Photos: Bring Me The Horizon at SOMA (San Diego, CA)

Bring Me The Horizon (Sheffield, UK), Of Mice & Men (Orange County, CA), Letlive. (Los Angeles, CA), and Issues (ATL/LA)
March 28th, 2014
SOMA in San Diego, CA

Bring Me The Horizon, Issues, Letlive., and Of Mice & Men hit San Diego for a sold-out two night stint at the Soma.  I went to night 1 and it was crazy.  There were folks who camped out the night before, folks who got there extremely early in the morning, and those who casually walked in at door time. It didn’t matter because people ended up all over the place once the music started.  It had been a long time since I had been to a show where the entire crowd was that active.  Issues started the night off with their blend of metal and r&b and got the crowd ready for what was to come.  It’s always refreshing to see a young band do new things so greatly.  I’m keeping tabs on these guys from now on and you should too.

Letlive. is fast, angry, and exciting.  Within seconds things got so intense that they ushered the photographers out of the photo pit after half a song.  After the initial songs things simmered down until frontman Jason Butler disappeared from the stage.  One of the security guards gave me this  “where’d he go?” look and then looked around all over until Butler came back, black tape in hand and  proceeded to tape a line from one side of the stage to the other.  Then he instructed everyone to make their way to the stage and chaos began.  Crowd surfers made their way up quickly.  It was so cool to see.  Eventually Butler climbed up onto the speakers and made his way up to the metal bars that make the stage. Ladies and gentlemen, a Letlive. show.

Letlive. is a tough act to follow but luckily Of Mice & Men had hardly any issues.  During their set was when most of the brutal pushing started.  I saw at least 5 people who needed to get carried out of the crowd and 1 bloody nose.  The dedication Of Mice & Men’s fans have is admirable.  The band totally reciprocates them as they put on a great show and were all smiles throughout it.

Finally, Bring Me The Horizon took the stage and started their set off with “Can You Feel My Heart.” Frontman Oliver Sykes was killing it on vocals and the rest of the guys were all energy as their set went on. I didn’t think the crowd could get any rowdier but somehow they managed to keep it up until the very end.  The Soma is a big venue and it was packed with people all the way to the very back.  It took me a few minutes to get from the front of the venue to the back and each person hardly noticed me come by. Every single person was entranced by their performance.  It was that good. At the end of the night folks walked out of The Soma drenched in sweat, comparing bruises (he did say he couldn’t guarantee our safety), and most importantly smiling hard.

Issues Setlist
Stingray Affliction
Love Sex Riot
Princeton Ave
Never Lose Your Flames
King of Amarillo
The Settlement
Hooligans

Letlive. Setlist
Banshee (Ghost Fame)
Le Prologue
The Sick, Sick, 6.8 Billion
That Fear Fever
Dreamer’s Disease
Muther
27 Club
Renegade 86′

Bring Me The Horizon Setlist
Can You Feel My Heart
Shadow Moses
Diamonds Aren’t Forever
The House of Wolves
Go To Hell, For Heaven’s Sake
And the Snakes Start to Sing
Empire (Let Them Sing)
It Never Ends
Chelsea Smile
Antivist
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Sleepwalking

 

Thoughts?