Deafheaven / Youth Code live at Gorilla Manchester 24/04/17 review.

First gig review!

I’d been looking forward to this show for quite some time now, I’ve been listening to Deafheaven since around the time Sunbather was released and never managed to catch them live. I’d heard amazing things about them so was excited to hear that they were coming back to play Manchester. This was also my friends first heavy show before which was also great!

We arrived to a modestly busy Gorilla, doors had been open about half an hour and you could tell it was filling up nicely, we found a nice little spot at the front to watch the LA hardcore industrial two piece, Youth Code.


Youth Code wasted absolutely no time getting into their set, as soon as opening track ‘To Burn Your World’ kicked in, the duo were already in a frenzy. The liveliness was definitely contagious and you could see people digging the driving, bass heavy industrial beats. Sara Taylor’s grinding vocals worked extremely well alongside the aggression of the instrumentation. Most notably impressive from Youth Code was definitely their stage presence. I always sympathise a little bit with support acts, it can’t be easy playing to a room of people that aren’t there for you, but they just took it in their stride. Both stomping and throwing themselves around the stage and it would’ve been the same if there were 10 or 100 people in the room. I hadn’t had much exposure to Youth Code prior to this show but they’re definitely a band I will be listening back on.


To Burn Your World                                                                                                                             Shift Of Dismay                                                                                                                                     Commitment To Complications                                                                                                           Transitions                                                                                                                                               Anagnorisis                                                                                                                                             For I Am Cursed                                                                                                                                     Carried Mask                                                                                                                                           Consuming Guilt                                                                                                                                     Avengement


Deafheaven followed shortly after and you could really see the shift in the crowd. People started piling forward trying to get as close to the front as they could. When vocalist George Clarke arrived on stage, he encouraged by beckoning the audience and rewarded with grabbing peoples hands and thanking them for coming. Deafheaven slammed into their set with the New Bermuda album opener, Brought To The Water. The breaks between tracks were short and sweet, just introducing the following tracks. The crowd was relatively tame until the sixth (of eight) track, Dream House. When the opening guitars set off, so did the crowd. It was like a completely different set of people. Stage dives, crowd surfers and a mosh pit erupted, all encouraged by the band and enjoyed by the fans. George Clarke conducted the band and audience through almost interpretive dancing throughout the set, twisting and turning his body through some of the lengthier instrumental sections. The pace was kept up throughout the rest of the set, with vocalist also joining in with the crowd surfing, to the delight of the audience.

Deafheaven played 8 songs, but if you’re a fan of the band it won’t come as a surprise that the set clocked well over an hour. They said this was the best show they’ve played in the city and thanked everyone for coming out. Overall a very sweaty, intense but enjoyable night at Manchester’s Gorilla.

Deafheaven Setlist:

Brought To The Water                                                                                                                           Baby Blue                                                                                                                                                 Come Back                                                                                                                                               Language Games                                                                                                                                     Cody (Mogwai Cover)                                                                                                                             Dream House                                                                                                                                           Sunbather                                                                                                                                               The Pecan Tree

Massive thanks to Dan Dares Photography for the Youth Code snap, check out his Facebook page for more of his work! Deafheaven photo from Gorilla website.

First Hurdle Music.




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