Dreamers | Back Again Tour 2019

 

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REVIEW – You Me At Six | Back Again Tour 2019

After 3 years, You Me At Six returned to the United States for the Back Again tour, named after a song from their newest album “VI”. They brought the fire to The Glass House, bringing with them Dreamers and Machineheart. With a lineup mixing together indie rock, pop rock, pop punk, and post-hardcore, this tour was an amazing event to cover.

The first band up was Machineheart, who are local to Southern California with their hometown specifically in Los Angeles, CA. The band started with very dim lighting that matched their atmospheric sound to a t. The band played a 6-song set, all of which came from their 2019 album “People Change”, which was released via Nettwerk Records. The band consists of vocalist Stevie Scott, guitarist Carman Kubanda, drummer Harrison Webster, and bassist Jake Xavier. The band’s sound is a mixture of indie rock, pop rock, and atmospheric rock. The band absolutely slayed their set and I cannot wait to see them again!

SETLIST

  1. Overgrown
  2. Do You Love
  3. Chained
  4. Peace of Mind
  5. Who Said
  6. Altar

The second band up was Dreamers, who are also local to Southern California out of Los Angeles, CA. The band’s sound out of the gate was very pop rock, mixed with space rock, and a bit of pop punk. With their name behind them in neon lights, the three-piece slayed that stage from the start of their set to the end. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Nick Wold, bassist and backup vocalist Marc Nelson, and drummer and backup vocalist Jacob Wick. The band played a 7-song set, 4 of which being brand new songs from their new album that is to be announced. The band absolutely slayed their set and I hope to catch their set again sometime soon!

SETLIST

  1. SCREWS
  2. Shawarma
  3. All Washed Out
  4. Die Happy
  5. Wolves
  6. Painkiller
  7. Blargh

The final band up was the one and only You Me At Six. This show was so special to me. I had been listening to the band since 2012, when I found their song “Bite My Tongue” on the Forza Horizon racing game. Until this show though, I still had never seen them live. Since this was their first U.S. tour in 3 years, they prepared a lengthy setlist, which consisted of a whopping 18-songs, which came from 5 of their 6 albums. 6 of the songs in particular came from their 2018 album “VI”, which was released via Underdog Records and AWAL Records. The band consists of vocalist Josh Franceschi, rhythm guitarist Max Helyer, lead guitarist Chris Miller, bassist Matt Barnes, and drummer Dan Flint. With such a widespread setlist, the band showed off their large repertoire and sound that mixes together pop rock, pop punk, post-hardcore, indie rock, and alternative rock. The band completely blew my mind in terms of energy and sound. I was so stoked to finally see them after listening to them for so many years.

The show was amazing and covered a mixture of genres. I found some new bands to listen to in Machineheart and Dreamers, and finally got to experience a live set from You Me At Six. Was a pleasure to cover this date.

SETLIST

  1. Fast Forward
  2. Lived A Lie
  3. Reckless
  4. Loverboy
  5. Back Again
  6. Night People
  7. Fresh Start Fever
  8. Cold Night
  9. Predictable
  10. Give
  11. 3 AM
  12. Take On The World
  13. IOU
  14. Bite My Tongue

ENCORE

  1. Room To Breathe
  2. No One Does It Better
  3. Straight To My Head
  4. Underdog

Review & photos courtesy of Jamie Kaufman

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*REVIEW * New Politics | Lost in Translation Tour 2018

I have only one word for the New Politics Lost in Translation Tour, wow. Just wow. This concert was quite possibly the most fun I have ever had at a concert.

Just getting there, it was one of the nicest crowds of a concert I’ve ever seen. Everybody was so happy and welcoming, it was about enjoying the music over getting to the barricade. Everywhere you went there were little pockets of people breaking out into dance throughout the whole concert and new friendships forming.

The first band to play was The Wrecks. I had listened to a few of their songs just so I was ready when they came on, but they absolutely blew me away. If there is any band that is even better live than over recording, it is The Wrecks. The vocals are simply amazing, Nick was singing such high notes nonstop. A girl next to me said that last time she saw him he was sick, yet he still came out and gave it his all on those hard songs. Towards the end they played a new song and the guitarists took turns absolutely tearing it up. Every instrument had a solo in this song, and every instrumentalist deserved that solo. The Wrecks very quickly became my favorite band, I even bought a hat for them to sign. I am just blown away with this band.

After The Wrecks, DREAMERS stepped up to the plate. After bringing the energy and hyping up the crowd, they decided to slow it down for a song. One fan jokingly protested it and these boys handled it like pros, saying they are just planning on depressing us for one song. The lead singer, Nick, told us a quick story behind it. (I feel like almost every guy on this tour is named Nick at this point.) Stating the fact that those who survive a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge regret jumping the second they do, he tells how this song is about being right on that edge of committing suicide. Right after, they brought the energy right back up when Nick made a toast to the audience. With the last few songs, Nick went from jumping up and down, to dancing around the stage, to jumping out over the crowd. It was a very large ending and really set the tone for the final act of the night, New Politics.

The crowd was ready, and they showed it the second the lights went down. New Politics brought more energy to the first few songs of their set than I’ve ever seen. I was down in the pit shooting and felt like I had to run everywhere just to keep up with them. I feared for my life at one point when David looked down at me, then stepped over me onto the barricade. The lights on this set were just gorgeous. I love the color choices for them and they worked it. David then made the announcement that he is a dad and his genuine excitement was the most adorable thing ever, that poor mother is never going to be the “fun parent.” After a few more songs and random handstands, the lights went down for a bit. They came up on Soren playing a beautiful melody on the piano that eventually turned into a very energetic Madeleine. More songs, then the whole crow helped sing Happy Birthday to one of New Politics oldest friends and coworkers. In between all the songs from their newest album they threw in a few classics like Dignity and West End Kids, and it made those of us that knew them ecstatic. I have to say my personal favorite was when they played Lifted, but I’ve just always dreamed of hearing that song live. It did not disappoint. The crazy energetic concert ended with a bang when the whole crowd went crazy for Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. With this friendly of a crowd, there was no way you couldn’t feel like One of Us (see what I did there?). This concert was without a doubt, one of the most fun concerts I’ve ever been to, I would gladly relive this night over and over again.

 Review courtesy of Lexi Rodriguez, who owns Hope Through Headphones

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Night Riots & Dreamers | The Modern Nostalgia Tour 2017

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