This past Sunday I spent the evening being a part of one of the coolest shows I have seen to date. As It Is announced their tour with support from Point North, Missouri natives Hold Close, and Sharptooth. If you also had the opportunity to experience this tour then you know just how cool it actually was.As It Is is a band that I have enjoyed and listened to for about four years now and was quick to jump at the chance to see them again. Especially when I found out that they were bringing Sharptooth out with them, as soon as that dropped Iknew it was something too unique to miss.
First I want to highlight the VIP option for this tour. It was well priced and easy to navigate. The sound check included the opportunity for a Q & A, the photos were taken professionally and you weren’t rushed during it. Also, I got a coloring book…how many bands do you guys know that give out their own COLORING BOOKS? None. As It Is. That’s it.
Then the show overall was incredibly impressive. Starting with Point North who were super versatile in their sound and style. I really enjoyed their songs and their set. Overall I think that these guys have the potential to have a rise such as that of Movements, which is a pretty big feat. I truly enjoyed their stage presence and their sound and I will be adding them to my spotify for sure.
Hold Close reminded me a lot of Cherry Pools. A very laid back and set with deep pink and purple tones in their lighting. They were a band that I might add to more of a laid back playlist, at least from what I saw at their live set. I think that they added a very unique feel to the tour and show in generaly by having such a different sound from all of the other bands on the bill. Overall, I enjoyed their set and I think that having them play before Sharptooth is probably the best way to describe the turns my music taste takes.
Sharptooth were next and all I can say about their set, is wow. Look, when you have a girl who is shorter (I’m 5’4″) and thinner than me, with a vocal like this there really isn’t much else to say.
This band is a new take on hardcore and put on one of the most intense sets I have EVER been able to experience. If you are even slightly into hardcore I will highly recommend checking these guys out. I am so happy that I got the chance to actually witness their set, even though their bassist had me scared for my life when he jumped up on the barricade right in front of me.
Finally As It Is took the stage, and gave a perfect end to a perfect show. There was a family type bond between the members as they also had their own highlight moments. The environment was open and welcoming to everyone and there was a constant aura of support and love fromthe crowd and the band. The songs were energetic and pulled you in, in short, this show was something I wish everyone who has ever struggled with abuse, mental illness, addiction, anything of the sort, could have experienced. It was almost cathartic for me, and I wish everyone could have felt that. This tour gave the band a chance to shine and to make a mark on people that supporting sets may not allow for. Being able to see this band perform a headline set versus a support set gave me a whole new dimension to see them in and to see around them. I am incredibly impressed with them and definitely consider them one of the best live bands.