Upon arriving at the iconic Barrowlands ahead of tonight’s show, the queue stretched so far out the door that the end was out of sight, wrapping and winding down the next street and the next. The gig itself was a total sell out and the buzz in the air was nothing short of ecstatic.
By the time Stray From the Path took to the stage, the Barras was bursting at the seams with music fans and within seconds of the band opening up with “Needful Things”, the place had come alive. Frontman Drew Dijorio oozes with an energetic showmanship which took command of the sold out crowd. Backed up by stunning musicianship, SFTP deliver an all-out assault of punk, hardcore and metal with a sound which is totally their own but giving subtle nods to bands like Rage Against the Machine and Refused. This was a jaw-dropping set and the band are clearly capable of headlining a venue of this size.
Next up, Pennsylvania’s Motionless in White, who had a tough challenge of levelling what the Barras had just experienced. However, within 30 seconds of opener “Thoughts and Prayers” they had the packed room right where they wanted them. Again, this is a band very capable of playing to a large crowd, and judging by the amount of fans singing along and keeping the security busy, it would appear MIW were a huge pull tonight. Frontman Chris Cerulli has a superb voice which was backed up by the band’s unique mix of metalcore and goth influences. There’s even a cover of The Killers’ “Somebody Told Me” thrown in for good measure. It doesn’t seem like it would work, but just like the rest of this bands set, it is flawless.
Onto tonight’s headliners: Beartooth. Judging by the energy and anticipation in the room, this is going to be a good one. The crowd swarmed forward as the band came on stage, and opener “Below” created an explosion on the dance floor. Us photographers in the pit were pinned against the stage from the get-go by a huge number of fans surfing over the barrier. The energy never let up as “Devastation” and “Disease” followed and Glasgow responded in style, giving the one of the most energetic responses this reviewer has seen in years.
Caleb Shomo is the frontman every band needs. Shirt off, jumping around manically whilst never missing a note. The band put in a stellar performance behind him, as fan favourites were belted out with bags of enthusiasm. “Skin”, “Hell of It” and “You Never Know” all received notable huge reactions from the crowd.
The band gave thanks at every opportunity, clearly amazed with the Glaswegian reception. Despite playing a 90 minute set, it whizzed by in a frantic frenzy, ending with Caleb on top of a fan’s shoulders being taken through the pit whilst hammering away at his guitar. Truly spectacular stuff.
Photos by Beyond Punk Photography