“Happy. Sucks Live!” Show Review

Photo Credit: @whackkat

In the fall of 2020, Happy. released their sophomore full-length album, titled “Imposter Syndrome.” Many bands have been performing virtual shows during the pandemic, and Happy. jumped on that bandwagon to do a virtual show of their own in support of this new record.

They opened their set with one of their newest tracks, “Dullboy,” an upbeat, carefree track that highlights life on the road, followed by “Hooky,” a more midtempo song that talks about the struggle of trying to maintain a balance between work and home life. 

The band’s set quickly reached its midpoint, and they decided to throw in an older track, “Don’t Overdose And Drive,” a fan favorite from the band’s debut LP, “Cult Classic” that’s quickly become one of their most popular songs. After this, they slowed things down a little bit and played the closing track from “Imposter Syndrome,” “Black Picket Fence.” The song is primarily acoustic, and will certainly have fans waving their cell phone lights in the air when the band performs this in front of an in-person audience one day. 

Before we all knew it, the set reached its conclusion, and the band closed out the show with another song of theirs that’s gained quite a bit of popularity lately – “Liarliar.” The energy and raw emotion found throughout the song grab my attention with every listen, and it’ll undoubtedly be one of the best songs of theirs to hear live.

The title of this show is ironic, because Happy. definitely does not suck live. The band put on a performance that captivated me throughout (and I think the rest of the virtual audience would agree with me on that), and I’m happy (pun definitely intended) that I finally got to see this band live for the first time.

Twenty One Pilots’ Bandito Tour ft MisterWives Review

Columbus, ohio based duo twenty one pilots have quickly become one of the biggest names in alternative music, and there’s been even more hype (see what I did there?) about them with their latest album, “Trench,” which dropped last year. They did a headlining tour in support of it last year, which I attended, and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see them again when they announced a return to Denver as part of an additional leg of this tour.

Opening up the night was NYC based band Misterwives, who combine influences of pop, alternative, dance, soul and folk music. I’ve seen them live once before when they opened for Panic! At The Disco a few years ago, and was just as impressed by them this time around. The band opened with their latest singles “The End” and “whywhywhy,” (as well as adding in “Coloring Outside The Lines from their sophomore album “Connect The Dots” in between the two new singles), followed by an unreleased song called “Find My Way Home,” and a cover of the very popular “Truth Hurts” by hip hop artist Lizzo, and the set was closed out with “Reflections” and “Our Own House” from the band’s debut with the same title as that last track. The band brought so much energy all throughout their set, were so much fun to watch, and I think they put on a great opening set.

Twenty One Pilots finally took the stage in the arena they headlined almost a year ago, and these two really know how to put on a show and captivate the audience. Their set opened with “Jumpsuit,” (same as on the last tour), followed by “Levitate,” both of which are from their latest album “Trench.” Towards the end of that second song, frontman Tyler Joseph grabbed a tambourine from his jacket to use during their third song, “Heavydirtysoul” from 2015’s “Blurryface.” The band involves their fans quite a lot throughout their shows, and one way they did so on this tour was by recording clips of the fans who camped outside throughout the day singing the beginning of their fourth song, “The Hype,” and using that as the intro for the song when they performed it by playing these clips on the giant screens in the arena. A ukelele was incorporated into the performance during “Lane Boy,” and the due added their hits “Stressed Out” and “Heathens” into the set before they walked over to the B-stage towards the end of “Nico & The Niners.” In this area of the venue, they played “Smithereens,” “Tear In My Heart,” “Bandito,” a partial version of “Migraine,” and some of “Pet Cheetah” before walking back to main stage and finishing the song there.

Two more fan interactions happened around this point in the set, as the crowd held up Tyler for a portion of “Holding On To You,” and drummer Josh Dun did the same for a drum solo at the end of “Morph,” and another highlight around this point in the set was when MisterWives joined the duo to perform “Cut My Lip” together. After “Holding On To You” finished, musician Dr. Blum played the trumpet during “Fall Away,” followed by the band playing three of their biggest songs: “Ride,” “My Blood,” and “Car Radio.” The encore began with a karaoke version of “Truce” playing with the lyrics displayed on the screen in the arena, as tens of thousands of fans sang along to every meaningful lyric. One final song off of “Trench” was played (“Chlorine”) before the set concluded with “Trees,” the song that the band have finished their live sets out with for many years, and it’s such a fun song to hear live.

Both of the bands on this tour put on phenomenal performances and this show of the Bandito tour might have been one of the most fun shows I’ve attended this year.

10/27/19 @ Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

Review by : Megan Langley | Instagram

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Free Throw ft Chris Farren, Youth Fountain & Macseal | Fall 2019 Tour

I’ve heard a lot about Free Throw over the past couple of years through the albums they’ve released and tours they’ve been apart of, but really became a fan of them this year when they released their third album, “What’s Past Is Prologue.” The band began a headlining tour in support of this record, with support from Chris Farren, Youth Fountain and Macseal, which I attended the Denver date of.

