We attended Palisades show on December 22nd at Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck, New Jersey. Although the venue was small, Louis Miceli, Matt Marshall, Xavier Adames, Brandon Elgar, and Aaron Rosa made sure it felt larger than life as they performed every song off of their self-titled album, Palisades, flawlessly.
A cold didn't stop Louis AT ALL. A matter of fact, we couldn't even tell he was sick because the show was that good. The band even met fans and signed autographs free of charge after the show. How cool is that?
You can attend their last show of the year Friday, December 29th by clicking the link HERE. And trust us, you won't wanna miss it!
Check out our photos below!
All photos by Melanie Gomez
We were lucky enough to witness another show from the 'Made To Destroy' tour featuring I Prevail, Neck Deep and headliner Pierce The Veil.
Kenneth Zuniga made some epics shots from all bands mentioned above in Los Angeles, California.
Check them out below!
Pierce The Veil:
The Hell in the Hallways Tour was everything a good show should be. With openers like Out Came The Wolves and Sylar that encourage an awesome crowd response alongside Secrets, a band that sets out to stun, and Cover Your Tracks, who have everyone nodding to the beat, it is hard not to be excited. Ice Nine Kills, though, is what made this show. The whole lineup had me buying tickets the day they went on sale.
To start off the night, Atlanta natives, Beliefs, came on stage and showed exactly what a local band should be. They sounded very professional and groomed which can be tricky for local bands. I was immediately drawn into their set because of this. Beliefs are definitely on my radar from now on. If you are a fan of Sworn In, Miss May I, or Memphis May Fire will enjoy this band. Their set was interesting for me because I hadn’t even heard of the band before the show, yet I automatically looked them up between sets simply from their stage presence. I would recommend taking a quick listen to them and start with An Axe To Grind.
Next to take the stage was Out Came The Wolves. I was pleasantly surprised with their ambience and how well received they were. Their excitement and enthusiasm made their set that much more enjoyable. Vocalist Cameron Burns puts on a show that captures the audience and keeps them engaged and into the music the entire time. His stage presence is absolutely entertaining and picturesque. Guitar players George Shrouder and Austin Brady were phenomenal. Shrouder’s goofy personality played out very well on stage and had me laughing at the different faces he made. Both of their playing ability didn’t go unnoticed; they played incredibly well and the sound absolutely blew me away- not to mention I was right by the speakers so it made it that much mind blowing. Ervin Buljubasic, bassist, also contributed to the amazing sound. The entire band created such a phenomenal show that I would gladly pay to see them again. If you want to get a feel of this band before seeing them listen to Bleed.
Another Atlanta native band Cover Your Tracks came on next. Their show was exactly what every opener should aim to become. They got the crowd up and off their feet jumping and moving along. Vocalist Paul Rose’s voice was incredible and listening to it live for the first time ever hearing it gave me a great expectation on what I would most likely hear when I listened after and I was shocked that his voice stays just about the same both recorded and live. Bassist Cory Ferris was an absolute ball on stage, his energy created a great show to watch. Brent Guistwite, drummer, was unparalleled. Maybe it had something to do with where I was in the crowd, but I felt every hit of his drum set which always makes a show that much more enjoyable by being able to feel and move to the music. Guitarist Omar Magana’s playing was mesmerizing; I couldn’t stop zoning in. They were such a great opener that I can’t wait to see them headlining one day.
To say I was most excited for Sylar is probably an understatement. This being the first time I would see them live I was almost as ready for them to come on stage as they were to play. Their sound recorded is everything I love about metal and rap mixes. Jayden Panesso’s vocals were mind blowing, and the little dance moves he does during some of the songs were adorable. I absolutely loved the passion oozing from the set. Guitarist and vocalist Miguel Cardona was incredible live. He jumped up on the speakers and got close to the crowd. I could tell he loved what he was doing. Sylar will forever be one of the best bands I got to see live. My expectations for their set were matched and exceeded by tons.
This was my first time seeing Secrets ever. The entire crowd got into their set, there was so much moshing and crowdsurfing it was astonishing. Secrets will be one of those bands that no matter if you’ve ever heard of them or know their songs or not their set will be amazing. I’ll admit that I only knew about two of the songs they played, but it was still so much fun to be a part of. I felt as if the band wanted everyone there to have a blast and would have done anything to achieve it.
