August Burns Red at The Academy – Review & Photos
August Burns Red – The Academy, Dublin -February 8th 2014
Tonight is August Burns Red’s first show in Dublin since 2008, and from the excitement I see in the queue, this show is long overdue. The doors open and everyone makes their way inside, saying hi to friends that may live far away and not see very often. Tonight’s show isn’t just about the music, tonight is also about all these friendships coming back together and spending an amazing night at a gig together (which was clearly overdue too). For the crowd gathered here tonight, it’s definitely a night to remember.
Tonight’s first support act, Being as an Ocean open their set with energy and sing-a-longs right from the start. Their frontman, Joel Quartuccio clearly loves the interaction with the crowd and is definitely feeding off the energy of the Being as an Ocean fans in the crowd. The microphone is given a lot into the crowd, giving fans the chance to sing with a vocalist they admire; such an awesome thing for a vocalist to do, and many fans’ dreams came true right there and then! Joel also ends up in the crowd singing and doing his thing with the crowd! They play a surprisingly short set list including tracks such as ‘Dear G-D’, ‘Salute e Vita’ and ‘Save the Power They’re Given’. Overall, it was a great performance; a nice sized crowd, strong vocals and a lot of passion.
Hundredth were not what I was expecting. Frontman Chadwick Johnson takes to the stage and front flips from the stage into the crowd to open their incredible set tonight. There is so much energy from this band and they clearly love the crowd reaction they’re receiving. During the set, Chadwick places a piece of tape on a microphone stand by the drumkit and tells the crowd whoever could beat security, get on stage and get the piece of tape could have any shirt they wanted from the merch stand. I’ve never seen so many bodies trying to get on stage before in my life! The winner was a young girl I caught out of the corner of my eye: she snuck around the corner, climbed the barrier and squeezed herself through a set of amps to get on stage! Tracks such as ‘Carry on’ and ‘Free Mind/Open Spirit’ went down awesomely with the crowd. They’re one of the most energetic bands I’ve ever seen. This is definitely a band to keep an eye on!
The anticipation before tonight’s headliners hit the stage is crazy. Everyone is so hyped and dying to see tonight’s headliners. The lights dim and the band take to the stage and open with ‘Provision’. This crowd is sucked in already. 6 years is definitely too long for this band to stay away from fans as dedicated as the ones I see tonight. This is a band that hadn’t been here in 6 years and was here to make up those 6 years in one night, and so they do. Ripping through hits such as ‘Cutting the Ties’, ‘Back Burner’, ‘Meddler’ and ‘Empire’, this is a show made for aggression and pits. This is a show that caters for every fan, be it the older fans (playing stuff from 2008’s ‘Leveler’) to the newer fans (playing songs off 2013’s ‘Rescue & Restore’) and everyone in between; from the men (countless amounts of moshpits and walls of death tonight) to the women (frontman Jake Luhrs calls for a circle pit just for the women in the crowd, something I’d never seen before). It’s a show that definitely kept you on your toes, forever hoping the next song isn’t their last. Of course, the last song came in the form of ‘White Washed’. This crowd however, have not had enough and scream “ONE MORE TUNE!” as loud as their lungs will allow, and August Burns Red don’t disappoint. They return and play their hit ‘Composure’, which sends the place into total insanity with one of the biggest pits of the tonight and one of loudest sing-a-longs.
So did they make up for their 6 year absence? Definitely. Tonight’s show was raw, aggressive, sweaty and packed a punch. Here’s hoping their next stop here isn’t 6 years away (again!)
Review by Shauna Collins
Photos by David Doyle