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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.

While I may listen to mostly metal, Waterparks have a special place in my heart. I was able to take photos of them this time and while that was an experience in itself this was the biggest headline that I have seen them play and I absolutely loved everything about it. This post will be a bit heavier on the photos but if you want to see all the photos I took head to my Flickr which can be found on my home page menu!

First, the show opened with D’Wayne Jackson, who has toured with the band previously. I absolutely love the energy that D’Wayne gives the crowd and he truly puts his all into performing. He has a very bright future in performing. Plus, damn can this man DANCE!

Then Kitten took the stage and absolutely CRUSHED it. From the stage to the barricade, to securities shoulders and finally, to the rafters, Chloe Chaidez was an absolute firecracker. With energetic songs and even covers, they covered Sk8r Girl…come on…they win, Kitten knows how to party. I can easily say that Chloe is one of the best lead singers out there right now and I am so glad that I got introduced to them through their live show first.

Finally, we have Waterparks. They always put on a fun show and are some of the nicest guys around. They always know how to create a tour that is fun for everyone and interact with the crowd so much. This was also the first show that I saw them where they had a video wall and their production/packages for that were mesmerizing. For the band themselves, Awsten is definitely a character and I have never left a show without laughing at least 12 times. Plus the band’s chemistry is absolutely adorable and you can tell that they really are the best of friends, no matter what they say about each other in Q&A’s. They’re close with each other and with their fans, which makes for an experience and atmosphere that can only be found at their shows and should be experienced by everyone.

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More photos are up on my Flickr if you are interested in looking further!

 

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

Some of my favorite moments during shows are when we get massive drum solos from some of the most intense people around. Drummers have always happened to be some of the funniest and most sassy people out there, and I am not complaining. You also can’t really go without smiling when you’re around them and honestly, they bring most of the adrenaline to a show for me. I would also like to note that it is very difficult to get pictures of drummers performing so most of the pictures used here will be meet and greet pictures including the drummers, sorry for that.

5. Otto Wood of Waterparks: I have been seeing and meeting Waterparks since their very first tour in 2016. They opened for Never Shout Never at the Granada in Lawrence and were the smallest band on the bill. The very first thing I noticed about the band was Otto, his long curly hair constantly down around his face and constantly moving. I think the most memorable moment from this show was when he attempted to stab through the snare drum with a drum stick. I have since seen the band five times and will always stand by the fact that Otto is one of the most entertaining drummers to watch and he always keeps the energy up. He is also one of the sweetest dudes out there and we share a birthday so, that is pretty cool.

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Warped tour 2016, Otto is directly on my left

4. Ryan Seaman of I Don’t Know How But They Found Me formerly of Falling In Reverse: I had the opportunity to see Ryan with both bands and something that I find really awesome about him is that he fits into so many different attitudes and vibes during one set. When performing with Falling In Reverse, Ryan is intense and thrashing and crashing and bringing such an energetic and fast-paced feel to the show. Then seeing him in the IDK How habitat is completely different. He holds it down and still exudes the sassy and blingy energy that Dallon also brings. Not to mention he can play bass and drums at the same time? Mega bonus points.

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3. Barry Kerch of Shinedown: Shinedown is pretty much at the top of my list for live bands right now in general, but Barry is one of the best drummers around. His style and his hair and his attitude all lend to the bands overall persona in such a big way that it truly stands out. His energy is insane and no matter the song, you can always tell that he absolutely loves every minute of it. His intensity is so focused and he seems all around centered constantly during their set.

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2. Patrick Galante of Ice Nine Kills: Can you wear a taxidermy style pig mask and black cloak while playing drums for intense metalcore songs? I know I can’t, but Patrick sure can and he absolutely kills it each time. Yes, that pun was intended. Patrick is insanely talented when it comes to putting on a show and adding to the personality the band has live. We all know that the boys in INK love the costumes and make-up but that never distracts from their amazing performance live, especially Patrick. He really brings the band together in my opinion, plus he’s a pretty funny guy in general.

