Ottawa,Ontario(Saturday October 5th,2019) – on a chilly night Of Mice & Men made their anticipated debut performance in Ottawa after being unable to play due to vocalist Aaron Pauley’s illness earlier this year. However, good things come to those that wait, as the fans would be treated to not only a debut performance here in Ottawa, but also a setlist filled with their new album Earth and Sky. The band were also supported by Florida origin Bloodbather, Californians Thousand Below, and Michigan based For the Fallen Dreams.
Up first for the evening were Bloodbather, and did they ever come out swinging. For their first time in Canada, the Florida based band was eager to open the night up. With screeching guitars and barked vocals, with lyrics that gets to the nitty gritty the dark depths of the human condition. With songs like “End,” and “Pressure,” Bloodbather brought the hardcore heat to The Brass Monkey.
Following Bloodbather, were Thousand Below whom were happy to be back in Canada. They treated the crowd to some new songs, including “Disassociate,” and “Chemical” which comes off their new album Gone in Your Wake (out October 11th ,via Rise Records). With the highs of a new release, the band also wanted to get intimate with the crowd and pump them up. They got them off their feet for sure with the new track “Alone.” They got the crowd to put their lighters and cell phone lights in the air. Speaking of “Alone,” vocalist James Deberg let it slip that there may or may not be a video coming out for it right before the album release. The song was well received and showcased strong support for the band and their new album.
For the Fallen Dreams, brought the crowd chants and energy in the venue to a whole new level. This was especially true during “Walk On Water,” as they got the crowd moshing and viciously circle pitting. With every song that the band played, from “The Undertow,” to “Unstoppable,” as soon as they began the crowd were to tear into each other and shout the vocals to demonstrate their devotion to the band. This was exacerbated by guitarist Jim Hocking enticing the crowd to let loose as he jumped up onto the barricade to play. The energy in the venue was truly unstoppable with drummer Marc Robert Esses on occasion having to expel his own energy by jumping up onto his drum throne before tearing into the next song. However the energy reached its fever peak, as Hocking could no longer be bound by the stage and offered himself to the crowd as tribute for their devotion. Whilist still playing, Hocking crowd surfed and demonstrated the talent and showmanship that marked For the Fallen Dreams as a band not to miss.
When it was time for Of Mice & Men to take the stage, the crowd was already over the moon in their excitement as they fiercely rocked the barricade waiting for the band to begin. As soon as the band got on stage, the crowd spilled over and unleashed all the energy that they had built up for the band. Before they could carry into any other songs after finishing “Would You Still Be There,” the crowd was so electrified with excitement that the venue lost power briefly. But once it returned, the band tore into the title track of “Earth and Sky,” which really set off the crowd. Following “Unbreakable,” drummer Tino Artega got a bit of time to showcase his incredible drumming skills before and get the crowd fired up for “Bones Exposed,” during which vocalist Aaron Pauley got right down with the crowd to sing with them. This created an intimate moment and memory for those close enough to join him. When the band threw it back with “O.G. Loko,” the crowd and did a wall of death during the breakdown. For the grand finale, Pauley wound up joining the crowd solidifying a memorable debut in Canada’s capital city.
Check Out All the Bands below & the rest of the tour dates!