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Everyone has the albums that made their year and the albums that made their decade. While that was originally what I had planned to make this post, I decided that there were certain songs, artists, albums, and aspects that should be highlighted as big parts of the decade for me as well…and why not have some fun with it?
All Time Low: My first concert in the alt-rock/lesser-known rock scene and my first GA show. The guys in All Time Low and the music they provided are so important to my musical preferences and my life today.


Breakdowns: This decade has brought us SO MANY amazing breakdowns, here are some of my favorites.

  • A Day To Remember “Resentment” (2:35)
  • Bring Me The Horizon “House Of Wolves” (1:47)
  • Ice Nine Kills “Thank God It’s Friday” (2:39) and “Me Myself and Hyde” (2:54)
  • Beartooth “Used and Abused” (2:18) and “Censored” (2:34)
  • I Prevail “Deadweight” (2:14) and “Come And Get It” (2:13)
  • Motionless in White “Thoughts & Prayers” (2:22) , “Disguise” (2:22) , and “Soft” (2:07)

Covers: Who DOESN’T love a good helping of Punk Goes Pop? Some of the most memorable covers include…

  • Beartooth “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones
  • A Day To Remember “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
  • Ice Nine Kills “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” by Green Day
  • I Prevail “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
  • Hands Like Houses “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia

Disease: When Beartooth dropped this record it sort of solidified them as my favorite band of all time. The raw emotion, the intensity of the tunes, the heart, and soul that Caleb Shomo poured into every song, makes for one of the best and most important albums of the decade in general. This album is also one of the most important albums to me personally as well. If anyone needs some music to relate to during hard times, give Disease a listen.


Entertainment: “Rare”, “11:11”, “Crybaby”, “Not Warriors”, LITERALLY the entire album is beautifully written and produced. These songs create a feeling of true love and heartbreak and even make you wanna punch some people in a pit…and by that I mean “Tantrum”…its a bop.

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Features: There are few things cooler than hearing an artist that you love chime in on a song from another artist that you love. Here are my favorites from this decade

  • Tonight Alive ft. Corey Taylor, “My Underworld”
  • All Time Low ft. Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, “Bail Me Out”
  • Simple Plan ft. Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, “Freaking Me Out”
  • Pierce The Veil ft. Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember, “Caraphernelia” (This one is better than “King For A Day” and I will argue that to my dying day.)
  • Neck Deep ft. Sam Carter of Architects, “Don’t Wait”
  • Ice Nine Kills ft. JR. Wasilewski and Buddy Schaub of Less than Jake and Will Salazar of Finix TX, “IT Is The End”

Gone In Your Wake: Thousand Below is one of the best up and coming bands out there right now and this record solidifies that. The songs are catchy, intense and all-around amazing.

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Headspace: I am not really a fan of issues anymore, but this album will always be a 10/10 record. The bass is so fun on it and Tyler Carter really shines on the vocals in many of the songs. It’s a fun listen for sure.

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Ice Nine Kills: This band is one of the most, if not THE most, creative bands in existence. If you guys know of a band that can put together an entire record based on books and then follow that up with an entire record based on movies and then put on the same intense shows that these guys do…please inform me of them.

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Justified”: When A Day To Remember released Bad Vibrations, I knew the album would have its place in history. It is easily the most diverse and well put together album that the band has created and it brings in EVERY aspect of them as a group. “Justified” makes that album what it is. It’s intense, it’s emotional, it’s really the backbone of the record.

Keep Your American Dream”: I really don’t have anything to say about this song, other than it is probably the best song on Disgusting and I seriously want to mosh to it. I never mosh. It’s that good.

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Lyrical genius: There are so many songs that I could highlight for this but this decade brought some of the most emotional and well-written songs. From tunes like “Clever” by Beartooth to songs like “And The Snakes Start To Sing” by Bring Me The Horizon, listeners were able to hear wordsmithing at it’s peak. The intense music behind the words was great too.
Motionless In White: Motionless In White OWNED 2019. They put out the album of the year and did extensive touring before the album even dropped, then they booked a co-headline with Beartooth to kickoff 2020. Plus they put on amazing shows throughout the decade and totally made themselves icons of the scene.


Neck Deep: The Peace and The Panic was easily one of the best albums of the decade and this bad seriously reinvigorated pop-punk. I sadly haven’t had the chance to see them yet but they’re on my list and very high on it too.