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1. Maxx Danziger of Set It Off: I can easily stand by the fact that Maxx is the best drummer in this scene. The personality that he brings to the band and the live shows is off the charts. This most recent time that I saw Set It Off, he had this MASSIVE drum solo with tons of random songs and that was the most energetic part of the show. He never fails to bring sass and attitude to a show and yet still be one of the nicest dudes around. His talent is undeniable and I think that overall he brings such a unique feel to the band that without him, they just wouldn’t have the presence that they do. Maxx is truly one of a kind and he knocks it out of the park every time I see him. Also, we take meme pictures so, that makes him even better.

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Honorable Mentions

  • Matt Traynor formerly of Blessthefall
  • Connor Denis of Beartooth
  • Lou Vecchio of New Politics
  • Billy Nally of The Wrecks
  • Rian Dawson of All Time Low

So those are my favorite drummers, and I apologize for the crazy posting, I will eventually get it together enough to stick to a schedule!

 

Until next time…

Alright, it is no secret that I go to concerts all the time, as we see, I run this blog. It is also no surprise that many of the bands on here, are ones that I have seen more than once. I know that some of the stuff I listen to isn’t for everyone and thats totally okay! But here are five bands that I think everyone would/should be willing to see more than once

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5. All Time Low

  • I have seen these guys live three different times and the dynamic of their show has been incredibly different each time, but they nail it no matter what. They are a super diverse band when it comes to their sound and they definitely know how to put a lineup together for a tour. You have the Future Hearts tour with State Champs, Tonight Alive and Issues which gave a very energetic and fast paced feel to the show. Then you fall to the Young Renegades tour with The Wrecks, Waterparks and SWMRS which showed much more of the pop-punk side of the band through the whole show. Finally we have the Summer Ever After tour with Gnash and Dashboard Confessional, which while it wasn’t my favorite tour out of the three, it was highlighting the softer side of the band through the lighting and setlists of all the bands/artists on the tour. Chances are if you see this band more than once, you’re bound to find a side of them that you enjoy and that to me is worth the tickets.

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4. Waterparks

  • I love Waterparks, we know this already, but seeing them live is always a great time. No matter what songs they play they keep you engaged the entire time, either from sarcastic side remarks or making fun of Geoff, Awsten is always energetic and hype through the entire set. I have seen them twice on Warped tour, once opening for All Time Low, and twice headlining. No matter how much time you give them for a set, it feels like a massive party from start to end and that is an incredible feat when you think about how warped sets alone are 20 to 30 minutes. If you want a great time with great music, no matter how long you have, keep track of Waterparks and definitely don’t stop after the first show.

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3. Motionless In White

  • The story behind finding Motionless In White is actually quite interesting in my opinion. One of my best friends is quite litterally their biggest fan, and two days before their show opening for In This Moment had an extra ticket. I figured, why not, she talks about them a lot, I like concerts, lets do it. I was absolutely captivated by these guys. The stage setup, the lighting, the music, its all so incredible. I don’t think these guys have the ability to put on a bad show, I really don’t. After this show, I saw them headline with William Control, Miss May I, and The Amity Affliction, which again, like All Time Low, proves that they also know how to make a tour lineup. With everything about that show compared to their 30 minute Warped Tour set in 2018 being the same level of energy and fun, I can’t understand why anyone would only see them once. It doesn’t make an ounce of sense to me.

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2. Set It Off

  • I love these guys so much it is not even funny. I know you might not think that how they are personally would add to their show, but it truly does. The fan interaction that they work into their set is incredible and brings a total sense of family to each and every show they put on. Not to mention they stay after EVERY show to meet each and every fan that they can even after some bought VIP. Live, they pull out all the stops, little dance breaks, talking with the crowd, live trumpet or sax solos, jumping off stacked speakers, all of it. Not to mention their music is incredible as it is and then to have the live performance stacked on that? More than worth the money. I have seen these guys a total of five times and have tickets for my sixth show in June, and if I were you, I would check them out and possibly get yourself tickets to that show. You definitely won’t regret it.

