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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.

Hey guys, I know you haven’t heard from me in a minute but I decided that since I went to two shows last week, I would talk about both of them in one week for timeliness (Yeah, like I have any room to talk about that, I know) so be on the lookout for my Set It Off post either tomorrow or Saturday.

So, I went to my second A Day To Remember show last Monday at their stop in Wichita. This was part of the Raisin’ Hell in the Heartland tour that they had through the midwest. When I first heard about this tour, I did not care what I had to do to see ADTR again, all I knew was I was going to. With $60 in my bank account, I bought a $50 ticket and decided to figure out the way there when the time came to it.

The other bands on this bill were Boston Manor and Knocked Loose. I had seen Knocked Loose before during their run with Beartooth, but had never heard of Boston Manor before. I decided that for this run I would go in with no expectation of them and see what I thought. After seeing them, I can definitely say that I am a fan. They sound just as amazing live as they do on their records and know how to command a crowd, even if the crowd doesn’t want to respond. To anyone who has the chance, see Boston Manor, and if you don’t have the chance, listen to them and you won’t regret it. Sadly, I can’t say the same for Knocked Loose. They are not entirely my style when it comes to sound and I didn’t really feel the energy I think they were trying to convey. I will say that I respect them for how they appeal to their fans because their fans go hard, and I mean HARD. That leads me to my next point, I wasn’t entirely a fan of their fans. Maybe it was just an off day for me, or maybe the crowd itself, but there is a big difference between going off for your favorite band and “jamming” so hard that you injure or hurt people in front of you. Accidentally hitting someone when you’re waving your arms is one thing, but there were many voiced Knocked Loose fans at this show that were being aggressive with people who weren’t really vibing with it. Overall, I am not a fan, but to each their own and these guys definitely have a dedicated fan base.

 

Then we fall to A Day To Remember, who as always, absolutely ROCKED IT. You can tell that these guys have years and years under their belt (16 to be exact). They own the stage, the crowd, the sound, it’s theirs once the lights go down. You wouldn’t dare look away for a moment during their set. The energy soars with everyone the second they hit the first note of “2nd Sucks”. Their crowd is always intense, but never too intense to handle, at least from what I have experienced. What I would also like to add is that they are one of the most diverse bands when it comes to their sound and their vocal abilities, and they always capture that in their tour lineups. By having a more pop-punk sounding band like Boston Manor followed by a hardcore band like Knocked Loose completely captures both sides of the band themselves, which is probably why they always pull in such MASSIVE crowds. Mix their ability to put together a tour, how amazing their live show is, and how amazing they are? You’ve got a recipe for one of the best experiences ever. As if it was even a question, yes. Go see A Day To Remember. Now.

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Thanks for reading, see you around!

Alright guys, this may come as a shock to some of you, but I saw Beartooth again this past weekend. I know, who would have guessed. Well, all sarcasm aside, it was definitely a tour that I reccomend pulling up to at some point because it was a thrill ride to say the least.

Dead American:

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These guys are something alright. They opened the show in a very energetic and gathering way, bringing people in and making sure that the crowd was up and moving. I think there were three different circle pits in the span of their 30 minute set! While I didn’t find myself loving them at first, they definitely grew on me through their set. Overall, I think that they have great energy and know how to play to a crowd. You may not find their sound something you enjoy but hopefully that doesn’t take away from their show for you. That is something you don’t want to miss. At the end of it all, I found myself really enjoying their music too, which is always nice to find. I went in not having heard them at all and now I have a new band on my playlist. You can never have too many new bands. Look them up!

Hands Like Houses:

Okay, these guys absolutely crushed it. Everything about their set was incredible. I had seen them from afar at Warped Tour in 2017 and their sound never got out of my head all while I could never…for the life of me…remember who they were. Much to my surprise when I looked them up prior to this tour, I was met with a voice I could attach to the name. Their set encompassed their many albums really well, and I had one of the best experiences in their crowd. Vocally, these guys knock it out of the park and down the next two blocks. Smooth vocals and some nice full guitar tracks make for a band that you really don’t want to sleep on. I will do an artist highlight on them in the near future but for now, all I can tell you is to look them up, that is truly all it will take for you to fall in love with them and that I can guarantee.

Beartooth:

I have discussed Beartooth many times on this blog, so saying that I find them to be one of my favorite bands is something we all know by now. This set in particular was probably one of the most enjoyable for me, out of all the sets I have seen and out of all of theirs that I had seen. There was a energy put off by the band that was equally reciprocated by the crowd, this particularly surged during the drum solo (Thank You Connor Dennis). With the set full of some of the best songs to play to a crowd, meaning Body Bag and Enemy, they had me banging my head from beginning to end. With the exception of Afterall which made me tear up a bit, not going to lie. Caleb Shomo is definitively in my top five when it comes to frontmen. He proves that getting up on stage and simply singing can be just as powerful as jumping around and getting on the barricade and stuff like that. Their Meet and Greet was also incredibly relaxed and organized, you had time to actually talk to the band members and didn’t feel rushed AT ALL which is always a lovely time. I also want to point out that each time I have met them, I have never initiated the conversation? You walk up to these guys and one of them is always greeting you or asking you how you’re doing before you can get a word out. I wear Kamron Bradbury’s pick in my necklace everyday, and have since 2017. I walk up to the band and the first thing that happens is Caleb points out my necklace, I haven’t even said hello yet. They genuinely love meeting their fans and take the time to listen and talk to them, which is massively appreciated.

 

P.S: Of Mice and Men were supposed to be on the lineup for this show as well, but had a medical emergency and had to delay their start on the tour. I hope to see them in the future and will hopefully get to chat with them as well!

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!

 

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!