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Review: Slaves (US) at the Underworld

Music, Radio, Reviews

Review: Slaves (US) at the Underworld

2 weeks ago
By Anne Pfalzgraf

The doors into Camden’s Underworld opened for another concert.

The American post-hardcore band Slaves (US) played a sold-out show in Camden as part of their ‘The Beautiful Death Tour’. Founded in 2014, the band consist of Jonny Craig (vocals), Colin Vieira (bass) and Weston Richmond (guitar). Their musical style combines Jonny’s soulful, melodic and roughly screamed vocals with heavy guitars. The lyrics are written on a personal and emotional basis.

The alternative club opened at around 7pm, and was divided into the bar and the concert room with a capacity for around 1300 people. As special guests there have been three bands announced. The First band was the London based melodic hardcore band The City Is Ours, followed by the Coventry based metal band Screaming Blue Murder and the US post-hardcore band Outline In Color. The crowd (mainly younger adults and students) was hard to motivate at the beginning but got more engaging during the performance of Outline In Color who turned into Trevor’s (vocals) side-project Shamecult for two songs before he joined the crowd on the floor and convinced them to move along. The melancholic vibes of The City Is Ours waked the audience’s attention at the beginning. Screaming Blue Murder brought a lot of energy with their heavy guitar sounds and mainly screamed vocals.

When Slaves finally entered the stage, the room was fully crowded, and the audience hyped. Everyone sang along and engaged in the performance. They played a mix of their older songs and some of their upcoming album. Jonny’s voice was on point and the other band members’ performance great. Despite a technical issue, the motivation and energy stayed high, as Jonny entertained the crowd. In the end there were many crowd surfers – even Colin (bass) and Felipe (guitar) surfed the crowd. They were very grateful and thanked the audience which was greatly appreciated by their fans. The lighting for all four bands was very basic which created an intimate atmosphere. Only Screaming Blue Murder had additional screens and light boxes. The sound was good as the mix between the instruments and vocals was clear.

Overall, the performance of all four bands was great, Slaves especially delivered an amazing performance. The crowd was difficult giving the first bands a hard time, but nevertheless, their shows have been great, and they enjoyed being on stage. With Slaves on stage, the crowd went crazy and sung on the top of their lungs, creating an amazing atmosphere.