Maybe it’s to build some tension; maybe it’s because he’s a bit sleepy. Following them are Californians Capsize. A crunchy sound threatens to wash the colour from their urgent post-hardcore, but a whiplash-intensity overrides an impressive set that could be prescribed to anyone experiencing a letlive.-shaped hole in their life.
“We feel it’s important to use this platform that we have,” announces Stray From The Path’s frontman Andrew ‘Drew York’ Dijorio early into their set, his bleach-blond hair oiled back with sweat. There’s a fiery activist charge that runs thick through every beat and lyric from the four-piece which, when paired with their gargantuan hardcore sound, makes them look a bit like both David and Goliath at the same time. But the politics are carefully woven in with the music, and there are no big speeches.and even as songs with titles like Goodnight Alt-right and Plead The Fifth are belted out, the band’s hip-hop swagger and courtside cool ensures that, tonight, it’s only goodtimes energy that they’re emitting.