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36 Corporation

Posted on February 12, 2008

A review of the Sheffield Corporation date, by Dave Musson from Sheffield Uni Student Paper. “36 Crazyfists vocalist and guitarist Brock Lindow and Steve Holt are two very relaxed men. As they stand in the main floor of the Corporation before the doors are opened to the mass of fans outside, they have every right to be. í¢ä‰åñThe tour’s been going greatí¢ä‰åŒ Holt says enthusiastically, í¢ä‰åñwe’ve sold out all but three of the dates which is amazing.í¢ä‰åŒ Lindow adds, í¢ä‰åñWe love playing the UK because it’s always been so good to us. The album is doing really well and the kids here go mad at our shows. It makes sure we keep doing what we do.í¢ä‰åŒ Far from slowing down as this current tour winds down, the band are as keen as ever to get out there and play to their public. As they head backstage to prepare you can feel the confidence that a band gets from having a great album and a brilliant live show. You feel like they aren’t going to disappoint you, and they definitely don’t. However you don’t get this lucky with every band you see. The Corp soon fills up with an unnervingly large number of emo kids, who are fiddling with their hair, making sure their jeans are as low as possible and waiting for some action. This is, no doubt, why openers Bullet for My Valentine go down so well. They further confirm that emo is í¢ä‰åña South Wales thingí¢ä‰åŒ, sounding just like Funeral for a Friend but with no movement whatsoever on stage and no real originality to their very generic songs. Despite this the rest of the crowd love them and they get a great reception. Next up are South California fashion-core stalwarts Eighteen Visions. They take the stage with confidence and a super tight performance. Vocalist James Stephan Hart, who looks like the twin that Coby Dick never knew existed, shows himself to be an excellent front man and covers as much of the stage as you can in a half an hour slot. Their mixture of glam rock poses with hardcore riffs has a very original feel to it and is well received by the now very warm crowd. More shows like this and they could certainly move up in the world. The cold weather outside is nothing compared to what the headliners are used to, being from Alaska, which begs the question as to whether they are the only band to come from somewhere colder than Sheffield? Well, they’re certainly in contention. From the moment they kick into í¢ä‰åñAt the End of Augustí¢ä‰åŒ, the crowd go insane and the venue comes to life. The band make the most of their hour time slot by playing just about all of their current album í¢ä‰åñA Snow Capped Romanceí¢ä‰åŒ, which goes down a treat and prompts singing along to almost every word. Lindow is on top form as he quivers and screams his way through the set whilst hopping around the stage like a madman. 36 have always been a band with a strong band-fan relationship and tonight is no exception. Lindow repeatedly thanks the crowd between songs as well as promising to return to the Steel City as soon as they can. Needless to say this is greeted with huge cheers. Their set flies by all too fast and before we knew where we were the band were pounding out show closer í¢ä‰åñSlit Wrist Theoryí¢ä‰åŒ and leaving the stage triumphantly with heads held high. They now head back home to play a homecoming show before planning what’s next for them. Although nothing is concrete yet, with a live show like this you feel that the demand for them in this country won’t waver. Let’s hope they come back soon.”

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