The Classic Crime w/ Assuming We Survive, Your Bourgeois, and David Lunsford | West Coast Tour | Photos + Review

Seattle-based rock band The Classic Crime have been around for quite some time, releasing a handful of albums over the past fifteen years. The band have recently dropped a couple of singles, leading up to their upcoming full-length album “Patterns In The Static” (due to be released on February 28th) and embarked on a tour of the West Coast (their first tour since 2018) in support of the new material.
Opening up the night was Seattle based acoustic musician David Lunsford. He began the set with his most recent single, “God Damn Soul,” and played “Without Your Armor” and “On My Mind” from his 2018 debut LP, “To All My Friends And Family.” In addition, he also played two unreleased songs, one titled “Evergreen” and a self-titled song that he concluded his set with. What stood out to me about David’s set was the emotion he put into each of the songs he performed, and that was evident from the moment he started the set.


Up next was Your Bourgeois, a local rock band from Golden, Colorado. They had a pretty good mix of slower and more upbeat songs in their set, and seemed to show influences of various styles of rock, which made their set even more interesting. One of the main things that stood out to me about this band’s set and the music they played was the very impressive lead guitar solos in a couple of the songs.


Second to last was Assuming We Survive. I saw them headline in LA a couple of years ago and since then, they have quickly become one of my favorite bands to see live and one of my favorite bands overall. One thing I like a lot about their live shows is the energy they constantly bring throughout so much of their sets, and the large majority of their setlist consisted of some of the most upbeat tracks from recent releases (“Tear Me,” “Make It Out Alive,” “Smile Sometime,” “Too Close”). The band played their two latest EPs, “Chapters” and “The Enemy Within,” from beginning to end (with the exception of “California Stoned,” the final track on “Chapters”), and amidst all of the more upbeat songs they played, they slowed things down a bit as well when playing “Lost” and “Let You Down,” which had everyone waving their cellphone lights in the air.


The Classic Crime took the stage not long after Assuming We Survive was done, and they
instantly had the crowd singing along and rocking out to their music. Their setlist spanned from throughout their discography as they played songs such as “The Fight” from their 2006 debut LP “Albatross,” “Abracadavers” and “Gravedigging” from 2008’s “The Silver Cord,” “Beautiful Darkside” and “The Precipice” from 2012’s “Phoenix,” “Driftwood” and “Holy Water” from 2017’s “How To Be Human,” . In addition, they played their two latest singles, “Take The Moment” and “Miles And Miles,” which are both from their upcoming album “Patterns In The Static.” This was my first time seeing The Classic Crime, and immediately I thought that they put on a really fun live performance.

Each act that performed at this show was something a little bit different, but one commonality that all of them shared was putting on an interesting and captivating performance, and the show overall was a very fun one to watch.

The Classic Crime | Assuming We Survive | Your Bourgeois | David Lunsford

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The Devil Wears Prada with Norma Jean and Gideon | The Act North American Tour | Photos + Review

The Devil Wears Prada Unleashes “The Act” On A Sold-Out Crowd In Pomona

Venue: The Glass House on 10/27/19

Ever since I got into The Devil Wears Prada, it has basically become a tradition to see them at least annually each year. From the elaborate lighting, to the engaging sets, The Devil Wears Prada never disappoints when it comes to a live show. For their tour in support of their newest record “The Act”, which was released in 2019 via Solid State Records, the band brought along with them Norma Jean and Gideon for their North American run of the tour. The night was truly amazing to say the least.

First to the stage was Gideon from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This was my second time seeing this four-piece in a period of 3 months, with the last time being a brief set when they played Ragefest in Los Angeles. Unfortunately at Ragefest, technical difficulties delayed their set, and the venue cut the band off after only playing 3 songs. While their set once again started with technical difficulties, the band made it through, playing their nonstop set of nine-songs. A few weeks after releasing their album “Out of Control”, which was released via Equal Vision Records, the band played a bunch from that release, along with other songs from their discography, including the single “No Love/No One”, which got the crowd going absolutely nuts when they closed out the set with it. The band’s sound perfectly blends together metalcore and hardcore, with some nu metal influences in their newer material as well. When you go see the band live, you will witness just how much control the vocalist Dan McWhorter has over a crowd, making them go absolutely bonkers at the snap of a finger. Guitarist Tyler Riley plays those riffs with ease while also contributing great backing screams. Caleb DeRusha is one of my favorite members, as he is constantly grooving along to the music as he slams his’ bass. Jake Smelley on drums closes out the band’s lineup, keeping the band on track with his’ perfectly syncopated drum patterns and high energy. Gideon is a very high energy band that truly helped warm up the crowd for the bands to come.