Overthinking”: Coming from the band’s most recent record “Anon.”, this song is easily one of the most important songs of the decade and creates such a unique mix of Jazz and Blues sounding guitar riffs with musical techniques that tie the song to this scene of Rock. It truly is a masterpiece.
Photography: I have been able to grow tremendously in my photography skills this decade and most of that growth has come from this past year. I had the opportunities to photograph The Wrecks, Thousand Below and Waterparks professionally this decade and had so many other great shots taken straight from my phone. Anyone can achieve great shots, all you have to do is try!

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Quitting: I couldn’t think of a word for Q and I know that while many members didn’t necessarily “quit” their bands, this decade had a lot of hiatuses and switching of members. Most recently My Chemical Romance ended their hiatus and Black Veil Brides parted ways with bassist Ashley Purdy. There were many others but I won’t list them all!
Revolution Radio: This solidifies that Green Day wins this decade. It was never debated that this group of guys weren’t afraid to make a statement when there was one to be made. Revolution Radio is just the statement that this decade needed and deserved. Plus the album is full of absolute bangers and the tour was INSANE.

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Set It Off: This decade brought me to one of my favorite bands of all time. Set It Off has been a huge part of my life for the last five years and I have made so many good memories with them and appreciate them and their music dearly.


Tours: I was able to experience SO many good tours this year and I am certain that they all did well.

  • Shinedown “Attention Attention” tour with Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria
  • Papa Roach “Who Do You Trust?” tour with Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves
  • Set It Off “Midnight World Tour pt 2” with Emarosa, Broadside, and Selfish Things
  • A Day To Remember “Degenerates” tour with I Prevail, Beartooth, and Can’t Swim
  • Green Day “Revolution Radio” tour with Catfish and The Bottlemen
  • The Rolling Stones “Zipcode” tour with Ed Sheeran

Unopened Windows”: Cody Carson seems to know how to write a song that gets me right in the feels no matter how many times I listen to it. This song means so much to me and it has gotten me through so many rough nights and continues to do so. My heart goes out to Cody and the boys in Set It Off, as it always does.

Vessel: This album is easily the best album Twenty One Pilots have put out to date. Songs on the album are iconic and all-around amazing. House of Gold and Trees are the two that stick out to me most. My favorite, however, would have to be Guns For Hands.

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Warped Tour: There is no denying that the ending of Warped Tour was a defining moment in music for this decade. Warped Tour was the biggest platform for exposure that this scene had and it allowed for thousands to be brought together in one place for a day of acceptance and fun. This tour was a huge relief for kids and will be missed dearly.

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X: Okay so does anyone ever have anything for “X” when they do this stuff? No? Cool, because neither do I.

Youngblood: 5 Seconds Of Summer have been a part of my life for almost the entire decade. So when I finally found my way back to them with this album I was thrilled with the way it sounded and the new sides it brought out. I absolutely adore this album and this band!

Zero”: When Crown The Empire dropped Retrograde, saying I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. This is easily the best song on that album and I will always love it.

What’s up guys, gals, and non-binary pals? I am back to talk with you about one of, if not THE best show that I have ever had the privilege to witness. When A Day To Remember announced this tour back in August, I am pretty sure I almost passed out. ADTR decided that they would take I Prevail and Beartooth out on a run and hit the KC area on Halloween. Did you guys think I wouldn’t be attending? No? Good. Here we go.

So either shortly before the tour started or shortly after, Can’t Swim was added to the tour. Being completely honest, they weren’t my cup of tea. I wasn’t exactly pulled into their performance but they were very festive so that was a plus.

Next came Beartooth. If you all haven’t gathered by now, Beartooth is my favorite band. This was my fifth time seeing Beartooth and honestly, I think this was one of my favorite performances that they have done. Maybe it was the costumes, maybe it was just an over the top night for the band but the energy was so uncontrollably high and everyone was getting into it. Not to mention Kamron decided that he wanted to get involved and ended up closing out the show on top of the crowd.

I Prevail absolutely stunned me. I had been in the area of their Warped Tour set in 2017 but ended up leaving early due to the level of fatigue my friend and I felt and since they were the last set of the night. Seeing them play live has been on my to-do list since then and I am so glad I finally did. These guys know how to put on a show and are so fun to watch. Then you add the facts that they were the team from dodgeball for Halloween and brought a six-year-old out on stage for their last song since he was dressed as Eric, and you can’t really deny that they’re amazing.

