I am back and hopefully will be more current for a couple months! Today I would like to highlight a band that I have just recently become a fan of, Motionless In White.

Over this past summer, I had to opportunity to attend many concerts and had a BLAST! I originally was not set to see these guys live, but two days before the concert my good friend Seanna contacted me with a free ticket. You can’t refuse a free concert right?! So I went and I saw Motionless In White with In This Moment on one leg of their Half God Half Devil tour.

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Lets start out with the sound of the band.  I had NEVER listened to these guys before I saw them live, so I wasn’t quite aware of what I should be expecting. However, I was not in any way disappointed. It is very unique to say the least, but its also incredibly enjoyable. The vocals are distinctive and for me, quite empowering. Chris’s live vocals are incredibly developed and well executed.

Watching the band play was a spectacle as well. They had a Halloween themed set up, a creepy looking picket fence and pumpkins stuck on the fence posts. They also had someone come out in costumes and throw candy into the crowd, along with shooting the crowd with a water gun. I was truly captivated by the performance all together and at that moment I knew I would be sure to see them again!

After this show I did begin to actively listen to Motionless In White and I can honestly call myself a fan now. Off of their newest album “Graveyard Shift” I currently find myself jamming to Rats and Necessary Evil a lot. Overall this album is something that might not be liked by everyone but can be enjoyed by new and old fans alike.

Overall, Motionless In White seem to be a band that is very keen on what they want and know how to make music and shows just how they want them. Seeing them live was one of the best live shows I have seen all year and I can’t wait to see them again in October!

Thank you for reading, and I hope to see some of you at the show!

 

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!

Hello there! I have been looking around my blog and trying hard to decide what I should do next. I have done many album reviews and concert reviews, and so I decided to do a top 10! I will hopefully include more of these as I go along. Lets get started!

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10. Issues- Headspace: 

This album was my first summer buy of 2016 and I couldn’t have been happier about it. The diversity between tracks on this album, the best examples I can think of being the difference between Flojo and Slow Me Down. Both of those tracks stick out to me for many reasons. This album seems to highlight the bass a lot which I like and I was also really pleased that this album took on important issues (see what I did there? Huh? Yeah? No? Okay…) such as police brutality and brought that to a higher platform, which was a really cool thing to do. Overall this album is one that I believe shaped many people in and out of the issues fanbase, which is awesome.

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9. Misadventures- Pierce The Veil

Now yes, I know that this album has gotten a lot of praise and I’m just here giving it more, but hear me out. This album is incredibly diverse in its sound, while still sticking to the core PTV many of us know and love. It keeps the bands focus on highlighting the different parts of the track but changes the sound from song to song. I mean nobody can tell me that Texas Is Forever sounds similar to Floral and Fading, but what you can tell me is that each song has parts where the guitar is prominent and parts where the bass and drums are prominent and so on. Therefore, I do believe this album is one of the best out there, because it’s different yet resembles the bands former music.

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8. Set It Off- Upside Down:

I picked this album to be on the list because it is a very prominent way of showing the bands progress. While some bands do like to keep a sense of their old sound, such as bands like Pierce The Veil, some like to make major change and make it prominent. This album would be impossible to compare to the bands earliest album Cinematics. One could find aspects similar to Upside Down and Cinematics in the bands sophomore record Duality, and then see the immense progression of the band into a sound almost totally new! This album adds to the growing change that Set It Off is going through and I think that it is a really well done record through and through.

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7. The Amity Affliction: This Could Be Heartbreak

The emotional songs that come from this band are almost always hard and fast. This album though I feels again showed a much more personal side to the group. There are tracks that keep the fast guitar and screams from lead vocalist Joel Birch and also songs that go on a softer side and really set the emotion in. Overall this album is incredibly dark and deep which I think really worked out well for these guys. It’s an honest record that people can easily relate to in some situations which is always nice to have.

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6. Broadside- Paradise:

Wow. That was my fist thought after finishing this album for the first time. Broadside are a relatively new band in the scene and I think that this album will put them further on the radar than they all ready are. With many solo’s by Guitarist Dorian Cooke and the raspy yet soothing vocals of singer Oliver Baxxter this album shows the bands one of a kind sound. The lyrics in the tracks of this album are also incredibly developed and unique sound. I would have to say one of my favorite tracks off this album would be Lose Your Way but it’s incredibly difficult to pick just one.

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Hey guys! Sorry it has taken so long for me to make another post! Finals are just around the corner and I am trying very hard to balance everything, so lets hope this is a good post to carry us through the end of the school year! Thankfully that is next week!

So today I give you my thoughts on each track of I Prevails most recent album “Lifelines”. I had heard of this band many times and many of my friends listened to them before I got the chance too. So when I got a DM from them on twitter promoting their album I jumped at the chance to do a review of it, and am I glad I did. This band is incredible! Lets get into the tracks shall we?