SETLIST

  1. Bite Down
  2. Cursed
  3. SLEEP
  4. Take Me
  5. 2 CLOSE
  6. STYLE
  7. Champions
  8. Freedom
  9. No Love/No One

Up next was the all mighty Norma Jean from Douglasville, Georgia. This was my second time seeing the band, with the last time being in March of 2018 when they did a headlining tour for the anniversary of their 2006 album “Redeemer”. This time around, I was seeing the band play the day after their newest record “All Hail” hit the shelves, being released via Solid State Records. The band’s sound is very much in the vein of metalcore, with some inspiration coming from hardcore punk instrumentally speaking. For their setlist, the band played a nine-song set, with only three coming from their newest album. The rest came from the rest of their eight-record discography, which is truly an impressive collection of music. Vocalist Cory Brandan was under the weather, but he pushed through it and poured his’ heart into that set, showing off his’ dynamic contrast in clean vocals and screaming. Guitarists Clay Crenshaw and Grayson Stewart helped keep the energy high with headbangs and riffage. Drummer Matt Marquez kept the music steady with his consistent and dynamic drumming, with high energy faces. Bassist Michael Palmquist closed out the band’s live lineup and played those basslines with ease. Norma Jean proved once again why they are still considered one of the pioneer bands in the genre and are still killing it time and time again whenever they hit the stage.

SETLIST

  1. The Planet
  2. [Mind Over Mind]
  3. The End of All Things Will Be Televised / I Used to Hate Cell Phones But Now I Hate Car Accidents
  4. 1,000,000 Watts
  5. Landslide Defeater
  6. Blueprints for Future Homes
  7. “The Potter Has No Hands”
  8. /with_errors
  9. If You Got It at Five, You Got It at Fifty

The Devil Wears Prada from Dayton, Ohio. For their yearly headliner at The Glass House, the band prepared a seventeen-song setlist, with four songs coming from the new album, and the rest coming from their widespread discography containing a total of seven albums and two EPs. Along with the setlist that pleased new fans and older fans of the band alike, the band brought with them a bright and creative light show with them. The lighting during their set is something The Devil Wears Prada has been known for since they started bringing the intricate lighting with them many years ago. The band opened their set with the opening song from “The Act” titled “Switchblade”, which is debatably the heaviest track on the album. What I enjoyed the most about their setlist choices is that they contrasted heavier songs, like “Dead Throne”, “Danger: Wildman”, with slower and more melodic songs “Please Say No”, “Chemical”, and “Lines of Your Hands”. It was amazing to see the vocal abilities of screamer Mike Hranica and rhythm guitarist and clean vocalist Jeremy DePoyster, who meshed together beautifully with contrasting vocal stylings. Kyle Sipress was on point on guitar, playing those melodies with ease while moving about the stage to hype the crowd. Giuseppe Capolupo slayed it on drums, slamming them with precise timing and power, giving the performance that extra edge. Keyboard player Jonathan Gering played the keys with such passion and truly helped hype up the whole performance. Closing out the band’s lineup, Mason Nagy played those groovy bass tones and really vibed well with the crowd and the music. This was honestly my favorite performance I’ve seen from Th Devil Wears Prada, and I recommend seeing them when they come back out on tour of North America in March/April in support of We Came Is Romans!

SETLIST

  1. Switchblade
  2. Danger: Wildman
  3. Worldwide
  4. Lines of Your Hands
  5. Dead Throne
  6. Assistant to the Regional Manager
  7. Chemical
  8. Gloom
  9. Planet A
  10. Daughter
  11. Anatomy
  12. Please Say No
  13. Dez Moines
  14. All My Life (Foo Fighters cover)
  15. Born to Lose
  16. Asteroid

ENCORE

17. Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?

