Tuesday night saw Every Time I Die bring their southern rock tinged hardcore to a sold out Manchester Academy 2, thus reaching the end of an 18 shows in 18 days run across mainland Europe and the UK.
Nearly two decades into their career, 2016 saw the Buffalo natives release their 8th and, to-date, best full length record ‘Low Teens’, and it’s no surprise that a large chunk of tonight’s set is lifted from the critically acclaimed record.
Showing little sign of tour weariness, the five-piece took to the stage with frontman Keith Buckley looking like a plaid shirted messiah as he showcased his vocal range. Whether it be the throat-shredding screams of 2003’s ‘Floater’ or the slower, almost croon, of the excellent ‘It Remembers’, Buckley’s delivery was never any less than stellar and was thrown right back at him by a whole crowd c-bomb during THAT refrain in ‘Bored Stiff’.
This isn’t to say that ETID are a one-man-band. Guitarist/pro-wrestler/facial hair aficionado Andy Williams remains a sight to behold, towering over the crowd and providing the quality of riffs that make this band peerless. Special mentions also have to go to Keith’s baby brother, guitarist Jordan, for playing 13 of the 18 shows with a broken foot and for pulling out some hair whipping that wouldn’t go amiss at a Little Mix concert, and to drummer “Goose” who joined the band in October after the departure of Daniel Davison. It takes a special kind of guy to jump behind the kit and flawlessly smash his way through 2 tours, already forming a solid rhythm section with bassist Stephen Micciche.
Having said that, it’s very hard to attend an ETID gig without being blown away by Buckley senior’s performance. Ploughing through their set, the frontman doesn’t say much but manages to offer completely unnecessary encouragement for crowdsurfers to make their way “over this ugly barrier” to “the crowd surfing anthem of 2017”, ‘We’rewolf’, as well as shouting out security for keeping everyone safe and “the old guys who saw us play Manchester with Chimaira in 2004” before launching into ‘Romeo A Go Go’.
Ending the show with a 1-2 of Low Teens’ closing track, ‘Map Change’ and the ferocious album opener, ‘Fear & Trembling’, Every Time I Die manage to send the crowd home happy, and with slightly worse hearing than when they arrived.