 

Then we witness A Day To Remember, who is easily one of the best live bands in music. This was the biggest show I have seen them perform and it was all around captivating. The lighting, the video wall, the crowd interaction, and not to mention one of the most badass openings to a show. When I first saw that the set began with “Downfall of Us All” I was curious as to what it would be like, since they usually close with that song. It was a great change and I seriously hope they keep it because that had the energy at an all-time high from the get-go and kept it there the whole night. One of the most emotional and engaging experiences I have ever been a part of at a show was when Jeremy came down to the barricade for the end of “Sometimes You’re the Hammer, Sometimes You’re the Nail”. He is one of the most intriguing lead singers in general, so to have him down and with the crowd made everything feel incredibly cohesive and genuine. I will always be a massive fan of A Day To Remember and their live show is something that I hope everyone gets the chance to experience at some point in their lives.

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Until next time…

As you all know, I have a special place in my heart for Set It Off. So when it had been over a year since I had seen them and they finally made their way back to Lawrence I had tickets and VIP bought within minutes of when they went on sale. Especially since they had Emarosa opening for them who I had been waiting four years to see (I told Bradley three but in reality its four because they were supposed to open for Blessthefall the first time I saw them…so there’s that).

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First we had Famous For A Day A local band from KC. They were super cute and had some really good presence. I am really excited to see what they grow into and where they go.

 

Then we had Selfish Things, who I hadn’t heard of before and oh my gosh do I recommend. Their lead singer Alex helped set up their stage and while he did that, he talked to all of us by the stage and made an effort to actually hold a conversation. Then you see him perform live with the company of the other members of the band and it is more than incredible. His voice is fantastic and if we’re being completely honest I think that Alex resembles Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots and I mean that whole heartedly and in the best possible way. Then, when added to the band the chemistry is undeniable.

 

Next, we have Broadside. I had seen Broadside live before on their past co-headline with With Confidence and I will be honest I wasn’t super impressed with that show. Something must have changed between December and this most recent show because I was astounded by the difference in atmosphere, energy, and overall performance of Broadside. There was massive crowd involvement, all you wanted to do was jump around, and can I also say that Ollie Baxxter is a great dancer? I definitely recommend Broadside, both in sound and in performance.

 

Emarosa is by far one of the GREATEST live bands I have seen to date. Period. They interact with the crowd heavily, interact with each other constantly and you can see just how much they love playing their music. Not to mention, the music is incredible and Bradley Walden has one of the best voices around. Waiting four years was definitely worth it and Emarosa has been added to my list of bands that I will do absolutely anything, to see live. Not to mention, they’re super nice guys? Great music, great performance, great people, you should love them just as much as I do. Thanks.

 

Finally, Set It Off. What can I say, I love them and they love their fans and the music they make. They are genuine musicians and people and know exactly how to put on a great show, complete with a massive drum solo, a tear jerking ballad, and a song that makes you wanna punch someone in the face. The tech screens were so impressive and the meet and greet was super personal as always. These guys honestly care about their fans and make every effort to make them feel appreciated. Once you love them, you can never really stop. So again, pay attention to Set It Off, if I haven’t said that enough already.

 

Until next time.

On Feb. 24 I had the pleasure of witnessing New Politics Lost in Translation tour with Dreamers and The Wrecks. This was my fourth time seeing New Politics, my third seeing The Wrecks, and my first seeing Dreamers.

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The Wrecks opened the show with the signature fire and energy they always have. These guys are one of the greatest bands I have ever experienced in my life. They perform with such passion and energy, their songs are so catchy and well written, and they blend so well on stage. They are surely a driving force in the music scene and I know the sky is the limit for them. Every chance I get to see them, I am more thrilled than I was the last time. I never know what exactly to expect, other than a damn good performance.

The Wrecks were followed by a band called Dreamers. They had a similar vibe to The Wrecks but they weren’t as energetic on stage. They gained some momentum however when the lead singer came out into the crowd. Overall the sound was good and many of their songs had well developed lyrics, they just weren’t really my type. I definitely respect them as artists however.

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Finally, New Politics took the stage. I was excited to see them headline for the first time and I was definitely not disappointed. They put together the perfect set list to keep the energy going at all times, the vocals were exceptionally good, and they encompassed songs from each of their albums. I always enjoy a show that brings new and old songs together. It was also a great feeling to see so many people there to support these guys. I saw them for the first time in 2014 when they played Kansas City’s Red White and Boom festival with Fall Out Boy. They completely captivated me, however many of the people there were not paying much attention to them. Then to see them now, with a pretty big crowd and so many people singing along, it was such a heartwarming feeling. I will always recommend people to see New Politics any chance that they get.

Overall, I really enjoyed this show. I felt that it was a great show for The Wrecks, who are a band that is gaining momentum each day in this scene and deservedly so. I also felt that it was a great show put on by New Politics and that they are also gaining fans by the day, and I truly hope that all the bands on this tour continue in their artistic ventures, because they are truly great musicians.

