Making the trip from Southampton to little ol’ Plymouth with lead support Sworn Amongst out of the game (with frontman Sy James breaking his leg) and opening act Beware the Beldam unable to perform (due to technical difficulties), Melodic Metalcore mob Our Hollow Our Home were clearly going to have to work hard to win over the crowd of The Underground. With just this band and local opening act Kings Hollow to turn the tables on such unfortunate events, it was hard to tell if both acts would be able to pull the show from the flaming wreck the circumstances had made the scenario. Fortunately, the night was salvaged.
Opening act Kings Hollow take to the stage, in true metalcore fashion- backs turned, lights out, old school speech playing through the PA. The band swing into the opening track with ease, grabbing the attention of the audience and making a clear attempt not to let go. The band show their intricate instrumentals to be impressive, and drummer Ben Shiels shows off his prowess behind the kit- but unfortunately the band don’t seem to have much energy onstage. Kings Hollow remain stationary throughout the set, obviously showing more focus for pulling off the songs then truly making it a performance. The one exception to this rule is lead guitarist Matthew Shiels- who, despite putting in the most effort to the musical side of the performance, he also wandered about the stage in his dedicated area while also showing true care to his work. Nevertheless, the band whittle down their set running through tracks from their debut EP The Crown like Herald and new single Discord, and there is no doubt that the audience are excited for the headline act.
By the time Our Hollow Our Home take to the stage, the crowd were ready for something spectacular. Thankfully, that’s what they got. The Southampton sluggers come out swinging, powering through classic tracks like Heisenberg and I Am The Eulogy, Our Hollow Our Home are truly not fucking around. With the energy of a young puppy and the aggression and bite of Cerberus himself, the band take no prisoners and without a doubt get the audience very excited. An angry yet constantly impressive performance of the nihilistic Worms Wood is truly a sight to behold, with frontman Connor Hallisey stomping around onstage, claiming his turf and forcing attention from the audience.
Following this track the audience clearly understood what the band wanted, and an aggressive pit came to fruition amongst the carnage OHOH were creating onstage. The band knock through their discography with constant energy, aggression and confidence, inciting moments of brutality, singalongs and lighter-in-the-air segments much to the audience’s delight. Closing the night on crowd-pleaser Rest Assured, the band close the night in an epic fashion, leaving everyone in the room satisfied, sweaty and breathless.
Take our word for this- Our Hollow Our Home are a live act worth travelling for. If they’re in your area, DO NOT miss out. Fans of Architects and Bury Tomorrow with by no means be disappointed, and will have the blessing of being able to see they saw one of the best rising metalcore acts from anywhere around the world.
All images by Sophie Charlotte Gray