- £16+ BF
THE AMITY AFFLICTION
+ The Plot In You + Endless Heights + Dream State
14+ (Under 16s with an adult)
Australia metalcore champions The Amity Affliction play SWX Bristol with an excellent supporting bill from THE PLOT IN YOU (USA), Endless Heights (Australia) and DREAM STATE (UK).
The Amity Affliction formed in Gympie, a South-East Queensland town in Australia by friends Ahren Stringer and Troy Brady in their final year of high school. The band was named for a close friend of the band, who died in a car accident at the age of 17. 'Amity' referred to the friendship and 'Affliction' was to indicate the struggle which dealing with the death caused the band members. Whilst still at High School, the band spent many times playing at school concerts and lunch breaks.
They have cited major influences as bands such as As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada, The Black Dahlia Murder, Rage Against The Machine, AC/DC, Linkin Park, Korn, Nirvana, Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Bullet For My Valentine, Parkway Drive, Underoath, Black Sabbath, Blink-182 and Green Day.
In 2004, the Amity Affliction released a three track self-titled demo produced by Scott Mullane at Aisle 6 Recording. At the time there were four members with former members Garth Buchanan on bass and Lachlan Faulkner on Drums. In late 2004, vocalist Joel Birch joined the band. Following, mid-2005, the Amity Affliction released their debut self-titled EP. After the release of the EP they toured the East Coast on their 2005 East Coast Tour.
In 2007, there was a line up change when Lachlan Faulkner quit and Garth Buchanan left to join Behind Crimson Eyes. Lachlan Faulkner later joined Saint Lucia. They then hired drummer, Troels Thomasson, Chris Burt on Guitar (originally on Bass), Ahren Stringer now on bass and the addition of a keyboardist, Trad Nathan. The Amity Affliction released a new five track EP entitled High Hopes which was named for the house in which The Amityville Horror took place. The first pressing came in a CD/DVD package. The DVD featured the band discussing the recording of the EP, it also featured the band on the road and performing.