Last but certainly not least was Ice Nine Kills. I absolutely loved the theme they had of going to Bates High Prom. They have been well known for the horror influenced songs and having this extend to their stage presence is absolutely entertaining. There were hand drawn prom posters all over the venue that really added to the theme. When they came on stage the opening was an audio recording of Principal Morton inviting everyone to prom; this began the hype for the show to start.
Their stage set up included two IX light up fixtures that I would honestly die- pun intended- to have, and the background was of Carrie walking through bloodied halls. I have always enjoyed the background from many of their songs being horror, and seeing it live honestly changed it for the better. They played a mixture of songs from each of the past two albums. Spencer Charnas’ vocals were everything I thought they would be and more. His high notes and screams mirrored the recorded versions to a T. Bassist Justin Marrow was directly in front of me and that made for an interesting night because I could hear everything he played so clearly, and I loved the little IX’s all over his bass. The drummer, Conor Sullivan, made the best facial expressions throughout. His sound was clear and crisp. I could hear and feel each hit to the drum set. Justin DeBlieck, guitarist, added to the show brilliantly. It’s always nice being able to clearly see how passionate artists are while playing and DeBlieck is one of the best examples of this. Overall their set was the perfect set for them. It was full of fun and movement.
After this tour I definitely felt the post concert depression I hear about so often. I could hear the show for hours afterwards and I was so happy. Being able to go home and feel good and like the world hadn’t existed is what I believe makes a show fantastic. It’s a breath of fresh air to go to a show and fully enjoy each and every set.
Written by Ashley Long
I don’t know if any of you guys have ever got the chance to meet one of your favourite artists (I hope you have) but if you and I are on the same level, you’ll probably know what I mean when I say its amazingly exciting yet daunting all at the same time. I knew when I arrived in Birmingham I’d be interviewing Hands Like Houses and then thanks to some ‘first day of tour problems’ our slot ended up getting delayed until after their set. So, we got to watch the boys do their thing before the interview and they certainly didn’t disappoint.
With the stage set up and the room beginning to fill, the lights dimmed and Hands Like Houses took to the stage. Choosing to open with the blistering ‘I Am’, they took the stage by storm uniting old fans and new fans alike in crazed support. I was intrigued to see how Trenton’s screamed vocals sounded live from the new songs and despite expecting them to be great I was still honestly shocked at the quality and range of his vocals, with him producing much longer and clearer screams than on the recorded versions of the tracks. Offering no relent the band launched from the riff-ridden ending of the end of ‘I Am’ into another of the singles from ‘Dissonants’, ‘Colourblind’. Another song with brilliantly written riffs that beg for crowd involvement, frontman Trenton had the entire room bouncing to the opening few seconds of the song before recreating it throughout the first chorus. Another song leading into a heavy ending, yet again the frontmans brilliant vocals and furious energy were apparent as he flew and headbanged around stage throughout the breakdown like a man possessed. Following a similar theme they then launched into ‘New Romantics’, thus completing the trinity of singles released prior to the full albums release in February this year. Naturally, having only put out the new album a few months ago, the Aussies continued with three more new songs, ‘Division Symbols’, ‘Perspectives’ and ‘Stillwater’. ‘Stillwater’ is one of my favourite tracks from the album and creates a wonderful mellow atmosphere between some of the crazier tracks from the album, which certainly resonated throughout the live rendition of the song. To close out their set, which made me crazily happy, they played ‘Introduced Species’, one of my all time favourite songs by any band let alone HLH. Personally I see it as a brilliant choice of closer due to its quick nature, easy sing along chorus and the fact that people generally know it better than the newer album, brought some newer fans that may have only listened to their popular songs as opposed to the entire discography more into the show as they could get a lot more involved to end a breathtaking set.