It was definitely a night to remember at the A Day To Remember concert. I was so thrilled to get the chance to see these guys in concert, as the last six times I had the opportunity to see them complications made that impossible.

The show opened with a band called The Devil Wears Prada, I had never heard them before. I wasn’t a huge fan of their sound, it might have been the acoustics being slightly off, but they did have a great energy on stage.

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They were followed by Falling In Reverse. This was my second time seeing them and I enjoyed this set much more than the first time I saw them live. The first time, the set was at warped tour in 2016, so therefor was short and felt incredibly rushed. This set allowed them to take more time with their songs and they had much more of a presence at this show. I really enjoyed seeing the band own the stage. Their sound was also incredibly raw and well rounded. I will definitely see these guys any chance that I get.

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Falling in reverse were followed by the icons Papa Roach. I listened to Papa Roach when I was younger, and knew two of the songs on their set only because I hadn’t listened to them for years. Man do I regret that, I was entranced by their set. Jacoby Shadix is one of the BEST performers I have ever seen in my life. The energy he brought to the set was astounding and I really liked many of the new songs they performed. It was also really cool to see a band that my mother had seen years ago, still have such a devoted fanbase now.

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Finally, A Day To Remember took the stage. Seeing them perform finally was definitely worth the wait. I felt the energy soar to a new height with the first song the band performed. They threw beach balls on the crowd, had people on top of crowd surfers, and there was not a stationary body in the room at any point during their set. I sang, I screamed, and when they played “I remember” I broke down into tears. The set did a great job of encompassing all that the band had accomplished in their 15 years and I am sure that anyone who experienced this tour feels the same way.

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend that any fan of A Day To Remember, new or old, see this tour. It is definitely worth the time and money spent for the show. I am confident that a tour like this will never occur again and I truly feel terrible for any who don’t get to experience this tour.

So throughout this project, I have had the opportunity to see many new and different venues. I am going to dedicate this post to giving a little insight into my favorite ones. So, in no particular order,

The Truman (Kansas City, MO) – I first went to this venue in October for the Motionless in White show. The venue was super cool, it looked like they had renovated an old auto-mechanic shop. The staff was super nice, it was really hot the day of that show and the staff brought out bottles of water for those waiting in line. I also saw a pick on the floor that night and at almost any other venue I have been to the guards would have ignored me if I had asked for it. Here I simply pointed to the pick hoping the guard would know what I meant and he used his flashlight to get it for me. This was one of my favorite venues yet.

The Granada (Lawrence, KS) – This is the venue I visit the most when it comes to shows. This place feels like home to me. I have seen a total of nine shows at this venue and I can’t wait to see more. The staff here are nice as well, even though sometimes the way they are with the VIP experiences is a little unorganized. The venue gives off a family vibe which I appreciate greatly. It also gives off a grungy feel which I think adds to the scene vibe all together. Overall, this is also one of my favorite venues due to how comfortable I am with it.

The Cotillion  (Wichita, KS) – This venue reminds me of the Granada, only slightly larger and a bigger stage. The venue is also rounded out, so the back of the stage is sort of a circle. I really can’t describe it any other way. The show I saw here was In This Moment and Motionless in White. I enjoyed all the tables they had at the back to go sit on and rest. I also enjoyed how simple it was, therefore there was little confusion.

The Bottleneck (Lawrence, KS) – I absolutely love the layout of this venue/bar. There are bleachers off to the side and booths at the top, there are a couple steps that lead down to the floor and a small stage. I enjoyed the openness of the venue with having the pool tables and such in the front. I saw The Wrecks here and enjoyed taking photographs here due to the fact that I could get great shots from anywhere!

 

I highly recommend these venues to any Kansas concert goers. I enjoy the staff, layouts, and sound quality of all of these venues. If any readers have any concert stories they would like to share, tweet me! @Natlindz !

 

Thank you for reading!

 

Before listening: I don’t think that I will be a big fan of this album, it seems too mainstream for me. I was and still am a huge fan of the older fall out boy and I know that this album is a pretty big shift from that. However, I feel that this album is probably a big step out of the bands comfort zone and I gain so much respect for artists who take such large leaps like this. So, I’m skeptical but interested, so lets get started.

Young and menace: I love the first line of this song, as well as the Nikki Sixx line. The chorus is so intense and delivers such a drive and brings the confusion factor that seems to be what this album was meant to bestow on its listeners. Then going from the intense chorus into the subtle verse…I can’t put my finger on one exact point in this song that sets it in for me, but I am honestly all for this side of fall out boy.