Track 1: Scars

So, the first thing I noticed about this track was its introduction, how it fades in and then goes right into the intense guitar riff. Then the feeling goes right from intense back to smooth and back and forth and it is such a cool transition each time. I love the vocals through this whole song. The backing screams in the chorus are a really nice addition to the tune as well. The line “Don’t fall too far from who you are” is one that stuck with me from the moment I heard it. This song clearly has a message and these guys do such a great job expressing that message.

Track 2: Stuck In Your Head

The guitar intro reminds me so much of A Day to Remember. This song gives off a slightly pop-punk vibe in its guitar parts, which I really dig, considering the stronger vocals. Something that I noticed with this band is that they don’t always highlight the screams, sometimes they just add them behind the lead vocals which sounds really cool. This song is very unique and has many aspects of it that are really nice!

Track 3: Lifelines

The first time I heard this song my immediate thought was that I was listening to Skillet. This song really does deserve to be the title track of the album as it does such a great job highlighting both the screams and the clean vocals. I really like the heavy guitar breakdown in this song and the faded vocals in the second chorus right before that really set a mood.

Track 4: Come And Get It

Alright, this my FAVORITE song on the album hands down. The intro reminds me of the older Bring Me The Horizon and the first screams make me think of Spencer from Ice Nine Kills. The note dips in the lines “Another face in the crowd” and “read between the lines” is SO cool. I love it. And how can you not want to scream “I am the headline” at the top of your lungs? I really hope these guys play this song on warped tour this summer because I want to see the crowd when “It’s about to get rowdy” is sang. Because if it is anything like what I do alone in my room when that happens, it will be pretty hardcore.

Track 5: Chaos

The intro to this song is such a great way to start a song and then as we get further into the song, lead singer Brian Burkheiser, continues to surprise me with his vocal resemblance to many awesome singers. His voice in this song reminds me of Broadsides Oliver Baxxter. In my opinion a vocalist that has enough diversity to sound like other vocalists while also having their own sound, is one of the most talented vocalists you can get. I really like this song and I enjoy listening to it.

Track 6: Alone

This is a really nice break from the intensity of the previous songs on the album. When I listened to this album front to back the first time, this is where I could find ways that this album could be telling a story. The emotion in the chorus is so genuine and vulnerable it shows the Burkheiser is not only diverse in the sound of his vocals, but in the ways he can perform his music rather than just sing it. This song adds a new unheard dynamic to the album which elevates it even higher than it was before.

Track 7: Outcast

The first verse of this song really sticks with me, it makes me want to jump around incessantly. Can we address this chorus? It is so rebellious and I LOVE it. The song gives off a major, almost a warning, vibe which is slightly creepy and really cool. The drums in this song stick out to me a lot also which is a nice thing to notice. “We are the same, united by one name” just screams power and I can’t get enough of this song. Can you all imagine a crowd screaming that line together? Wow.

Track 8: Rise

This song also made me think of A Day to Remember. I again love how the faded out vocals lead into the intense guitar. I don’t really know if I like the way Rise and Riot are spelled out but that seems like something that could grow on me the more I sing the song.  The way “This is the call of the dreamers” is sang is so cool and I really like it. Normally I am not one for a song that repeats lines multiple times but this song changed that, I really dig it.

Track 9: Already Dead

If this song gives off any feeling, that feeling is rage. I love the gun sound effect, it really is a nice addition. The drums are highlighted again in this song and it all really fits. This song also reminds me a lot of Cane Hill. I also like the smoothness of the vocals. It’s ironic how smooth the clean vocals are due to the harsh message of the song. Overall this song is definitely one I listen to when I am mad at someone. It helps relieve the pent-up anger.

Track 10: Pull The Plug

The intro to this song threw me for a loop at first but I grew to like it. I also like the piano sounding effect in the beginning. This is another song that reminds me of Skillet, which I am not complaining about. I think my favorite line in this song is “The fire drumming inside”, I really like the way it is executed.

Track 11:  One More Time

The vocals in this song remind me of Mark Hoppus at points ch is not something I would have expected. This song gives a much lighter feeling than the previous songs on the album which is really nice. The chorus is really pop-punky and I like it a lot. This song makes me want to jump around and yell a lot. Many of the guitar parts in this song also remind me of some State Champs songs.

Track 12: My Heart I Surrender

I will admit I gasped a little when I heard the acoustic in the beginning of the song, and this song is such a different feel than the rest of the album and it is a truly beautiful song. I love the higher notes throughout the song as well. This song would make any hopeless romantic cry which is so powerful. I also can hear the vulnerability in the vocalist, you can tell he means what he is singing.

Track 13: Worst Part Of Me

I like the faded vocals in the beginning and the slower dip on the guitar part is so cool. The guitar intro is intense but not with tempo, with its chords. The transitions in this song are so awesome, especially the transition between the verses and chorus. Overall this is a really intense song to end the album on but I feel that it works for the band.

 

OVERALL

I am really glad I was exposed to such a unique band. These guys really do not play to any of the “genera” boundaries and that is something I respect highly. I feel that this band will appeal to many people due to the way their sound varies between each track. I have yet to see these guys but will definitely make it a priority to see them this summer at Warped Tour and if any of you readers are headed to Warped this summer, I suggest you see these guys too.