Gig Review + Photography by Lee Allen

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Despite a line snaking through Digbeth UK hardcore boys, Higher Power take to the stage to just a smattering of punters. However they hit the ground running fast and a king fu kicking, windmilling crowd soon roared them on. I’ve got to be honest I hadn’t had time to check them out before tonight but with a debut album dropping soon expect big things from them.

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I’ve got to admit I was super excited to see Knocked Loose. Formed in Kentucky in 2013 their debut album was a lesson in brutality and I couldn’t wait to see how that translated in a sweaty packed club. Sadly tonight they fell flat for me. The crowd welcomed them like Long lost brothers and kicked, punch and sang their hearts out but something just didn’t click for me and I felt like the hardness of the album was just a muddy mess. No doubt they will be back next year and I will check them out again.

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knocked loose_ Lee allen_ birmimgham institute (1 of 12)

Comeback kid had no such problems and smashed the Institute a new back side within seconds of being on the stage. Singer Andrew is on the barrier and offering up the mic virtually straight away. Tracks from their newest album ‘Outsider’ sounded super fresh whilst retaining the bands signature crunchy hardcore grooves. Circle pits open up and crowd surfers rain in and all to soon the Canadians were done.

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Every Time I Die need no introduction and have been smashing shows like this for nearly 20 years! Just let that sink in, 20 years and still more hungry and passionate than most new bands. Even in a cast Jordan Buckley flails around the stage like a man possessed. Brother Keith conducts the carnage and grins manically as he paces the stage. It was great to finally hear tracks from Low Teens in their natural environment and they sound magnificent.

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Andy Williams on guitar surely has a future career as a body double for the hulk in future marvel movies and seemingly gets bigger and bigger. ETID are awesome… no gimmicks no pyros just straight up rock n roll tinged hardcore and capped off a bill the likes of which won’t come through birmingham again soon. If you missed this then you missed out!

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See the full photos set on Flickr, 58 glorious shots!

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