Champion: Slow intro, softer sound then right into harsh vocals. Very empowering. Overall there is something about this song that I feel is missing musically. Maybe it’s that it just doesn’t really go anywhere. Many of the bands songs are somewhat unpredictable, where as this one is not. I feel that this song could have been made a lot more than it is, but it isn’t my song to create or perform. This song is very lyrically driven however.

Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea: Okay um…weird title, but what else is new with Fall Out Boy? I like the intro, it’s dark and cool. I like the bridge a LOT. Again, this seems like a much more simple melody than what you would expect from them, but this song holds a lot of lyrical value and Patrick is taking a new road with his vocals, which is working well for him!

HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T: Okay, alright, this is different. Dark lyrics and a  lighter sound, and I have always been a fan of that kind of contradiction. I like the whistles and marimba and snapping a lot, I think it adds to the “dreamy” feel that the song seems to entail. The chorus is nice as well.

The Last Of The Real Ones: Nice light piano, the bridge in this song stands out to me vocally. I really really like this chorus. I think this might be one of my favorite songs on this album. I like the tunnel vision line and I like the speed up on the last of the real ones.

Wilson (Expensive Mistakes): I like the songs when Patrick stays in his lower range and I actually really enjoy the lyrics in this song. I like the “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color” line. This song is brutally honest and I respect that a lot, i think this song is lyrically my favorite on the album, I’m not a big fan of the sound of it however.

Church: Ha, the church music intro, I get it. I feel that this song is missing something as well. I think that again, vocally this one is great but I feel that it lacks lyrically and musically. This one really doesn’t impress me.

Heaven’s Gate: I LOVE THE SLOWER VIBE. The slow swing vibe is one of my favorite sounds and then mixing it with Patricks unique vocals is a combination that is so much more beautiful than one might expect. This is a unique take on a love song in this scene and I really like it. I really like the choruses in this song and the slide in heaven’s during the chorus. This one is definitely one of my favorites on the album.

Sunshine Riptide: Yeah, I’m really not a fan of this song either. I like the chorus but everything leading up to it is too simple and basic for my taste.

Bishops Knife Trick: I like the softer tone. I also notice the subtle guitar during the verses. I really like the chorus though, it’s nice. I think this is one of the better songs on the album, and it is lyrically very developed.

 

After listening: I will say, I liked it more than I thought I would. Is it my favorite? Oh no, absolutely not. I think that Fall Out Boy saw their opportunity to take a new route and so they took it. They did really well taking that route, and they created really developed songs and some really unique sounds. This album wasn’t really my style though, so as a review I will have to say I wasn’t entirely in love. I felt that some of the songs were too simple and that had they maybe had a little bit more vocal variety or a melodic variety I would have liked it a lot more.

Fall Out Boy is heading out on tour this year! You can get tickets right here! https://falloutboy.com/tour/

Now, if you aren’t a Neck Deep fan, this title may throw you for a bit of a loop. If however, you have indeed heard of the band, this title sounds incredibly familiar, and after listening to the bands newest album “The Peace and The Panic”, this statement couldn’t hold more true.

Let’s face it, these guys are bringing back punk. There isn’t a band around right now that sounds exactly like them, and that is a great thing to be able to say. With bands around in this scene right now, you can almost always say, ‘Hey, they remind me of so and so’ which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s very rare to find a band such as Neck Deep, who in my opinion have their very own sound.

Now, onto their album.

Before this album I will admit, I wasn’t a fan of the band. Upon hearing these new songs though I gained a greater appreciation for their older music. This album opened me up to the band and I am not disappointed in the slightest. With songs such as ‘Happy Judgement Day’ and ‘Where Do We Go When We Go’ that have a very fast sound and make you want to scream the lyrics and jump around. You also are blessed with total bops like ‘In Bloom’ and ‘Heavy Lies’ that are such great and amazing relationship ballads. The band also gives us songs that hit us all right in the feels with songs like ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ’19 Seventy Sumthin” which both encompass loss that was experienced.

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Looking to the subject matter of the songs, we can see that this band really knows how to apply to their fans, from worldly matters, to relationships, to loss, there is more than likely a song that one can relate to and that is always a nice feeling for a fan.

Overall, this is definitely a band that nobody should sleep on. These guys are already huge, and they won’t be stopping here, I can tell they have much, much, more in store. Keep your eyes on them, and your ears open to them, because I promise you, you won’t be disappointed if you do.

 

Catch Neck Deep on tour in the US Jan-Feb of next year! Check out the dates below and follow the links to get tickets!

