On Saturday 8th March 2014, I went to see ‘Such Sights’ live at Corporation in Sheffield, supported by ‘Secret Romance’, ‘Or Die Trying’ and more!
Such Sights are a five-piece band from Sheffield made up of members of three former local bands. Since forming in August 2012, they have built up a solid fan base around the steel city and tonight headlined one of its main venues, Corporation. Describing their sound as pop-punk, easycore music – ‘Such Sights’, who consist of Nathan Kobierowski, Brett Holmes, Phil Charlesworth, Samuel Hague and Chris Ryder, have an exciting sound to accompany their hugely energetic live performances. They released their debut EP ‘Where Hell Begins’ last year and are being described as one of the local bands to watch out for in the next few years.
The first of five bands on an all-Sheffield line-up was ‘Immension’. Clearly a band used to playing higher up the bill, the trio performed an excellent five-song set to kick things off. Inspiration from heavy bands such as ‘Metallica’ was noticeable in both image and sound alike and a cover of Metallica’s ‘Fuel’ was played – the Sheffield rockers making a good attempt at imitating their heroes. Arguably the smallest group on the line this evening, ‘Trust Within’ followed. The young four-piece managed to keep the crowd entertained however with a solid performance that included the catchy and memorable ‘Better Days’ and a cover of Black Sabbath classic ‘Paranoid’.
The show was then moved up a level as ‘Or Die Trying’ hit the stage. A favourite of many in the crowd, this was already my second time seeing the post-hardcore band in 2014 following their support at Inherit the Stars’ show at The Leadmill back in January. With two EP’s already under their belt, ‘ODT’ put on a powerful performance of entirely original material that included ‘Broken Wings’ and newly-recorded song ‘Scars’. Before performing the final song, it was announced that this was the final gig with the band for both lead singer Joe Hallam and bassist Connor Stead. The loss of front man Hallam will be a particularly huge blow for the group as he has always impressed with his energetic performances and passionately delivered vocals. However, with a solid sound throughout the band there is no doubt that they will push on and continue play fantastic shows around Sheffield and beyond.
‘Secret Romance’ were the main support act of the night. They came into this show on the back of their biggest performance to date, which saw them headline the O2 Academy back in January. The pop-punk band played a fabulous set to get the hometown crowd buzzing ahead of the main event. Songs included ‘Broken By None’ from the EP of the same name and ‘Just A Boy’ – a song which guitarist Adam Elliott explained that he wrote while sat on the toilet! ‘Viva La Revolution’ was their penultimate song before the groups brand new single ‘March’, in my opinion their best song to date, closed the set. ‘Secret Romance’ are one of the fastest growing local bands and they never fail to entertain the crowds. Their clever combination of punk and hardcore is very enjoyable and the unique sound of Andy Hudson’s vocals, makes the band especially memorable.
It was now time for the main event as ‘Such Sights’ hit the stage with the cover of the ‘Where Hell Begins’ splashed across the back wall of the stage. The EP was handed out to fans in the crowd prior to their set free of charge and the band performed a number of songs from this debut release, including ‘Get Out Of My Town’ and ‘In Her Name’. Front man Nathan Kobierowski was rarely contained by the tight stage, performing much of the set from among the crowd. After taking a moment to lead a sing-a-long of happy birthday to a friend in the audience, the band then performed their final song – the brand new ‘Seeing Is Believing’. It was a hugely enjoyable performance from the band and the perfect way to close an excellent line-up.