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Cory Wells + Luke Rainsford
Thursday 23 January at 19:30 - 22:30
JC Bouckenborgh, Bredabaan 559, Merksem
* total price per ticket, includes all service fees
Cory Wells Music (US)
The songwriter grew up playing metal before discovering Dashboard Confessional’s seminal MTV Unplugged 2.0 live album, a record that set him on a hard left turn to creating a more well-worn, earnest style. Even so, he injects the desperation and power of his heavy music background into every note of THE WAY WE ARE (due out November 15, 2019 via Pure Noise Records) – not necessarily in sound, but in spirit.
Across the album’s 12 songs, Wells plays the role of shapeshifter: Just when you’ve got him figured out, he unleashes new musical elements – a ferocious scream (“Walk Away”) that eventually gives way to soaring falsetto (“Cement”), stirring acoustic guitar that crescendos into fiery full-band fare. The ghosts of new-era emo torchbearers (including Dashboard’s Chris Carrabba, a contributor on “Fall Apart”) are alive and well in his lush beds of acoustic-based rock, but Wells isn’t actively summoning them. Rather, he’s a decidedly patient songwriter, waiting for the right time to pair a searing lyric with the throat-shredding vocal performance it demands.
Luke Rainsford (UK)
Luke Rainsford is an acoustic emo artist from Birmingham, U.K drawing from influences such as Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, The Front Bottoms and This Wild Life. His songs are tender, heartfelt pieces dealing with a range of serious topics often centred around mental health.