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1. Beartooth

  • Look, there is nothing I can’t say about these guys live. If you want a show that is pure energy and intense music, Beartooth, all the way. As soon as these guys come on stage, you get lost in the feeling of the music and the crowd, and if you’re a real fan of them, there is a 90% chance you have cried or raged to one of their songs, and there is a 90% chance they play that song. To have a full circle moment like that with a band that has such raw and emotional lyrics and music is absolutely incredible and I hope that everyone experiences that at least once, and once you have it once, it will be hard not keep going back to it.

 

See these bands for sure and if I missed someone you think should be on this list, tweet me with your reccomendations @Natlindz !

Up until now I had been working on my project presentation and gradually adding to this post as I could. I presented yesterday and received a 95%! I am so happy with how everything turned out and I can’t wait to continue my blog for years to come. Now that my project is finished, I will be back to posting regularly!

If I have not shown it enough through my blog, I am a huge fan of Waterparks. When they released their new album I was expecting nothing but good things, and after listening to the album in all, I understand that good is a complete understatement.

 

“11:11”: This is one of my favorite songs on this album. I like how the first part of the verse is sort of choppy and then goes into a smooth progression of vocals. I enjoy the into/bridges between the chorus and the verses, the techno parts. I also really enjoy the chorus, it is something I find myself screaming at the top of my lungs each time I listen to this while driving to work. I also really like how the song ends on a softer note.

“Blonde”: Oh my guitars. I absolutely love the way that the guitars are featured in this song. I also really love the sound of the you’s in the choruses. I find this song getting stuck in my head quite frequently. I also want to take a second to highlight the part in this song where Awsten uses a harsher vocal, I think that it really adds to the punk vibe the song gives off.

“Peach (Lobotomy)”: The whistles at the beginning are really cute, and I think that the gradual addition of a harsher sound leading to the chorus is a really nice growth. I also like sound of the “let me go down” lines. I really enjoy this song.

“We Need to Talk”: I really think that this song is one of the most vulnerable ones that I have heard in a while. I think that the message behind it is strong and well thought out. I also like the softer sound and how it flows with the sound of the previous songs.

“Not Warriors”: This song really adds a story line to the album. I also find this song getting stuck in my head a lot. I like the chorus and how it has the backing vocals following the main vocals. I also like how the first verse was a softer feel and the second verse grows in intensity. I would definitely put this song on the same level as 11:11 for me. I also really enjoy the music video for this song as well!

“Lucky People”: When you mix this song with the video and the Awsten Knight puppy dog eyes, you’re lying if you say you don’t want to cry. I love the feel of this song and I also love the higher notes. I think that their soft feel does wonders for the song. I also love the progression of the acoustic guitar. I really like the “cupid sent me on a mission” line.

 

“Rare”: This song is 100% my favorite song on this album. I love the high notes in the chorus and the soft sound of the vocals mixed with the harsher sound of the guitars. I also really love the ending of the chorus. I really think it was a unique route to make the chorus sound softer and then end it with a harsher vocal. I think it definitely worked in the bands favor.

 

“TANTRUM”: This is one of the most unique Waterparks tunes I have ever heard, hell maybe one of the most unique songs I have ever heard, and I truly love it. I absolutely love the “We don’t know you, you don’t know we” line. I think that this song was incredibly pertinent to the band and I respect that immensely. I think that the idea with this song is incredible and the band put it together wonderfully. It is intense, it is raw, and it is fantastic.

“Crybaby”: This song is also incredibly unique and while it may not be my favorite song ever, this song proves just how good of a band Waterparks truly is. These guys know how to show diversity in their sound and that is something I think takes a band from just a band, to an artist.

“Sleep Alone”: I think I might get this one stuck in my head the most. I really enjoy the “You’re the blue print to my stupid sounds” line. I also really enjoy the flow from that to the chorus. Overall, I think that this song was a great way to end an album. It is a mix between the happy sound brought by tunes like Blonde and Peach, and the harsh sounds brought by songs like 11:11 and TANTRUM.

