Published Nov 06, 2008Surprisingly things were very timely when Torontos Gone Hollywood were on stage a half-hour after doors opened. Their set wasnt very long, maybe 30 minutes, but in that time they made good use of it by performing a large quantity of their newest hardcore release, The Great White EP.
Im not too sure if its good that the transition from the opening act to Stick To Your Guns was so seamless that I was squinting to see if Gone Hollywood were given an extended set. Turns out it was STUG belting out a more up-tempo and crushing version of tough guy hardcore. Their set was furious but lost its way due to some technical difficulties and then dipped into the political situation that was residing in the U.S. Although vocalist Jesse Barnett was adamant that Barack Obama be elected into office he wasnt alone as this theme was reoccurring. In between all the chitchat, STUGs set was a combination of For What Its Worth and their newest release, Comes From The Heart, which by the end of the night was difficult to remember.
The Bronx may not be slam dancing hardcore, but they know how to kick ass and take names when theyre on stage. Their combination of metal and punk was certainly the stand out sound of the night but the response from the crowd was unwavering with approval and was reminiscent of a crowd before people flung their arms around like seizuring octopi. Front-man Matt Caughthran had a quick word about the election but elected to stay on topic and kept the music pumping out from both the self-titled and The Bronx II albums playing great punk tracks like "Heart Attack American, "Shitty Future and "Historys Stranglers, where he made his way into the pit and finished out the song amongst his fans thrashing around him like the eye of a storm.
Then came the chants, "ETID, ETID, ETID, which isnt anything out of the ordinary at an Every Time I Die show. The band came out with their typical grungy looks, Andy Williams was sans beard but had a dirty moustache, and Josh Newton, formerly of From Autumn To Ashes, was manning the bass. They started their night oddly with "Ebolarama from Hot Damn!, which isnt that bizarre, but performed it at half the tempo that it has always been played at.
Toronto must love Every Time I Die considering how the crowd sang along to every word, clapped to every part and swayed like their music was the wind. Half way through their set ETID were back to their good old dirt metal/rock selves crushing out tracks like "Off Broadway, "Floater, "No Son of Mine, "Apocalypse Now and Then, and "The New Black, and there was a special appearance from Dallas Green to do vocals for "INRIhab, which was a first. For what started off as a set that was sketchier than a Buffalo hooker by the end they were as sweet as a drunk dialled booty call.