Post-hardcore band OUR LAST NIGHT stormed into Manchester for an intimate show at Sound Control on New Wakefield Street as part of their 2015 World Tour.
The New Hampshire outfit were welcomed onto the stage to a thunderous roar despite there only being a half capacity crowd that registered a wee bit on the high-pitched side but several gentlemen also voiced their appreciation from start to finish.
After working their way through tracks from their latest EP Oak Island and most recent album Age of Ignorance, including the opening song “Same Old War”, the boys slipped in covers of Adele’s “Skyfall” and Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” which both had the rickety old floor begging for mercy.
Our Last Night ended the initial set with a “Sunrise” – the band’s personal song against bullying in partnership with the Bully Project – and the reception was immense with everyone singing loudly along, like that had done throughout, while also reaching for lead vocalist Trevor Wentworth who obliged by standing right at the barrier.
Overall, the performance was not flashy by any means, but it didn’t need to be. There was an understood connection between both the audience and musicians and the quartet consisting of Trevor and Matt Wentworth, Alex Woodrow and Tim Molloy were on point, playing every song with album precision. They were not afraid to
Although a nice touch that gave a storybook feel was the inclusion of quotes by Alan Watts, an inspirational figure for the band and several of their songs, as well as Ghandi and Howard Beale’s monologue from the 1976 film Network.
And while opening act EMPIRES FADE put on a tremendous performance with thumping bass lines booming underneath the crowd’s feet, PALISADES, although unique and energetic judging by the reaction, they are a testament to the fact people these days will listen to literally anything.
That said, the bright spot for Palisades was when bassist Brandon Sidney stepped up to the microphone and unleashed the voice of an angel. Somewhere Jack Black is going, “nice pipes”.
Along with debuting a new song entitled “Coming Home” which earnt the seal of approval, the group announced that it would be on their new album due out in the summer.
The song builds on the sound heard on Oak Island with an added maturity – it definitely heightened anticipation for the new release.
And much to the delight of the waiting fans, Our Last Night walked back out on stage for a lone encore of “I’ve Never Felt This Way Before”.
“From time to time there arise among human beings people who seem exude love as naturally as the sun gives out heat.”