Heavy Metal Reviews

Location: Luxor, Cologne

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Young Guns with Your Demise and Don Broco

Heavy Metal Reviews

(1th Nov 2012) It‘s great to see that YOUNG GUNS are doing pretty well by now. Two years earlier nobody on the European mainland even knew that UK rock outfit and now they are headliners of the Vans Off The Wall Music Nights tour that takes part all over Europe and the UK. There are YOUR DEMISE on the billing as well as the newcomers in DON BROCO.

The Luxor isn‘t my favourite venue in Cologne. If the concerts are close to sold out or sold out you feel like you are somewhere tropical because you sweat just when you stand far away from the stage. But tonight the venue is crowded, not overcrowded. There are about 250 kids (and some partents) that bought tickets for the show.

The fourpiece DON BROCO are the first band that enters the stage tonight. The band just put out their debut record Paraleils but it seems like a few people know them - mostly girls under 16 years. The music sounds like a mix of older BIFFY CLYRO, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE without rapping and YOU ME AT SIX. They‘ve got their best moments when they do straight forward rock. The same goes with their performance. When they all do the same dance moves it kind of looks like they don‘t let themselves go. This might work out in pop shows with 25 background dancers but not at a rock show.

YOUR DEMISE know how to put on a good show. The British hardcore-goes-pop-punk band normally headlines show which are bigger than this one. Though, tonight it looks like there are a bunch of dudes waiting for some pit action while their girlfriends are looking forward to YOUNG GUNS. From the first seconds there is a small but fine moshpit and right in front of the barrier are kids grabbing for microphone. The band itself is in a good shape and it‘s obvious that they have fun, especially during the more melodic stuff of their recent record The Golden Age. Even though the clean vocals of pop punk smasher These Lights aren‘t in tune all the time you can see that band and audience have a real good time during these two and a half minutes. The crowd seems to love the oldest tune, Burnt Tongue, though.

But most of the crowd waits for YOUNG GUNS. As I saw them at their first German show in April 2012, where they opened for MADINA LAKE, about five people even knew the band. But from tour to tour, where they have supported the likes of ALL TIME LOW, LOSTPROPHETS, DANKO JONES or STORY OF THE YEAR, the boys around singer Gust Wood always gained more popularity. So it‘s nice to see them doing their first headline show in Cologne (and Nordrhein Westfalen).

Tonight they start with the ass-kicking Dearly Departed. The crowd is jumping since second one and the girls in the first few rows are singing along loud and clear. The rockers themselves are in a good shape and it‘s obvious that they‘ve gained a lot of knowledge and expierence as a live band. They do all the right moves to get the crowd wild. But that quite easy if you take a look at their setlist, which consists of their two albums All Our Kings Are Dead and their most recent work, this years‘ Bones. But they also play Daughter Of The Sea and Weight Of The World from their debut ep Mirrors.

This is by far one of the best shows I have ever seen bei YOUNG GUNS. The band played very well, the setlist was great, it even included Crystal Clear and the 60 minutes of their show were a total rush. And if life‘s fair to them, they‘ll play even bigger shows next time.

Text © by Sebastian Berning