Words & Photos by Amber James

Christmas came early last week for the Rochester, NY, music scene as hometown heroes Sirens and Sailors took to the stage at Montage Music Hall to headline local clothing company JBRD’s “Holiday Shit Show”. Taking the stage, they were supported by locals Revival, Ovtlier and Reformer. Meanwhile, JBRD was celebrating the launch of the winter collection of their clothing line.

With an inflatable Santa and an inflatable snowman flanking either side of the stage, the quintet took to the stage as the sold out crowd cheered and instantly the intensity was at a high. Vocalist, Kyle Bihrle, was almost instantly down by the crowd as they opened up with the songs “Undefeated” and “Chorus of the Dead” off of their most recent release, Rising Moon:Setting Sun. Getting up close and personal with fans, Bihrle screamed in their faces as guitarists Todd Golder and Jimm Lindsley provided the blistering guitar lines to back him up. Poised and composed, drummer Doug Court provided the backbone to the night with his technical drumming.

After their first couple songs, the band threw it back to their previous albums playing songs off of Skeletons and the Wasteland EP including Harry Potter inspired “The Chosen One”. They even managed to go all the way back to their first full length, Still Breathing, with one of their heaviest hitters, “Fear No Evil”. As Bihrle screamed “Welcome to the life of the living dead” with his signature highs, the crowd was moving similar to that of a mob of zombies with their frenetic movements and clawing towards stage. Lindsley’s head seemed to be head banging and spinning on a swivel, adding to the undead feel at this moment.

Switching gears, Sirens broke out one of their Christmas covers in that of “You’re a Mean One Mister Grinch”, giving the song a metal twist just as mean as the Grinch was before his heart grew a few sizes. Closing out their set with “Never There” off of Rising Sun, Bihrle’s brutal vocals were paired with the angelic voices of Golder and bassist Steven Goupil chiming in on the choruses with clean vocals. Walking off stage the “One more song.” chant started quicker than instantly and it wasn’t long before they returned to the stage. Playing one more song, “Mirror For My Medusa”, the whole room set it off with an intensity that can’t be rivaled at most local shows one last time.

It was, as the kids are saying, lit.

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