We walked through the door as Canterbury were belting out one of their tunes, I was taken aback by their confidence, ability and how young they were! These guys were younger than Youmeatsix, and that takes some doing… However, they were good, playing catchy, sing along pop/rock tunes with echoes of Youmeatsix and Enter Shikari but a little less edgy. One for the future for sure!
Cancer Bats hit the stage next, all beards, long hair and riffs… Despite hailing from Toronto, Canada these guys could easily sit alongside Down in the NOLA style even so far as to say that they look like Down but 20 years younger… The grinding riffs of Scott Middleton matched by the bass tones of Jaye R. Schwarzer accompanied by the beats of Mike Peters. Liam Cormier Joined his band mates on stage and the onslaught began… Highlights from the set were ‘Lucifer’s Rocking Chair’, ‘Pneumonia Hawk’ and the anthemic ‘Hail Destroyer’. A band definitely on the up!
After seeing Billy Talent at Download 2009 and being totally blown away by them I was certainly looking forward to seeing them again in the more intimate surroundings of Rock City. I wasn’t disappointed, a non-stop cavalcade of intricate riffs from the awesome Ian D’Sa and the livewire vocals of Ben Kowalewicz more than ably backed up on the bass by Jon Gallant and drums by Aaron Solowoniuk. A good mixture of songs from all three albums were played with the obvious leaning towards their latest release “Billy Talent III”. Both the crowd and the band seemed to be thoroughly enjoying being at Rock City, thriving of the energy of each other! It’s difficult to pick out highlights from the set as the whole show was amazing but ‘Falling Leaves’, ‘Try Honesty’ and the finale ‘Red Flag’ were three that really got the crowd going. It was one of those shows that nobody wanted to end, I look forward to seeing Billy Talent play again and the sooner the better!