For any band, to be out on a UK tour as support at venues such as Rock City and the Brixton Academy is a huge honour. However for the likes of Volumes and The Amity Affliction being brought out on Of Mice and Men’s Full Circle Tour, it has the potential to be career changing. We arrived at Rock City on Thursday night just in time for the 6.30pm door time, and the atmosphere was immense, the queue of fans waiting to get into the venue to see Austin Carlile and the boys literally went as far as the eye could see, and judging by the discarded Domino’s boxes some fans had been queuing for some time.
Of Mice and Men are the type of band, whose fans are so devoted that they instantly become fans of the bands supporting them, we saw this happen with Beartooth last year, and this year is no different. As soon as Volumes hit the stage, the already packed room went crazy, the crowd knew every word and Volumes got a reaction that I personally have never seen for an opening support act. You would be forgiven for thinking that they were the main act, it was that kind of atmosphere, so it had to make you think what the reaction to actual headliners Of Mice and Men was going to be like.
The Amity Affliction are by no means newcomers, and in actuality they’ve been active since 2003 which is longer than headliners Of Mice and Men. The Amity Affliction seem like THE perfect band, they have everything, their sound is awesome, their stage presence is electric and they look, well without gushing- they look good. Why The Amity Affliction aren’t headlining shows like this is a quandary to me, I don’t see why they couldn’t be headlining the likes of Download festival, they have something special and the crowd certainly seemed to be feeling that.
I keep using the whole idea of the Of Mice and Men effect, on why these support acts were so well received by the young crowd, which could be perceived as harsh, as both bands are super talented groups of musicians with undoubtedly bright futures ahead of them. But I can’t help feel like this tour and the exposure to this group of fans will help catapult them to another level. Just ask Beartooth!
So to Of Mice and Men. I’ve always been a little critical of these guys and in the past termed them “a gateway band” due to their fan-base being filled by a very large number of screaming teenage girls. I hold my hands up, that was a mistake! Seeing Austin Carlile and the rest of the band, tear it the fuck up on that Rock City stage, I can understand why this band are so heavily worshipped.
I even came to feel Austin’s intensity first hand as he jumped of stage and screamed directly down the lens of my camera, a slightly scary moment if I’m honest. Of Mice and Men, should not be judged on their fanbase, this band are an insanely good live band and I’m pretty sure a large number of the pre-teen girls in the audience won’t know what had hit them by the end of the night. I’m just glad I had my ear-plugs, initially for the screaming of the crowd but also for the aggressive Metalcore sound that Of Mice and Men create.
I might have gone into this gig with reservations but I walked out entirely open to giving Of Mice and Men a chance. I even really dug a track or two and I’ll go away and listen to them now without any shame.