Browse Magazine review – Holding Absence @ O’Rileys, 20/03/17

Up and coming post-hardcore band Holding Absence kicked up a storm with their return to Hull. Despite it being a Monday night, O’Rileys was full of people eager to hear the astonishing and beautiful sounds crafted by the group. The band who are signed to Sharptone Records were asked to come back to Hull after their debut show at the venue received a huge amount of positive feedback.holding absence

The five-piece group from Cardiff blew people away instantly with their opening track ‘Permanent‘. Their heartfelt lyrics and powerful vocals lured the crowd in and gave everyone goose bumps. Lucas Woodland’s chilling vocals sounded incredibly flawless and rose above expectations throughout his performance.

Holding Absence reached out to everyone in the venue during their show. Their whole set was captivating with hard hitting riffs and outstanding vocals. When they performed their single ‘Dream of Me’, their fans sang along and punched their fists into the air in sync and created a magical sense of unity.

Supporting Holding Absence were Return to Rome, who are currently touring with them this month. The melodic hardcore band from Peterborough burst with energy onto the stage. Their songs ‘Absence’ and ‘Alone’ shone out in their set with extremely heavy breakdowns that got everyone’s heads banging.

The other supports for the show were local bands To The Strongest, The Escape Artist and Liberate Mae. To The Strongest opened the event full of talent by requesting Kate Bush’s well-known song ‘Wuthering Heights’ to be played in the venue as they went on stage. The pop punk inspired band then burst into their performance full of enthusiasm.

Then, The Escape Artist performed with improved and stronger vocals from Ashley Mather. The band’s set was full of a variety of sound, with a mixture of riffs and vocals that changed from heavy to a light alternative rock. Their melodic sound was complimented with the stunning stage lights that kept changing. The band also had issues with an amp during their set. However, spirits still remained high thanks to a member of the crowd who told cringe worthy jokes and puns into a microphone.

Liberatae Mae were also phenomenal with their performance. The metal band gripped the crowd with their hard hitting riffs and meaningful lyrics. Vocalist Adam Mitchell ejected the sound of powerful screams and a rough rock voice into everyone’s ears. Ultimately, the night at O’Rileys was one that was not to be missed. Holding Absence are a band who are definitely worth looking out for. There is no wonder why so many people in Hull are fans of the group.


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