THREE OF BRITISH ROCK’S FINEST UNITE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE GHOST INSIDE THE BAND
That everyone’s here for tonight never appear onstage. This evening has been put together in a matter of days by the bands playing it in support of Californians The Ghost Inside, who were involved in a tragic tour bus collision that today finds band members and crew holed up in aTexan hospital, and regrettably saw the two drivers lose their lives. But while they may be 5,000 miles away from Camden, tonight it’s the metalcore band’s T-shirts for sale at the merch desk, it’s their music playing between bands, and the money raised will be going towards paying their medical bills. The spirit of community that tonight’s show has created reverbs around The Underworld’s cavelike room and almost eclipses the ordinarily electrifying prospect ofYou Me At Six playing their first show for six months, and to such a pocket-sized crowd.
The supports tonight are equally gawp-worthy. “These are the sort of gigs I like,” beams Deaf Havana’s James Veck-Gilodi in response to the venue’s cramped conditions. The frontman’s easiness and humour onstage quickly disperses any hint that a funereal atmosphere might occupy the room – and his beeswax vocals sound all the sweeter against a slightly muddied sound.
Having reformed for this one-off set, St Albans’ Your Demise barge onstage with the desire of a band that sorely miss it. “We did this show for a reason – and that’s for The Ghost Inside,” shouts vocalist Ed McRae. Technically, the band may swing looser than an untied shoe, but the swagger, the freewheeling spirit, the crusading riffs and the passion that runs all the way up to closer The Kids We Used To Be drops like a cartoon anvil on the hectic crowd.
Despite playing the The O2 Arena earlier this year, You Me At Six have no issue finding their groove in the few square metres they’re given to stand on tonight. Jockeying like a boxer,Josh Franceschi leads the Surrey quintet through a set that swings from a rapturous Fresh Start Fever to an incredibly minimal No One Does It Better, and then brings the serene Liquid Confidence out of retirement.The frontman is keen to keep the reason for tonight’s show tucked at the front of minds – steering a chant for You Me At Six’ to become one for ‘The Ghost Inside’. But with that emotion comes an abundance of obvious enjoyment from the band, all of which melds to create an unforgettable evening. And a poignant one,too.
“Yeah. I’ve been sending Zach [Johnson, guitar] fromThe Ghost Inside videos and photos throughout the whole day andjust involving him in as much as possible.They understand that people love them and care about them, and that’s been the beautiful thing about this – seeing the sense of community and solidarity and that everyone wants to try to help. It’s a testament to them as people that people from different worlds – whether it be rock, pop, emo, hardcore, all that bollocks – everyone’s been like, ‘We can do something to help you, and we will.’
I think it’s an incredible thing we’ve done tonight”.