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Review: Our Last Night at the Garage
Can a broken ankle stop a tour? Not if it is Our Last Night!
The American post-hardcore band, currently consisting of the brothers Trevor (vocals) and Matt (guitar, vocals) Wentworth, as well as Alex Woodrow (bass) and Tim Molly (drums), came to The Garage in London during their ‘Selective Hearing Tour’. Musically, Our Last Night shows influences of post-hardcore, metalcore and alternative rock, by mixing clean and screamed vocals with heavy guitar sounds. On the latest release ‘Selective Hearing’, the songs are more melodic and contain more clean vocals than the older releases.
The Garage, known as an indie and rock venue, opened its doors at around 6pm for a capacity of around 600 mostly older teenagers. The first band of the evening was the South Africa-born and London-based alternative rock trio New Volume. Tyron Layley, Ryan Morris and Adam Jenkins presented a mix of a rock guitar sounds and electric synths which worked great in the venue. Holding Absence were the second band and showed a unique blend of emotive post-hardcore with influences of a variety of different genres. With the mix of the screamed and clean vocals, underlined with the heavy guitar sound and emotional synthesisers, Lucas Woodland, Feisal El-Khatzragi, Giorgio Cantarutti, James Joseph and Ashley Green created a dark and electric atmosphere.
The crowd was highly engaging. Everyone enjoyed the bands, sang along, and there were many crowd surfers. Even Alex Woodrow jumped into the crowd, got carried to the bar and back to the stage, while the rest of Our Last Night played ‘Dark Storms’. All three bands enjoyed their time on stage and delivered a great performance. Tim Molly played the whole set with his broken ankle perfectly. In the middle of the set Trevor and Matt played a few acoustic songs, followed by the cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’. The sound and lighting were great as well and suited each band perfectly. While Holding Absence kept the light simple and rather dark to create a mystic atmosphere, New Volume had more colourful lights and Our Last Night had a colourful and energetic light show with confetti in the end. The sound had the right mix and the vocals could be heard clearly which created a pleasant listening experience.
This sold out concert could not be stopped by a broken ankle. The performance of all three bands was great and both, the crowd and artists enjoyed the evening.