 

Album Rate: 9/10

  • I think that this album was incredibly well produced and thought out. I truly enjoy at least one part of each song, if not every song. I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of this album and I cannot wait to see some of these tunes performed live. If any of you have the chance to go to Warped tour this summer, take some time to catch these guys, and trust me you won’t regret it!

 

Well as the summer draws closer, we were all patiently awaiting the lineup announcement of the final full run of the Vans Warped Tour. I was actually driving home when they dropped the lineup, and I actually had to pull off the road and see this one for myself. Here are a couple of the bands I feel everyone should pay attention to on this run!

Waterparks (Journeys Left Foot stage): I have been lucky enough (no pun intended) to see these guys four times up to this point. I actually saw them when they were on Warped Tour in 2016. These guys are one of the best live acts I have seen in my five years of going to shows. They bring an innocence to the stage that translates well with the primarily teenage environment of Warped Tour. They are incredibly genuine in their performances and I feel that anyone who likes a good pop-punk show would have a blast at Waterparks’s Warped Tour set.

As It Is (owly.fm stage) : I saw As It Is when I saw Waterparks this past November. I had met Patty and Ben at Warped Tour in 2015 but had a TEI class during their set, so I missed it. Seeing them at the Granada in Lawrence I feel gave me a great grasp on how energetic and unpredictable this band can be. Their fans are die-hard and give every ounce of love they can to these guys, making for one great crowd experience. I am so excited to see what their Warped Tour set is like.

Motionless In White (Mutant White Lightning stage): I will never again pass up a chance to see Motionless In White. These dudes are absolutely INSANE on stage and I have so much respect for what they are capable of. I again am super excited to see their Warped Tour set. I think that the band will be able to be much more raw and stripped down for this tour, and I would really like to see that side of them, even though I know they are a very theatrical band. I think they have the ability to be incredibly diverse in their performance and I am excited to witness that first hand, and I think everyone really is.

Ice Nine Kills (Mutant Red Dawn stage): I have yet to actually see these guys live, and it kills me…again…no pun intended. I am so anxious to see them. I have listened to them for about two years now and have had about three chances to see them and they never worked out, which is incredibly sad. I am a huge fan of how these guys work their songs and Spencer’s vocals. I think that these dudes will be absolutely fantastic on Warped Tour and I can’t wait to see their set.

This list could go on and on, but I will let you guys have your favorites and I hope you all get the chance to check out these four bands and many more on this final full run of Vans Warped 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.

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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Hello again! Sorry about the random post, until I get this thing up and running my posts will be pretty sporadic.

But never the less, here I am! Today we are trying something different again!

Waterparks is one of my all time favorite bands. These dudes are talented, funny, and pretty awesome all the way around. So it would only make sense for me to do a review of their album double dare.

I am a huge fan of this album and this band overall and I am incredibly happy with this album. The songs on this album spark emotions that range from joy, to sadness, to excitement, to just the feeling to get up and dance and scream. That is the objective of a band right? To make their fans feel something with their music? These guys have achieved that goal to a massive extent, and set the bar incredibly high for bands in the scene.

The songs that I find incredible joy in are the opening track, Hawaii (Stay Awake), Take Her to the Moon, and Stupid for You. Both of these songs have such a positive bright sound and are definitely songs that pick me up when I’m down. Songs that bring a tear to my eye, whether happy or sad, include the tracks Powerless, 21 Questions, and I’ll Always Be Around. These songs show the lengths people go to, or would go to, for love and friends. With lines such as “I really wouldn’t mind a 20 hour drive, with you on the other end filling up my tired head, tell me all my favorite things you’ve said before.” and “My moods dictated by our conversations and if you don’t text I get too frustrated.” the songs are sure to spark feelings with many people. Then you have the songs that accomplish the task of making everyone want to jump and scream, such as Hawaii (Stay Awake), Little Violence, and Made in America. These songs are always the ones I have at full blast on the drive home.

When this album was announced I was so incredibly proud to be a fan of this band and to be around for such a large moment in their career. Their work on this album is absolutely phenomenal and I cant wait to see what is next for them!