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https://www.neckdeepuk.com/#tour

 

 

Hey guys I am back again with another show review! I’m trying super hard to get interviews at my upcoming shows, but for now we just have some reviews!

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting and seeing All Time Low for a second time. When I arrived at the venue there were many people there, and it was already quite hot. Standing outside for a couple of hours before the signing and meet and greet was definitely a grueling experience. When we finally did go in for the signing it was incredibly rushed, however there were a lot of people so I can understand why it was rushed. Then we went back outside for the meet and greet line before going back in for the pictures. Again, these were rushed along too, which even though I didn’t like, I understood.

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Finally when the show rolled around and The Wrecks took the stage, I was ready to hear some amazing music, and I was not denied that. The Wrecks are a fairly small band…and by fairly small I mean having three songs out at the moment. That did not stop them from putting on an amazing performance. These guys are super energetic and have amazing stage chemistry, not to mention they sound INCREDIBLE. The future of this band is bright and I will make sure to keep you all updated because I will not miss a show of theirs!

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Next was one of my favorite bands, Waterparks. This show was my third time seeing them and for a third time, they blew me away. I will always support this band and go to every show I possibly can for these guys. Their performances are always fun and full of energy. Not to mention they always take endless amounts of time to stay after the shows and meet their fans. These guys are super sweet and dedicated in every way to their fans and their music, if any band is an example of true artists, its Waterparks.

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Then came the band SWMRS, and also comes my first disappointment. I hadn’t heard the band before and I was definitely looking forward to hearing something from them. When they first started I was able to get into their sound but as their set went on, I found myself getting bored and not being able to understand what they were saying. They seemed to have fun on stage but I simply was not a fan.

Then All Time Low hit the stage. In comparison to the last time I saw these guys, it was like night and day in terms of their stage set up. Last time they had large banners with each member on them and this time they had a video set up and intro and the lights always coordinated with whatever was playing on the screen. Their set up was truly mesmerizing.

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In terms of their set, again I was blown away. This band really knows how to play a show, they interacted with the crowd, told funny stories and pointed out things they saw around the venue. I think my favorite part was when they played “Dirty Laundry”. I loved the backing video they had for it and the song mixed with the lights just made my jaw drop.

The only downside to this show was that the crowd was very packed. I loved that there were a lot of fans there to support All Time Low but there was no room for even the slightest movement. I know, “If you’re going to go to the show, don’t complain about the crowd”, but, that was my only downside to the show.

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Overall, If any of you have the chance to see The Wrecks, Waterparks, or All Time Low, I highly suggest you do because all of these bands are performances you truly won’t be able to experience from any other bands.

Hey everyone! I recently went and saw Light Up The Sky on their Nightlife In Revolt tour with Youth in Revolt, Thousand Below, and Vesta Collide. There were many other bands that opened for them, one of which was a female band called Doll Skin (Twitter @DollSkinBand). I was pleasantly surprised by them actually, their presence and sound was incredible and I will gladly see them again!

The other bands, Vesta Collide and Thousand Below also put on great performances. I didn’t know any of the bands on this tour except for Light Up The Sky and I can truly say that I am now a fan of every band that was on this tour, and I highly recommend that you all check them out too!

When Light Up The Sky played their set I was taken back to when I saw them with Crown The Empire back in November. They were just as energetic and just as fun. This is saying a lot considering in November they were playing to a crowd of over 200 people and this show was played to maybe 20 people. The crowd has a lot of effect on a bands set and there was definitely no stopping these guys from putting on an energetic set.

At that show I also interviewed Ray Luna of Light Up The Sky, he was super cool and gave me great answers. You all can check that out down below! (Sorry about the crappy audio in some places. We had to do the interview outside and the editing app I have to use for the moment wouldn’t let me split the audio tracks!)

Thank you all for reading and I will hopefully have another concert post up soon!

Hey there! It’s just me…Natalie! Back again and more excited than ever! Wouldn’t you be if your favorite band released new killer music? I thought so! So today I bring you a review of All Time Low’s most recent album, Last Young Renegade, let’s get into this.

 

1. Last Young Renegade (Title Track):

Alright, so this song opens in a way that most people would not expect an All Time Low song to sound. The song opens with a softer faded out sound and then gets fully opened by the drums, Thank God for Rian Dawson am I right? The song goes into the chorus which brings back some faint hints of Future Hearts sounding guitars. This song shows that the band have made some changes to their sound. Now, if we look all the way back to Put Up Or Shut Up and make our way up to this album, one will notice that these guys are constantly changing their sound in some way. In my opinion, they have yet to make a decision that doesn’t result in awesome tunes and songs everyone wants to sing. This track shows the bands move to something new and sets the tone for the album, new but exciting.

