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Hopesfall / Hey Mercedes / Haste

Hopesfall / Hey Mercedes / Haste: live in Philadelphialive in Philadelphia (2003)
Trustkill Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: benzbenz
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We arrived at around 6:50 or 7 o'clock and the first band, Bear vs. Shark, was already at the final two songs of their set. I had heard a couple songs by them before and was pretty eager to see what they had to offer, having enjoyed all the material I heard. Bear Vs. Shark gets into their music, at .


We arrived at around 6:50 or 7 o'clock and the first band, Bear vs. Shark, was already at the final two songs of their set. I had heard a couple songs by them before and was pretty eager to see what they had to offer, having enjoyed all the material I heard. Bear Vs. Shark gets into their music, at they rock out pretty well. They rarely made mistakes, and their live show sounds just as good as their recorded material. I like their singer. Very solid two songs. I wish I had seen more.

I remember someone introduced me to Haste a little over a year ago, but I hadn't heard much about them since then. Their singer has a scream that resembles Davey Havok's earlier years (which I think is a plus), and a decent singing voice as well. I really wanted them to play "Meridian Summer", mainly because of the breakdown were the singers scream "bastard!", but my prayers went unanswered. Haste puts on a decent show, but after awhile they begin to sound repetetive. Their initial metal riffs and shouts begin to wear on you after awhile. They played a set that Haste fans would probably enjoy...I guess.

Being a huge Braid fan, I was familiar with some of Hey Mercedes' work. They definetly bring their records to life in their live show. I always thought that Hey Mercedes seemed a little dull in the studio. Live shows are almost always better than recorded material, and Hey Mercedes' innner child of rock came out. They were going nuts all over the stage, and they sound great live. The high point for me was when they broke out into "Bells", a song that I just can't seem to get sick of. While Hey Mercedes seemed to be fine on the small stage at the Northstar Bar, I think their live act would be more fitting in a larger arena. They seem to have a very commanding aura and definetly had the largest crowd of the night. Hey Mercedes seems to be universally appealing; people of all types were in the crowd for their set. The most surprising aspect of the people in the crowd was the large amount of people that seemed to be in their 30's and even older. They seem to have tapped into the older audience. Hey Mercedes kept the energy up their entire set, and didn't miss a note along the way.

When headliners, Hopesfall, took the stage, people were ready to rock out. There is something epic about Hopesfall's music. Like, some bands are capable of making their music seem much larger than the band itself. For instance, Hey Mercedes creates tunes that are serious, fun, and creative, and guides the listener in with their sheer energy. Hopesfall has a different kind of energy - the kind that boils up and explodes out into you like a supernova. Their music is equally as brutal as it is soothing and inviting. They launched into their set with a great intensity. While I thought that their albums were not recorded as well as they should have been, their live show was crystal clear and oozing with passion. The combination of one guitar shredding away in a distorted frenzy and the other guitar gliding through echoing melodies is near deadly, and very awesome. "Of The Clouds" and "April Left With Silence" were the hight points of the set. They also played an awesome new song that they didn't mention any title to, but its good to see that Hopesfall is still crafting some awesome songs. They closed without any vocal problems, the singer was able scream and sing the entire set without much problem.

If you can get to this show I would recommend it. Show up on time, because Bear Vs. Shark is a band with some seriously good sounds, and should be higher up on the set list. Watch out for them in the future. If you're a fan of Hopesfall, I would definetly try to get out to see this show. There was nothing that completely blew me away or crushed my expectations (they were already pretty high for Hopesfall), but it was a good show overall.

 

 
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slippy (December 9, 2003)

hopesfall= fucking great live. "end of an era" is one great opener.

Anonymous (December 8, 2003)

...could someone explain tatecore?

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

Hopesfall are tatecore? I must be taking less notice than before...

The most recent one was where he reviewed Allister's last album and claimed it was the single greatest thing Drive-Thru had at the moment.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

"Sir, you're under citizen's arrest for third-degree murder of a joke.

None of these bands are even Tateco- eh, maybe there's some sarcasm I'm not picking up on."

hopesfall - er, i mean .hopesfal. is total tatecore.

funkisdead (December 2, 2003)

one is unacceptable.
two is preferable, but three is chill if you're fat.

superdude (December 2, 2003)

This review was good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. The reviewer should talk more about the merch the band was selling. Were there any studded wristbands?

2. I still have room on my forearm for one more.

3. What's better on a belt, one stud or two? Did any of the bands adress this issue?

4. Did they give any shoutouts to P-Diddy?

5. Bad Boy for life

slippy (December 2, 2003)

holy shit i'm going to see hopesfall on saturday in detroit (well pontiac actually), im really excited. anyone else going to that show?

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Just go to the website and you'll see that quote in the middle of the page.

ilikebandssuchasopivy (December 2, 2003)

this band is the reason i'm still breathing.

-jason tate
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was he actually quoted as saying that?

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

god damn man......bear cs shark..hey mercedes...in one place...i would kill for this show to come to miami

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

i was at this show. bear vs. shark were definitely entertaining to say they least. i liked when the singer climbed up on the keyboard and just laid it and kicked the keys. pretty crazy. i thought haste came off as really generic. they just weren't believable. the bass player looked like he was about 35 w/ a ponytail, and then the guitarist on the right looked he should have been playing in john mayer's band. they were just sort of strange. hey mercedes was good. i've seen them before, and it's always the same: there's a few songs that really grab me, but between those songs it all blurs together and seems repetitive. hopesfall rocked out. they were great. they put on such a good show. the new song was great. highlights for me were "dana walker" and "the bending," and i loved the fact that they started with "end of an era." great set.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

people just think they are automatically cool for using that word. i assume thats why it is thrown around so much.

-greyicewater

inagreendase (December 2, 2003)

Sir, you're under citizen's arrest for third-degree murder of a joke.

None of these bands are even Tateco- eh, maybe there's some sarcasm I'm not picking up on.

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

this band is the reason i'm still breathing.

-jason tate

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

Wait, you went to a Hopesfall show and didn't rip off all their gear? Is that even allowed?

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

How did Hopesfall even play? Bahahahahahahaha....

-el bandito de instrumentes musicales

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