 

The Devil Wears Prada truly went above and beyond for their North American Tour in support of their new album “The Act”. Norma Jean played a big role as direct support and really put their all into their set. Gideon also truly came out and crushed that set, rounding out this show as one of my favorites for 2019. I thoroughly recommend checking out all of these bands live when they hit a city near you!

The Devil Wears Prada | Norma Jean | Gideon

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Wage War w/ Like Moths To Flames, Polaris, and Dayseeker | Pressure North American Tour | Photos + Review

Venue, Date, & City: Marquis Theater in Denver, CO on 10/18/2019

Florida based metalcore band Wage War are a band that have been on my radar for awhile, ever since I heard their single “Youngblood,” from their 2015 debut LP, “Deadweight.” Fast forward a few years later, and the band have now released their third album, “Pressure,” and I attended the Denver date of the North American headlining tour that they did in support of the record.

Southern California based post-hardcore band Dayseeker opened up the night. They played a mix of songs from 2017’s “Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising” (“Vultures” & “Sleep In The Sea Pt. II”) and their newly released album “Sleeptalk” (“Drunk,” “Crooked Soul,” “Burial Plot,” and “Sleeptalk”). The extremely catchy hooks and the overall energy the band puts into their live performance had so many people in the crowd singing and dancing along (myself included) and made the set a really fun one to watch.

Polaris was up next, and while I wasn’t extremely familiar with their music and hadn’t seen them live before, I was really impressed by their set. Their setlist was entirely made of songs off of their latest release, their 2018 debut LP “The Mortal Coil,” and included “The Remedy,” “Casualty,” “Crooked Path,” “Relapse,” “Consume,” and “Lucid.” They put a lot of energy and emotion into their performance, and the crowd was the same way, shouting the words and moshing throughout the set.

The Columbus, Ohio based Like Moths To Flames were second to last. The band played a surprisingly large amount of older material during their set, spanning from all throughout their discography, playing a few songs from “When We Don’t Exist” and “An Eye For An Eye,” as well as playing more recent material, such as “Bury Your Pain” from the double single “The Dream Is Dead,” “Nowhere Left To Sink” from their last LP “Dark Divine,” and “All That You Lost,” one of the three most recent singles the band had released since signing to UNFD.

Wage War closed out the night and put on a pretty long headlining set, also filled with songs from throughout their discography. They played a handful of songs off of “Pressure” (“Who I Am,” “Prison,” “Grave,” “Ghost,” “Hurt,” “Me Against Myself” and “Low”), as well as mixing some older fan favorites from their first two albums into their set – “Alive,” “Twenty One” and “The River” from their debut “Blueprints,” and “Johnny Cash,” “Don’t Let Me Fade Away,” “Gravity” and “Stitch” from their sophomore album, “Deadweight.” Each song of the band’s set had the sold out crowd engaged the whole time and I thought they put on a great performance.

This was my first time seeing all of these bands live, and their performances left a great first impression and made this tour one I really enjoyed.

Wage War | Like Moths To Flames | Polaris | Dayseeker

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Blessthefall & Escape The Fate w/ Islander | This War Is Ours To Witness Tour | Photos + Review

Blessthefall & Escape The Fate Close Out Their “This War Is Ours To Witness” Tour in Southern California

Venue: The Glass House on 10/10/19

When I think of the two albums that influenced my musical taste the most, it would have to be Escape the Fate’s “This War Is Ours” and Blessthefall’s “Witness”. When they announced that both bands would be doing a co-headlining 10-year anniversary tour, where they would each play said albums from start to finish, plus additional songs, I was ecstatic! Along with these two bands was Islander, who is on the same record label as Escape the Fate. This was a stellar tour!

