Saturday, February 27, 2010

Show Recap: We Came As Romans / Of Mice & Men / A Skylit Drive

Another sold out show at the Marquis Theater, crazy! I'm not used to so many people in this small venue, and while it makes for great energy, i'm short and can't see the band or the stage since the stage is only 2' high. times like these i think about asking Tahoe if i can sit on this shoulders, but well, that would just be awkward!

Anyway, last night was another sold out show, The Emptiness Tour featuring Alesana, supported by A Skylit Drive, The Word Alive, Of Mice & Men, and We Came As Romans. The order of the bands was really confusing to me since We Came As Romans was the opener. They had their first full-length album released last year and it was solid, one of my favorites. Of Mice & Men are releasing their first full-length in March so they don't even have (legal) music out yet, but yet they were playing after We Came As Romans . Then there's A Skylit Drive, a band that has been around for the last few years, but you could that they don't have a great following yet they played fourth. I would have had that all switched around.

Anyway, whatever, i can't change that although it did require me to leave early to get to the show since the one band, We Came As Romans , was playing first. I also got to leave early and get home before 10p since i don't really like Alesana.

The place was packed, with probably 90% of the crowd under 21 years old. Tahoe and I stayed in the fenced-off "adult" area so we could drink PBR and not deal with the little kids. We Came As Romans came on first and the crowd was totally into them. They opened with To Plant A Seed and the place went nuts. It’s always fun to feel the floor at the Marquis totally dipping due to tons of kids jumping up and down! Anyway, We Came As Romans have a great blend of screaming vocals contrasted with clean, in fact they have 2 lead singers, one is the screamer and the other does the clean. They write songs that are positive and fun to sing along with, super catchy choruses and they were in good form this night.

I think they had some of the best crowd support of the night, kids were singing the words very loudly and on To Plant A Seed the crowd kept singing the hook line “The first note that I ever sang” over and over even after the lead singer had stopped. I still can’t believe they were the opener this night.

It would have been a crowded stage with 2 singers, 2 guitars and a bass player and a drummer, but we were informed that their bass player had broken his toe so he played bass from off the stage. I have no idea why he couldn’t stand on stage but whatever, more room for the rest of the band to move around. We Came As Romans have one full-length released, which I felt was a top release from 2009 and they played To Plant A Seed, Roads That Don’t End, Broken Statues, Intentions, We Came As Romans Are The Reasons, and closed with Dreams. Tahoe said that he thought they lost steam through their set, but nonetheless he was impressed and I think he’s a fan now.

After We Came As Romans played it was Of Mice & Men’s turn. I’ve just recently starting checked these guys out, they’re a pretty new band which just released their debut full-length album a week ago. The story with Of Mice & Men is that the band was started by Austin, who was originally the lead singer with Attack Attack!, singing on their only full-length album and doing a pretty awesome job. For some reason he left the band and started Of Mice & Men, which is one of the reasons I checked them out, I enjoyed that Attack Attack! Record.

Unfortunately, before this tour started Austin had heart surgery and missed the whole tour, so the former front man from Sky Eats Plane, Jerry, was fronting Of Mice & Men. He was pretty entertaining, Tahoe and I both enjoyed his presence, he was very energetic and his voice was solid. After reading the message boards about the tour it turns out that Jerry doesn’t know the words to many of the Of Mice & Men songs, I couldn’t tell since I don’t know them either.

Anyway, they played most of the songs off their recent release. You tell this was a party band, with their A Milli intro and a cover of Lady Gaga’s Pokerface that had the whole place singing. The clean vocals were exceptionally good for a live performance; I think this band has some potential, they are currently signed to Rise Records.

The last band I went to see was A Skylit Drive out of Sacramento. They played fourth, which surprised me because they don’t have the following that some of the other bands had. They aren’t a great band, their albums are good but nothing special in my opinion. They are unique because their lead singer has a super-high voice, and he wears in-ear monitors live. But you can tell by my videos that the monitors weren’t helping him, he was terrible. In fact, the whole band was pretty bad, and the crowd had noticeably thinned out for their set. We left after their fifth song.

The other bands that played were Alesana, the headliner, and The Word Alive who played third. We were not impressed The Word Alive at all, their singer was weak. However we were impressed with their lead guitarist and his head-band, he was intense!

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