Macseal kicked off the night. The emo/alternative quartet played songs that spanned their discography as a band so far, from playing “Cats” and “5:45 AM (Not Fun)” from their 2015 self-titled debut EP, to “Harry” and “Next To You” from their 2017 release “Yeah, No, I Know,” and “Golden Hour” and “Sure, Thing Shelly” (which was a great choice to open the set with) from their most recent EP to date, 2018’s “Map It Out.” Their set also included music from their upcoming debut LP, “Super Enthusiast,” – the lead single “Always Hazy,” and another new song from the record. Macseal put on a very fun and energetic set and started off the show very well.

Speaking of energy, that’s easily a word I’d use to describe the set from the next band, Youth Fountain. The Canadian pop punk band played several songs from their recently released debut album, “Letters To Our Former Selves,” an album that has also quickly become one of my favorites of this year so far. I love the band’s more emotional and slightly aggressive take on pop punk, and that all shows even more through their incredible live show. From the set opener (Rose Coloured Glass) to the song that not only closed out their set, but also closes out their album (“Blooms”) and the many songs in between (“Letters To Our Former Selves,” “Complacent,” “Worried,” “Moody,” “Deadlocked,” and “Grinding Teeth”), the crowd was singing and shouting along with them, bringing as much energy and passion as the band did throughout the entire set.

 

Next up was Chris Farren, who’s been releasing music under his own name for a few years now. He opened with the very catchy “Search 4 Me,” one of two singles that he’s released so far from his upcoming record, “Born Hot.” (The other single of the two is “Surrender,” which he played later on in the set). He also played a lot of previous material, including the singles “Where U Are” and “The Way That I Love U Has Changed,” and three songs from his sophomore album “Can’t Die” – “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Human Being,” and “Say You Want Me.”

Closing out the night was Free Throw. Throughout their hour long set, they played eleven songs, also spanning from throughout their entire discography, including a handful of tracks from “What’s Past Is Prologue” (“The Corner’s Dilemma,” “Tail Whip, Struggle,” “You Don’t Say That” and the title track), as well as some older favorites, such as “Better Have Burn Heal” and “Randy, I Am The Liquor” from their sophomore album “Bear Your Mind,” and “Tongue Tied,” “Two Beers In,” and “Good Job, Champ,” from their debut LP, “These Days Are Gone.” With each song they played, the band brought so much energy and so much emotion, putting on a great live show overall.

Photos + Review courtesy of Megan Langley | Instagram

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Death of a Bachelor Tour | 3/8/17

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My experience at the Panic! At The Disco concert was amazing. This was my first huge concert besides warped tour and it was spectacular. The visuals they put on the screens were really great because they gave a story to the whole concert. Before the concert started, they put teasers of Brendon walking to the stage and a countdown on the screens. Brendon’s voice of course was like Jesus to my ears and the rest of the guys played amazingly as well. I loved how they played songs from each album they have ever released. The variety of songs was probably my favorite factor of this concert. Confetti was also shot out at the crowd and I was one of those people to pick up some pieces of course. The visuals were amazing and everywhere you looked new surprises came about.

Photo & Review by : Rachael Cox

The End Is Here : NYC Tour Review

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On January 27th, I attended my first show of 2017. I got to attend “The End Is Here” tour. It was an honor to start this year off with these three amazing bands, Falling In Reverse, Issues and Motionless In White. On tour, they had the help of upcoming bands Dead Girls Academy and Dangerkids as opening acts for the three. I must say, each band gave it their all on this night. The lighting for each set was absolutely phenomenal. My friend and I bought VIP for the show, with VIP we got to meet all three main acts. Meet and greet with Falling In Reverse went pretty quick, The guys in Issues made the time to talk to each fan and greet them very kindly. But when we got to Motionless In White, they stopped meeting the fans after I guess a certain time limit, so we did not get to meet them. Did not receive any of the merchandise to come with the package as well. VIP was very messy, there were three lines for each act. I feel we should have received what we paid for to seem fair. No big deal to us though. First time ever hearing Dead Girls Academy and Dangerkids, I was in shock with their stage presence. Very energetic. Issues, Motionless In White and Falling In Reverse had fantastic stage presence as well. Each band had a theme for their set, which was pretty amazing. Overall, the whole show was killer. Bravo to each band and the members for giving it their all. Such a fun night, I suggest catching this tour when it hits a city near you.

Review by : Gina Castaldi

World Tour – Paramount Long Island NY

A look back to 2014… On November 24th I went to the Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens, The World Tour. The openers for this show included Beartooth and This Wild Life. Both of those bands are extremely talented. Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens blew me away. I had never seen either of those bands live before and they sounded perfect. Pierce the Veil started the show and sang hits such as Bulletproof Love, Im Low on Gas and You Need a Jacket, and of course King for a Day featuring Kellin Quinn of Sleeping with Sirens. King for a Day was the last song on the Pierce the Veil set allowing for a perfect lead into the Sleeping with Sirens set. Sleeping with Sirens opened with a new track, Kick Me. They sang other songs such as Roger Rabbit, If you Can’t Hang, and Do it Now Remember it Later. All in all the show was fantastic. I even managed to get some fairly decent photos with the point and shoot I brought to the show. The energy from the audience made the show that much better. If you ever get the chance to see any of those bands live I highly recommend you do so.

Review & Photos by Rebecca McKay