2. Drugs and Candy

This song shocked me the most. I ended up falling deeply in love with this song and for many reasons. The first reason is that I feel that this song is meant to parallel the title track, which seems to have a much more positive undertone about the love, while this one seems to highlight the underlying destruction it caused. I also like the driving intensity of the beat behind Alex Gaskarths smooth vocals. This song also adds to the already set mood of the album, it adds the personal ties. Not to mention the incredible shout of “I don’t want to give it up!” by Gaskarth again adding to the emotional pull of the song. This song is to me one of the most unique tracks I have ever heard from this band, and I love it.

3. Dirty Laundry

With this being the first single release off the album, this song was what was meant to give the fans a taste of what the band was up to and how they were changing up their sound. I will admit when I first heard this song I was a little skeptical of what these guys were trying to do. As the song went on I began to feel the familiar feeling of any All Time Low song, the insatiable feeling to stand up and sing. This song starts off in a very unconventional way and then slowly builds its way into something more like the Future Hearts/Don’t Panic era of the band’s music. The way that each element of the song is added in, beginning of course with Gaskarths vocals which remind me of something you might hear off of a song off the band’s album Dirty Work, followed by Dawsons beat, which is followed by the lead guitar of Jack Barakat and the bass work of Zack Merrick. Overall this song is unique in its own ways but is a very valuable addition to the album.

4. Good Times

This song brought tears to my eyes the first time I heard and for the multiple times I heard it after. The message behind this song is one that is often tried to be expressed in many songs, but this one expresses it the best. By the lines about the devil caring and not minding, and having middle fingers up on an ego trip. It shows the honesty of how Gaskarth felt he was in his past and how he feels toward his past life. This song opens us up to something as listeners and fans that many artists don’t allow their fans to see. The softer track behind the lyrics add immensely to the sensitivity of the song and completely round this track out. This song radiates the bitter sweetness of time and what it takes, and also what it give.

5. Nice2KnoU

WOW. Talk about a shift in gears?! This song begins with the quick guitar right off the bat unlike the other songs on the album thus far and reminds me a lot of the Don’t Panic era. The fact that All Time Low can incorporate so many different aspects into their album, whether they be aspects from past albums or not,  is a sure sign that they are and always will be a driving force in the music industry. This song also seems like a parallel to the previous track, as it seems to have more of a reminiscing view of the past while this one has a sense of excitement for the future and not letting it slip away. This is one of my favorite tracks off the album, and it really ties to the story that the album is seeming to tell.

6. Life Of The Party

This song is also quite different sounding from the other songs on the album. It shows a bit of sincerity in the vocals and the background track is also somewhat mellow while still stressing a point. This track I feel blends especially well and has a nice way of showing something that means a lot to Alex as a person. This also was a single released off the album early on and when it was released it made me think a little and pairing it with the other released tunes I began to be able to see that there was an underlying story throughout the tracks. This song left me wanting to know the next chapter of that story.

7. Nightmares

The first time I heard this song I also cried. This is such a personal song and this allows many people to interpret the song how they wish and however fits them best. Something I have always noticed with All Time Low is that they always have at least one song on each record that give the message that someone else understands, at least somewhat, of what you may be going through. The technical parts of this song that draw me are the way the line “There’s a ghost in the back of this room and I don’t like it” is sang, and the chorus ending where it goes into a faded mix of Alex singing along with a drum beat. I find both of those aspects of the song really enjoyable. I also like the bridge part in the song where there is a nicely added guitar part. Overall this song is one that I, and I’m sure other fans, will treasure forever.

8. Dark Side Of Your Room

This song gives off a slight eerie feel at the beginning but goes into a more upbeat track. I think this song also brings in the more alt-rock guitar that most of us associate with the band. I really enjoy this song as whole, especially the notches on your bedpost line. I feel that this song would be a great one to hear live, I feel that it would be one of those songs that would get everyone up and moving.

9. Ground Control

This song is very unique. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first, and I still don’t completely know. It’s special that is a definite. I think that the chorus is very well worked and the vocals by duo Tegan and Sara definitely add a level to this song that I find nice. This song very fluent and well written, and it sounds really pretty listening to it. I think that my favorite part is the chorus with the duo and Alex’s vocals mixing. The voices blend astonishingly well and make a very clean and dreamy sound. This song is definitely very different, but that is always something that artists like to show!

