Show Review: Letlive at St. Vitus Bar Feb. 1st, 2013
Letlive rolled through Brooklyn on their headlining tour.
Rising post-hardcore act Letlive has ascended above “supporting act” status, headlining a tour this year with some killer acts. St. Vitus Bar is a popular metal bar in Brooklyn with some noticeable acts (The Descendents, Eyehategod, Strife) performing there since its inception back in 2011.
Rescuer are fairly new to the scene, having formed in late 2011. The Tampa hardcore act wasn’t worried about having a huge crowd when they went on first. While JP Marra’s stage presence could use some tweaking, there’s no denying that he has what it takes to become a dynamic frontman. From “Birds of Prey” to their set closer “Shame”, Rescuer certainly left a great impression on the crowd. The band released their new album With Time Comes The Comfort on Rise Records.
Richmond, Virginia rockers Conditions are no strangers to the road, with several tours around the world under their belt. Bassist Corey Thomas and guitarist Alex Howard were very lively on stage, although the synchronized guitar moves seemed kinda cliche. With a pint in his hand, vocalist Brandon Roundtree proclaimed that he was grateful to be on a tour with bands that have something to say. They also performed brand new songs “Skeletons” and “The Descension of Man” from their upcoming album. Conditions finished their brief set with crowd favorite “Better Life” which got the stagedivers going wild.
Long Island hardcore band This Is Hell came in guns blazing, and the crowd responded with equal intensity. Guitarist Rick Jimenez headbanged and kicked his way through some robust riffs while vocalist Travis Reilly howled his way through a blistering set. Charlotte indie rock act HRVRD were like the little glimpse of blue sky in the middle of a storm. The packed room sang along to every word as vocalist Jesse Clasen gave off a very attention grabbing stage presence.
If you’ve never witnessed Letlive live, you’re missing out on one of the best live bands out there. Vocalist Jason Aaron Butler dove right into the crowd during “Le Prologue” and kept the insanely high energy going throughout the set. Jason dedicated their new song “Day 27” to a fan that was going through a rough time. The song’s ferocious and frantic tone easily got the crowd moving. “Muther” is a track that is always a treat to hear live. Whether it’s Jason’s speeches or the gang vocals of “Don’t you cry, momma/ We’ll, we’ll be okay” at the end, you can’t help but get lost in it.
While there were some cries for older material (mainly stuff from Speak Like You Talk), Jason laughed it off and kept the momentum going with “Renegade ’86”. “Day 54” found the vocalist rushing into the crowd screaming the lyrics “To all my friends/ you’re all gonna die” at the end. Letlive managed to end their set in chaotic fashion with “Casino Columbus”. The band is set to tour with acts such as Deftones and Pierce the Veil before taking on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour.
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