On Saturday 29th April 2017 I had the astounding pleasure of attending While She Sleeps You Are We tour. I was lucky enough to nab myself a ticket and watched them perform at Manchester Academy 2 on Oxford Road.
This was the first time I had ever seen While She Sleeps perform live and let me tell you, it was most definitely worth the wait. Before the show While She Sleeps had invited special guest bands to perform as support acts. I didn’t get a chance to see the supports however but I did make it just in time to watch the magic happen.
There was the usual hustle and bustle of pre show nerves and excitement. The floor was sticky, soaked with spilled beer and ciders. The smell of alcohol and sweat mixed together to create an unusual aroma. People were pushing here and there trying to get the perfect spot before the lads got on stage, me being 5’4 there is no perfect spot. But despite the obscured vision and swamp like group as soon as those house lights dimmed all focus went on to the stage, which was lit atmospherically with milk bottles hanging from the ceiling. The crowd began to scream and shout as Adam walked onto the stage, soon after followed by Aaran, Mat and Sean. The crowd now chanting “While She Sleeps” at the very top of their lungs and Loz finally sauntered onto the stage, this was it. It was time.
The lights dimmed and the music started to play, Loz held onto the microphone tightly and screamed down the mic, “YOU ARE WE.”
The crowd was absolutely insane, the energy was unbeatable. Its safe to say that You Are We got the response it deserved, the mosh pits were out in full force and the voices of thousands of adoring fans were in synchronisation.
The setlist was a mixture of new tracks from the latest album and old crowd favourites. They opened the show with You Are We and then went into Civil Isolation from the new album. They then went on to perform Seven Hills from the album This is the Six and then Brainwashed from the Brainwashed album. In the middle of rocking out front man Loz took a minute to thank the audience for all their support and dedication to the band. You’re totally welcome mate.
They closed the show with crowd favourite Hurricane and it was absolute carnage. Every single person in that arena belted like their hearts depended on it and moshed like it too. The air was damp with sweat, spit and beer. But thats the fun of it right?
If you’re planning on going to attend a show from the You Are We tour I cannot recommend it enough, you wont be disappointed.
The complete setlist:
You Are We
Empire of Silence
New World Torture
This is the Six
While She Sleeps are a metal core band from Sheffield, England. Formed in early 2006, the band consists of front man and vocalist Lawrence ‘Loz’ Taylor, bassist Aaran McKenzie, guitarists Sean Long and Mat Welsh and drummer Adam Savage.
The band has so far released an EP The North Stands for Nothing in 2010, and two studio albums, This is the Six in 2012 and Brainwashed in 2015.
While She Sleeps have since released their new album titled You Are We.
It was funded entirely through PledgeMusic after the band decided to leave Sony Music earlier this year. The album was recored at a home studio in Sheffield, you could say it was completely homegrown. Vocalist Lawrence Taylor told Scott Munro at TeamRock.com “There’s always been a very DIY aspect to this band so going it alone a bit more just reiterates that to everyone.” Despite the risky movement to self realise the new material it was clearly the right decision as You Are We is currently No.8 in the UK Top 40 album charts. Before this however guitarist Sean Long took to twitter on 25 April saying, “If we get a top 10 album I’ll shit my self.” My only question now is, did you?
Before the album had been fully released the band didn’t hold back on teasing the eager fans. The first song they released to the general public from the latest album was You are We. The band then took it that one step further and held a mini show in the Sleeps Warehouse, Sheffield were they played another track from the new album titled Hurricane. The lucky lads and lasses that helped to fund the album and managed to get tickets to this awesome event (my mates being a few of them) were recorded and the footage of the gig was used to create the Hurricane music video, lucky so and sos.
So what other surprises can be expected from You Are We? Well, how about a track featuring the vocalist from the band Bring me the Horizon, Oli Sykes. While She Sleeps gave us our first listen to the track Silence Speaks on BBC Radio One and its safe to say the fans loved it. With both While she Sleeps and Bring me the Horizon hail from Sheffield it was a pleasant and very sort after surprise. Before this epic collaboration though both bands were chatting back and forth via social media. Sean Long tweeted Bring me The Horizon praising the track Doomed from their latest album That’s the Spirit. Long tweeted, “Doomed is such an amazing song. Blows me socks off every time.” Can I smell a bromance?
With a new album out to the world can we be expecting a tour? The answer is yes! While She Sleeps have announced they will be doing the You Are We tour around the UK and Ireland. So grab a ticket, buckle up and get ready for the rock of your life.
Wednesday 10 May 2017 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Friday 12 May 2017 – The Asylum, Birmingham, UK
Saturday 13 May 2017 – Stylus, Leeds, UK
Thursday 01 June 2017 – The Globe, Cardiff, UK
Friday 02 June 2017 – The Hub, Plymouth, UK
Friday 16 June 2017 – The Booking Hall, Dover, UK