BERKELEY — Every Time I Die brought its 20 Years of Bullshit tour to the UC Theatre Friday in a night full of chaos.
For the Buffalo, New York band, an explosion of energy was the perfect way to celebrate 20 years of being a band. They did it the best way they could, as a chaotic and hyperkinetic band with an out-of-control performance.
Every Time I Die went played three songs from each of its albums, showing the band’s evolution in the sound. The band started with “Emergency Broadcast Syndrome,” from 2001’s metalcore Late Night in Town, with Jordan Buckley’s and Andy Williams’ dissonant guitar chords. It continued with Keith Buckley intensely singing, “Tonight I’m coming home in a coma if it fucking kills me!” off “Romeo a Go-Go.” “Floater” and “Ebolarama,” from 2003’s Hot Damn! followed.
The show continued with a more post-hardcore and mathcore sound, with repetitive riffs on “Apocalypse Now and Then,” “Bored Stiff” and “The New Black,” from 2005’s Gutter Phenomenon. Every Time I Die followed this with Southern rock and hardcore from 2007’s The Big Dirty and 2009’s New Junk Aesthetic. These albums had a more dense sound, with Stephen Micciche’s bass and more constant and fewer off-time beats by drummer Clayton Holyoak.
The band closed the show with the three singles from its most recent release, 2016’s Low Teens: “It Remembers,” “The Coin Has a Say” and “Map Change.”
Baltimore hardcore punk band Turnstile explored new sounds on its 2018 album, Time and Space, and that showed during its set. The band opened with the soft jazzy sounds of “Disco” and “Real Thing,” a song that opens the album with Brendan Yates’ hardcore punk vocals but is very groovy with a lot of breakdowns by guitarist Brady Ebert and bassist Pat McCrory. They continued with “Big Smile,” which was more of a garage and punk crossover.
Yates, the frontman, has clearly been in the hardcore scene for a while, which was noticeable in how he connected with the audience and how he moved on stage.
After playing some new songs, Turnstile went back to its 2013 EP, Step 2 Rhythm, with “Canned Heat.” The song had a rougher sound, closer to two-step hardcore, with drummer Daniel Fang’s sloshing hi-hat cymbals and mid-tempo beats. The band also played songs off of Time and Space, which is less explorative in terms of different sounds, and 2015’s Non Stop Feelings.
The set continued with songs from Non Stop Feeling like “Drop” and “Blue By You,” and more alt-rock from Time and Space: “Bomb” and “I Don’t Wanna Be Blind.”
The band finished with two cuts from EP Step 2 Rhythm: “7” and “Keep It Moving.” These songs broke the limitations of hardcore punk with ’80s punk and ’90s grunge influences.
Punk band Angel Du$t included Daniel Fang and Pat McCrory from Turnstile, as well as singer Justice Tripp from Trapped Under Ice. The band preceded Turnstile with a lot of fast and heavy riffs and sing-along choruses. The songs were very catchy with a ’90s alt-rock sound. “Big Ass Love” and “Take Away The Pain,” from the band’s 2018 EP, Big Ass Love/Take Away The Pain, are quite different from its older songs. The set included songs from their previous releases, like “Stay,” off 2016’s Rock the Fuck on Forever, “Rage,” off 2013’s Xtra Raw, and “Beat my Brain,” “Smash You Up” and “Stepping Stone,” from 2014’s A.D.
Vein opened the night with dissonant math-core influenced by ’90s extreme hardcore and metal—and not a second of calm between a storm of sounds of spazzing technical bursts. The Boston band’s set included songs from its most recent record, Errorzone. Cuts like “End Eternal,” “Broken Glass Complexion” and “Demise Automation” were full of a nu-metal influence with heavy guitar breakdowns, dissonant chords and offbeat drum fills.
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