10. Afterglow

This is my favorite track on the album by far. The intro to the song is very sweetly executed and this song overall gives off such a positive and together feeling. It shows strength and unity. I also love the build to the chorus, “We aint got nowhere to go, caught up in the afterglow”, that signals instant dancing for me…and I don’t dance. This song is such a well-developed song, lyrically and musically. It feels like one of those songs one would sing at a bonfire with all their friends, or one you would hear over a scene in a movie where the couple is driving down the highway all cute and everything. My inner romantic squeals every time I hear this song. ALSO CAN WE TAKE A MINUTE TO TALK ABOUT THE ENDING VOCALS?! WOW.

In Conclusion:

All Time Low’s Last Young Renegade mixes aspects from many of their previous albums. This record also took a large step in a new direction that I think worked to their advantage. Does this album sound like the “Old All Time Low”? No. Is that a good thing? You get to decide that! If an artists music continues to sound the same it will get run down and nobody will want to hear their new stuff because it will sound like the old stuff. I feel that artists who change their sound with each record are showing how versatile and strong they are as musicians, showing that there really aren’t strong genera boundaries, and that they can show any side of them that they want to! This album takes All Time Low in a new direction and I think it was a right road to take. I think this album was definitely a success for the band, and that it encompassed their growing as artists very well.

Last wrap-ups:

I will be attending the Last Young Renegade tour in Kansas City on July 15th. Any readers who see this stop and say hi! I will also be willing to take in a couple of letters from fans to give to the guys at their signing, so make sure you find me! Next Saturday I also have an interview with a band from Lawrence Kansas called Sweet Ascent, so if any of you have heard of them or want to send in fan questions for them, hit me up on twitter! @natlindz and hopefully soon I will be putting up my first video, which will include a furry friend you will all see a lot of!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

Hey guys! Today I bring to you a recap of The American Nightmare tour with Beartooth, Underoath, and Bring Me The Horizon!

To start off the day, I got the venue, The Midland Theater in Kansas City, at about 10 am and there were already four or five people in line! My friends Seanna, Shelby, and I met up with some new friends, all the way from South Dakota, Michael and his sister Grace, and got early entry passes into the venue and then played some games in a coffee shop. Then around three in the afternoon we went back to the venue and stood by the early entry doors and waited. I met up with Nadia in line later on as well! With our passes we got in 30 minutes early and were barricade for the show, Nadia was close enough to the front of the line she was able to stand with us as well!

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The first opener was Beartooth, check out my last post for a review of their most recent album, one of my favorite records ever, Aggressive! They opened their set with the title track aggressive and from the second the song started the energy in the room surged to a height I had only experienced when at a Blessthefall show. The energy never died during that set and I can now honestly say that I will never pass up the chance to see Beartooth live. They are one of the most energetic bands I have seen and they have the power to unite a mass of people through their music. Their set was truly unforgettable!

Then Underoath played their set. I’m going to be honest here, I had listened to Underoath a couple times before but I had never really gotten into their stuff. Seeing them perform live was well, an experience. Their vocalist, Spencer Chamberlain, has an amazingly developed voice and he sounds incredible on stage! Almost better, if NOT better, than on recordings! Yet, for me I wasn’t really pulled in, the energy seemed to drop when their set started, but I feel that might have been because there did not seem to be as many underoath fans there as their were for the other bands. Also, there were a couple of their fans that were incredibly rude which kind of took away from the experience of their set all together. I have absolutely nothing against this band or their fanbase, I also don’t think I would mind seeing them again, but this was most definitely not what I had expected at all.

When the lights went down for Bring Me The Horizon the hype lifted far more than it had at any other point during the night. That is what is supposed to happen right? The band opened with Happy Song and got everyone going! Their backdrops were incredible as well, totally mesmerizing and amazingly beautiful! I think my favorite songs that they performed were The House of Wolves, Avalanche, Sleepwalking and True Friends. Over the past couple years I had tried to see Bring Me The Horizon twice, the first time when they were on tour with PVRIS and had a show in Wichita and then again in 2016 when they played at the midland, then I finally got to see them this year, third time really is the charm I guess! The band held the attention of the crowd from the moment they stepped on the stage, and just like Beartooth, I will never miss the opportunity to see these guys again!

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Overall The American Nightmare tour gave me the opportunity to experience a feeling at a show I had only experienced twice in my life and it was truly a great time. I recommend that anyone who has the chance to see any of the three bands that were on this tour, takes advantage of that chance. I promise you, you will not regret it!

 

 

PS: Thank you to the new friends that I met at the show who provided me with these pictures since my phone died before the show:( Seanna Fisher, Candice, Elli, and Cassidy Heiss, Cassidy also gave me a beartooth set list and guitar pick that she caught which was so awesome of her!