First up was Islander from Greenville, South Carolina. If I could describe Islander’s sound, it would be a mixture of nu metal, alternative metal, and rap metal. I last saw the band in June of 2018 when they were direct support for Butcher Babies & Nonpoint on the Kings & Queens Co-Headlining Tour. This time around, I feel like the band was fully realized. They were off the walls in terms of energy and I thoroughly enjoyed watching their on-stage antics. From vocalist Mikey Carvajal bringing a flatbed cart and riding it across stage, to guitarist Eric Pedersen sitting down mid-song to eat a sandwich, the band is insanely entertaining live and were the perfect way to open this show up. The other two members of this four-piece are keyboardist Chris Carvajal and drummer Michael McClellan. The band was truly entertaining and set the stage for the co-headliners to come.

SETLIST

  1. Lucky Rabbit
  2. Green Slime Man
  3. Counteract
  4. Darkness
  5. Cold Speak
  6. My Friends
  7. Coconut Dracula

The first of the co-headliners was Escape the Fate from Las Vegas, Nevada. Now, before I go on, I must say that I’ve seen this band 10 or 11 times now, so having seen them so many times, I hold their performances to a certain standard. Unfortunately, their performance this night was a bit lower energy than usual, but they still did pretty damn well. This was my second time seeing the band play through “This War Is Ours” in its entirety, as they did a special anniversary show at the Whisky A Go-Go in December. At that show, they brought their own lighting and had some special merch for the event. However, for the full U.S. run, they only used house lighting and used merch from previous album cycles, with limited options of newer merch. As for their stage performance, Craig Mabbitt obviously had the shining stage performance in the band, with touring bassist Erik Jansen coming in at a close second. The rest of the band seemed like they were kind of just going through the motions, and overall, I just wasn’t wowed like I have been seeing their shows in the past. To be fair, the band was under the weather, so taking that into consideration, they played a solid set. The full lineup for Escape the Fate consists of vocalist Craig Mabbitt, guitarists Kevin Thrasher and TJ Bell, drummer Robert Ortiz, and bassist Erik Jansen. The band played a solid set but were upstaged once Blessthefall hit the stage next.

SETLIST

  1. We Won’t Back Down
  2. On To The Next One
  3. Ashley
  4. Something
  5. The Flood
  6. Let It Go
  7. You Are So Beautiful
  8. This War Is Ours (The Guillotine II)
  9. 10 Miles Wide
  10. Harder Than You Know
  11. It’s Just Me
  12. Do You Love Me
  13. Empire
  14. Broken Heart
  15. Gorgeous Nightmare
  16. One For The Money

Finally came Blessthefall from Phoenix, Arizona. Now of the two co-headliners, Blessthefall was by far more prepared and slayed the stage hard. The band brought a lot of lighting and special anniversary tour merch, which was what I’d expect from a 10-year anniversary tour for such an iconic album in the band’s discography. The band was extremely high energy, which is very consistent of the band. Just like Escape the Fate, I have seen them 10 or 11 times, and they always find a way to blow me away. Hearing the album that helped me get into metalcore being played in its entirety was absolutely mind blowing. Along with them playing the full “Witness” album, the band played 5 other songs, 3 of which came from 2018’s “Hard Feelings” and 2 from 2013’s “Hollow Bodies”. The band’s additional setlist was perfect and made their set truly one of the best I’ve ever seen them play live. Vocalist Beau Boken is always a joy to capture live, as he is so lively and is great at controlling the crowd. Guitarists Eric Lambert and Elliot Gruenberg were very lively and slayed those guitar parts. Bassist and screaming vocalist Jared Warth absolutely demolished the stage with his strong vocals and basslines. Touring drummer Conor White held down the fort and played previous drummer Matt Traynor’s parts to a t, while incorporating perfectly timed drum fills. Blessthefall stood out on this tour and ended the night by smashing out an amazing set.

SETLIST

  1. 2.0
  2. What’s Left Of Me
  3. To Hell and Back
  4. God Wears Gucci
  5. Hey Baby, Here’s That Song You Wanted
  6. Witness
  7. Last Ones Left
  8. Five Ninety
  9. We’ll Sleep When We’re Dead
  10. Skinwalkers
  11. You Deserve Nothing And I Hope You Get Less
  12. Stay Still
  13. Wishful Sinking
  14. Cutthroat
  15. Hollow Bodies
  16. You Wear A Crown But You Are No King

ENCORE

17. Sleepless In Phoenix