February 19th, it is at the James Hetfeeld’s Pub that our partners in One HeartBeat Productions gathered us for a real intimate show with the british melodic metalcore band High Hopes and three local bands Ghost Around My Ear, Betray The Order and Twelve.
Due to some scheduling issues, we got to the venue a bit late to catch Twelve‘s set, but we made to watch Betray The Order‘s performance. Based right here, in the french capital, the quintet headed on stage to perform a short set of a heavy deathcore. They rather surprised the crowd by playing some saxophone, with some melodic phases, but unfortunately the crowd wasn’t much receptive, and the fact that most members didn’t really seem comfortable on stage wasn’t helping. However, everyone in the room sticked throughout the whole performance and recognized the band’s efforts. Deathcore is still a music genre that is hard to appreciate, especially when attending a post-hardcore show, and you obviously need a real musical print to be appreciated and stand out from what’s already out there.
A few moments after Betray The Order got off the stage, another french band was getting ready to perform to the few people in the room. Based in Paris as well, Ghost Around My Ear is a metal band led by two vocalists, a male and a female, who was switching from clean to screamed vocals. In a completely different register from the previous band, Ghost Around My Ear brought their own flavor to the mood in the room which was filled by the formation’s friends. The band delivered an interesting performance that people in the audience seemed to appreciate but with which we had trouble connecting.
It is in an almost empty room that High Hopes will start their set (we may have heard the singer joking about it with the bartender ‘Look at this packed room’). But fortunately, right at the beginning, more and more people were showing up to get to know the british band. And I have to say, that they clearly made the right decision, because High Hopes will turn out to be a delight to watch on stage. We might have heard of High Hopes before and they seemed like a good band, but nothing got us prepared to having such a good time tonight. Everyone got right in the mood, whether they were head banging or moshing (or trying to), and the band stage presence, especially charismatic vocalist Nick Brooks, made it easier for everyone to enjoy the moment. And despite the technical problems (we noticed that the bassist Shaun has stopped playing), the whole room was filled with good vibes. After a 6 songs set (such as Days Fade To Grey, Young At Heart), High Hopes will be asked on stage for one more, Black And Blue, and then again, for another more, Endurance. Most of the songs played by the band tonight were taken out of their great latest release ‘Self Revival’, out since November 11th, that you should definitely check out!
We just hope that in the near future, more and more people will want to support these small shows and these rising bands, because it is truly in these intimate venues that we get to feel the power of music we love.