After a brief pause for the techs to rearrange the instruments on stage slightly, it was time for Crown the Empire to take to the stage. Unfortunately, due to the first day problems, our interview had had to be rescheduled for during Crown the Empire’s set, meaning we only got to enjoy the first three songs (not that I’m complaining, we got to interview HLH, like hell yeah!). Opening with a newbie, ‘Are You Coming With Me?’, the band set an energetic punchy opening to their set which certainly got fans and new watchers involved in a heartbeat. Following up with a solid fan favourite, ‘The Fallout’, the boys had every Runaway in the room belting their hearts out. Switching back to the new album (just as the HLH tour manager came out looking for us), the last song we got to see until the end of the set was ‘Zero’, a song that sounds absolutely brilliant live, as I imagined it would do when released. Once that finished and Samia had left the photo pit, we headed into Hands Like Houses dressing room for the interview – which you should be able to find on our website somewhere else – with Trenton and Alex. After the interview we even got a brief sighting of Of Mice and Men in their dressing room but couldn’t actually stop to have a chat with them or even get a photo as security asked us to open a door and head back into the venue, which was a shame but the brilliant interview we managed to hold with the HLH boys more than made up for it. As we returned to the venue (with me still buzzing from the interview), we caught the end of CTE’s final song, ‘Machines’, a final flurry of energy before they left the stage.
Of Mice and Men carry a reputation for bringing high energy shows to every venue they play, and this was a fact that remains undisputed for their Birmingham show this year. Opening with the Slipknot-esque ‘Pain’ from their recently released new album, they set the tone for a heavy show. Austin’s brilliant growls along with some brutally heavy instrumentals sounded brilliant together, which was then followed up by another new song, ‘The Lie’, with its slightly more experimental digital sound alongside crushing drum beats, which tied in brilliantly in the breakdown at the end with Austin chanting “Why do some have it all and others they have none?” to the rapturous fans. ‘The Lie’ also has a brilliant singalong chorus that the crowd really got involved in, showing how well the new album has gone down with older and more recent fans alike. Drifting back to their previous album came ‘Feels Like Forever’ and ‘Would You Still Be There’, the latter of which is one of my favourite Of Mice And Men songs ever written, which did not disappoint. Another new song, ‘Real’, preceded another two songs from the deluxe edition of the previous album ‘Restoring Force’, ‘Broken Generation’ and ‘Never Giving Up’, two songs that I feel really allow both vocalists to explore their ranges and compliment each other brilliantly. Following ‘+’, an instrumental from the new album came a marginally more relaxed song with Aaron taking the lead, ‘Away’, giving everyone a chance to get their breathe back slightly, before going into ‘Relentless’. ‘Relentless is a song that I didn’t particularly like when the album first came out as it feels like something distinctly not Of Mice and Men, and is very watery and weak lyric wise compared to some of their stunning songs from the past, though it does make for a good live performance. However, once ‘Relentless’ was finished, the band took the gig up a notch, by playing the four opening songs from the deluxe version of ‘The Flood’. Starting with ‘The Calm’, they launched into ‘The Storm’, both of which they hadn’t played since 2014, a fact you wouldn’t have known considering they didn’t seem rusty whatsoever. Pushing on into ‘The Flood’ and ‘The Depths’, two brutally heavy songs that caused more crowd movement than any song preceding them, the band truly showcased their earlier sound and showed off how diverse they’ve managed to become over the last few years. I’m personally a fan more of their older, heavier material so it was great to see them still being able to stun audiences with harsher vocals and pacier, meatier riffs, whilst additionally being able to perform their newer material just as well. After the four minutes of pure decimation that is ‘The Depths’, with what is probably the bands heaviest breakdown at the end, the band walked off to thousands of screams of “WE WANT MORE” from an encapsulated crowd not ready to go home yet (I mean, it was obvious they weren’t done, they hadn’t played Second and Sebring). A few minutes later, the band returned to the stage and began the encore with ‘You’re Not Alone’, a fan favourite worldwide thanks to its powerful melodies and hard hitting message of support. Finally, the moment the entire crowd could have predicted, is the emotional powerhouse ‘Second and Sebring’, a song that shreds heartstrings better than Aaron, Phil and Alan shred guitar strings. As always, Austin could be seen giving every last ounce of energy to the song that is so personally emotional for him to perform, and left every fan present with a lump in their throat however much they tried to deny it. The band left the stage to thunderous applause and screams, after convincing another faction of their English fans that they should continue to pay money to see their brilliant live shows. All in all, a wonderful performance by all three bands on the bill, and an evening very well spent!
Written by Laurie Cromwell
Photos by Samia Mirza (full photo gallery below)
October marks the first month for many bands to start touring again on their own tours rather than festivals. While having visited Against The Current earlier this week, last Friday we also got to witness Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes' legendary set in Amsterdam. The band released their debut album 'Blossom' in 2015 and have recently announced the coming of their sophomore album 'Modern Ruin' from which various tracks were being played. Having heard a lot about Carters performance skills, the bar was set high. He did not disappoint!
The music that Frank Cater & The Rattlesnakes create is nothing less than brutally honest, heavy riffed punk-rock and personally reminded us a little bit of a slightly softer version of Every Time I Die, energywise speaking. In a sold-out venue, which had a capacity of around 250 people, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes made sure that after the show there was nothing left of it. Most of his work from debut album 'Blossom' was being played which consists of short, fast tracks.
As Frank Carter stated at the start of the show, there are no rules. Their stage was our stage and that was the only rule. The show that was given that night can be summarized in three words: complete utter mayhem.
From crowdsurfers left and right, a circle pit that extended to the bar outside of the room to a completely seated audience at a slightly slower track, consider the audience highly entertained. As much as the audience was hyped about the performance, the excitement could barely be contained within the band members themselves as well, resulting in a Frank Carter who jumped into the audience at multiple occasions. To top it all off we got to hear a brand new track as well which hasn't even been released yet, which was title track 'Modern Ruin'.
Another point worth pointing out is the speeches that Frank Carter gave in between of tracks in which he explained the content of his lyrics prior to playing the actual track, giving the more clueless entendees (like us) a hint of what the track was about and ultimately creating a more intimate setting between audience and band.
Bottomline, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes in smaller venues is a night you'll never forget but with the rapid speed in which they're increasing their popularity and fanbase, make sure to catch one of their smaller shows fast.
You never know how long it lasts!
Photo gallery by Eva van Kuik below.
Against The Current have been on a roll ever since they released their debut album 'In Our Bones'. A summer filled with shows all across the US as part of the Vans Warped Tour first and now it's time for a world tour of their very own. For the European leg, Against The Current are bringing along Beach Weather who will be opening each and every night with the track off of their debut EP and upcoming EP 'Chit Chat'. On October 5th it was time for Utrecht, The Netherlands to host an Against The Current gig. As the show sold out weeks in advance, the expectation was high.
Beach Weather took the stage and an surprisingly high number of people were ecstatic about it. With the few tours they've done supporting bands such as ATC and Sleeping With Sirens earlier this year, they've gotten themselves a proper little fanbase. Beach Weather offers the audience 30-minutes worth of 'sexy', groovy tunes from both EP's. Merely the first track in, frontman Nick Santino lost a string on his guitar. Unable of replacing it within the given time, the frontman continued to play with one string missing. It's not like this could ruin anything for Beach Weather though, as they played an airtight set, even while lacking a string. The band makes more for an energetic trio that already offers indie from the highest order even with only one year of experience as a band.
As the band's new EP 'Chit Chat' will release in a couple of weeks, a few tracks off of this EP were being played. Released as lead single 'Someone's Disaster', an upbeat catchy track was being played aswell as title track 'Chit Chat'. Atleast, that's my guess, as the phrase 'Chit Chat' must've been said atleast a dozen times.
All in all, Beach Weather makes for a proper warm-up for the band surrounding charistmatic frontwoman Chrissy Costanza: Against The Current.
It was time for the band the entire audience came out to see, Against The Current. The lights went out, the room was packed beyond reason and the temperature was rising. Bottomline, the start of every proper concert we've ever attended. Armed with a brand new album that has put them on the map and several old songs from debut EP 'Gravity', Against The Current were ready to treat Utrecht to an energetic night filled with poprock tunes!
The band set foot on stage with a great introduction which led rather quickly into 'Runaway', a track off of debut album 'In Our Bones'. As you should know if you've ever seen Against The Current live is that they play their tracks without any problem, making it easier for the band members to focus on the crowd rather than just stand there and play their tracks.
Things took a turn when 'Talk' was being played off of the EP 'Gravity'. As much success as 'In Our Bones' has booked, some track lack the energy that tracks like 'Talk' make up for. This was also noticable as more and more fans raised their hands and started jumping up and down. 'Talk' was quickly followed by another slightly older track 'Paralyzed' in which the energy level was contained at a ultimate high.
Against The Current takes the time in between of songs to entertain their audience with interludes, spectacular lightning effects and clap-a-longs, something that lacked throughout the set the last time we saw Against The Current in Amsterdam right before they released 'In Our Bones'.
It was time to slow things down a bit with moodier tracks off of 'In Our Bones'.
Of course 'Chasing Ghosts' was anticipated and performed together with also slightly slower track 'Roses'. Both tracks being performed at an astounding level, leaving the audience breathless and even unable to hold up their phones for recording purposes (of course with a few exceptions) due to the intimate setting that was created by the performance of these two tracks.
Being unaware of what the next track was going to bring, the title being 'Blood Like Gasoline' was reason for me to believe it was going to be a fast one. I wasn't entirely wrong. Against The Current were playing a series of uptempo tracks again with once again spectacular lightning effects backing them up.
The band continued to play tracks off of both debut album 'In Our Bones' and the EP 'Gravity' as they got more and more into it together with an audience that rapidly increased in interaction and participation with the band.
This was interrupted by a cover that could not possibly be left out. Marking the 10-year anniversary of My Chemical Romance's 'The Black Parade' and the coveralbum that went along with it by Rocksound which features Against The Current, of course 'Teenagers' made it's way to the setlist. Where My Chemical Romance's version is throughout scary and epic, with an upbeat and 'cute' setting, Against The Current could not have just copied the song. On the contrary, they made the song their very own, giving it a true ATC touch. The result? Stunning, especially in a live setting.
Where some bands stand still when it comes to live performances but just switch around the setlist over the years, Against The Current went all-in with a brand new setlist (which ironically didn't include title track 'In Our Bones'), more lightning effects and interludes that got everyone psyched, marking a new and exceptionally improved era in their career leaving us wonder what could possibly be next?
If you get the chance to see this band live on their current tour, take it! Even if it was just for the proper show production and the brilliant stage presence.
Photos by Eva van Kuik (full gallery below)
Written by Glenn van den Bosch
Photo gallery Beach Weather:
Photo gallery Against The Current:
Yesterday, October 4th, Pierce The Veil stopped at Hammerstein ballroom for the Made To Destroy Tour in New York City along with opening acts Neck Deep and I Prevail.
The first opening act of the show was I Prevail. Never seeing them live before, they were completely energetic and knew how to please the crowd. Their unclean vocalist, Eric Vanlerberghe, would even wave/point to fans in the crowd who were showing the band some love or in other words, simply enjoying themselves. One of the coolest parts of their set was when they did a cover medley featuring songs like "One Step Closer" by Linkin Park and "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift just to name two. And we have to admit... that metelcore cover of "Blank Space" was startlingly impressive.
The second opening act was the punk pop band Neck Deep. Before their set, they had someone come on stage to talk a little about suicide prevention, so people know they aren't alone. It's such a simple thing to do, but the fact that the band took the time to have someone talk about this for about a minute or so shows a lot about the band. For this particular tour, Neck Deep sang a ton of new songs including their newest single "December" as well as "I Hope This Comes Back To Haunt You" and "Rock Bottom" off of their latest album Life's Not Out to Get You. One of my favorite parts was when they sang "Part Of Me" and had just the crowd sing along to the lyrics, "I was falling for a girl who would ask me to come over / Just for a day, when her parents were away." At the end of the set lead vocalist, Ben Barlow, even surprised fans by going into the crowd. Pretty cool huh?
The headlining act was of course, Pierce The Veil. Their set tends to always start with a giant cloth covering the entire front of the stage with the bands logo on it. For this show, the band had motioned artwork from their latest album Misadventures show up casted onto the cloth. Once the cloth went down, they opened with a song off that album, "Dive In," covered in fog and coming out of space suits in random locations on the stage.
After going on the Misadventures tour earlier this year and singing the full Misadventures album, this tour had a mix of old and new songs. The band sang new songs such as "The Divine Zero", "Floral & Fading", and "Circles" as well as older songs like "Bulls in the Bronx", "Caraphernelia" featuring Eric from I Prevail during Jeremy Mckinnon's part, and "Stained Glass Eyes and Colorful Tears." Pierce The Veil made sure to constantly connect with their fans by talking to the crowd and going close to the crowd, as well as giving out guitar picks, drumsticks, and the setlist at the end. Tony Perry, guitarist, even took the time to hand the security guard the setlist to make sure a specific fan got it, so that nobody would steal it from her.
With tons of memorable moments, there were three that stuck out to me. One of my favorite moments was when the lead vocalist, Vic Fuentes, picked a fan in the crowd to sing "Bulletproof Love" to. The look on the girl's face was priceless as she was filled with joy. Another one of my favorite moments had to be hearing "Kissing In Cars" live for the first time ever, since they've never sang it on any of their headlining tours before. The third moment that was one of my favorites had to be when Vic told the crowd to record (to post on YouTube) and say, "Hi mom and dad," to Vic's and Mike Fuentes' parents, since they couldn't make it to the show. He then told the crowd that he's always wanted to do that and, "I love you guys so much, thank you."
Pierce The Veil never fails to put on a great show. No matter what the setlist is, the songs on it are filled with tracks that explains someones memories. One song can explain a person's breakup while another song can explain someone else's motivation to keep going. The connection between the fans and Vic Fuentes, Mike Fuentes, Jaime Preciado, and Tony Perry, is truly something special, and you see that head on while at a Pierce The Veil show.
Written by Melanie Gomez // Photos by Melanie Gomez
Check out our photos of all three bands from the Made To Destroy Tour below:
Pierce The Veil:
While larger concerts of our all time favorite bands are for sure an amazing time, discovering new music for yourself can be just as fun, especially when you decide to give a band a chance to convince you of them and their music through their live performance. With that mindset, we made our way to the Patronaat in Haarlem Wednesday night, to see one of the fastest alternative bands on the rise at the moment: Moose Blood.
After two awesome support acts by the names of Luca Brasi and PUP, who did a remarkable job at warming up the crowd, and a while of (im)patiently waiting, the curtain opened (quite literally) and Moose Blood took the stage. Greeted by an enthusiastic audience, the band from the U.K. started off their second show in the Netherlands on this tour with two songs from their latest record, "Honey" and "Glow".
The audience reacted immediately with a lot of people singing along and a mosh pit forming in the middle of the room, which remained alive for most parts of the show.
As the concert went on, the band proceeded to play a combination of a bunch of their new songs as well as several tracks from their 2-year-old debut album "I'll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time" whereas all songs found an equal amount of response and recognition.
Towards the second half of the show, the guys then proved that they are just as genuinely caring people as they are good musicians, when frontman Eddy Brewerton spotted a paper being held up by a fan in the front row which he then took his time to not only sign himself but to also hand it over to the other members for them to sign it as well, probably making that fan the happiest person of the night.
With their arguably most popular song "Knuckles", Moose Blood rocked the Patroonat one last time that night, showing Haarlem what they are capable of and putting an end to an amazing show. From the first second to the very last note, this band made it their task to prove their strong stage presence, great live performance and musical talent, showing those who weren't already aware that the hype around them lately is well deserved.
So no matter if you've been a fan of Moose Blood for a while now or are just as new to the band's music as we were, if you are a fan of the alternative scene and ever find yourself with a Moose Blood gig happening around you, you should go and give them a chance, because it's definitely worth it and, you have my word on this, you will have a good time.
Written by Theresa Theuerkauf
Photos by Eva van Kuik (Entire photo gallery below)
Ice Nine Kills are currently touring the US in order to support their latest record Évery Trick In The Book'.
For this tour, they have brilliant acts supporting them making sure that every evening results in a torn apart venue.
These shows are being opened by the likes of Secrets, Sylar, Cover Your Tracks and Out Came The Wolves.
We were lucky enough witness all of the bands named above live and send our photographer Kenneth Zuniga there to make some shots!
All the photos he took from the bands can be viewed in the photo gallery below.
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