Revolver Golden Gods Tour – 06.02.14

Black Label Society

Revolver Golden Gods Tour
June 2, 2014
The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

Coming into rock Utah was the Revolver Golden Gods Tour featuring Black Label Society, Devil You Know, and Butcher Babies. With already twenty seven cities behind them these bands were still going strong and putting the best show on stage. The crowd slowly filled the concerts room eager to see the strong line-up of well put together bands!

Butcher Babies

Butcher Babies

Kicking off the show was Butcher Babies; lead singer Heidi Shepherd treated her home town with strong vocals and a starting heavy jump on the stage. The two lead singers, Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, scream in unison. Although the girls consume the stage with their tenacity, Butcher Babies guitarists do not go unnoticed. After Heidi announces that Utah is her hometown she treats the crowd with a goody of “Jesus needs more babies for his war machine. At the second to last song Heidi encourages the crowd to create a mosh pit and finally the crowd breaks out. Ending with promises to greet their fans at their merchandise table the band leaves the stage; defiantly converting the crowd into fans. With already so much accomplished only great things lay ahead for Butcher Babies who gave such an amazing performance. Butcher Babies continues to pave the road for women in the Metal World.

Devil You Know

Devil You Know

Taking the stage after Butcher Babies was Devil You Know, the crowd moved closer to the stage and the band opened with their hit song A New Beginning. Howard Jones, the lead singer of Devil You Know used his past experience from Kill Switch Engage to strengthen the band as a whole; however, Howard Jones was not the only one with obvious experience. Francesco Artusato, who previously was the guitarist for All Shall Parish brought his killer guitar solo to the stage and as his notes bleed through the lyrics he takes the audience during their second song. With yet another very experience band member, John Sankey, the drummer, who previously played for Devolved only, adds to the experience of Devil You Know. Howard Jones then dedicated their next song to pizza; this man knows metal! The last song they graced the crowd with was “Shut It Down”. Howard Jones threw his water bottle out into the crowd provoking eager fans to frolic for it and Devil You Know abandoned the stage leaving the crowd fired up for Black Label Society.

Black Label Society

Black Label Society

Then finally, the moment the crowd had been waiting for arrived, fans abandoned the merchandise tables and crowded the stage to get closer to Black Label Society. With their reputation preceding their band and many years on the stage the biker metal band attracted a huge crowd of all ages. With a banner covering the stage the crowd screamed at any sound of drums or guitars, false hope sounded many times, but at last sirens begun to sound and the lights flashed red, the crowd jeered with excitement. The veil dropped and with no introduction needed Black Label Society begun their set! Opening up with a well-played guitar solo played by, Jefferey Philip Wiedlandt (aka Zakk Wylde), that was complemented very well with a perfectly timed drum set given by Chad Szeliga, their song “My Dying Time” was evidently a crowd favorite. During the bands second song the true mosh pit begun and the crowd begun to show their support for the well-known, Black Label Society. Even with “Big Nik” leaving the band after 17 years earlier in 2014 the new bass player Dario Lorina, has defiantly proven himself. With sound struck artist solos, amazing stage effects, and a classic sound Black Label Society did not leave Utah disappointed. Their new album Catacombs of the Black Vatican is destined to be another classic.

Photos by: Daisy Beltran
Words by: Victoria Millan

 

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Quiet Company & Finnegan | 05.22.14

bannerQuiet Company recently headlined an event for The University of Houston – Downtown. The event was held on May 22nd with support from Houston natives, Finnegan.

bannerThe event brought out a couple hundred people to Discovery Green, an environmental conscious park near Houston’s Warehouse District.

The guys put on a stellar show and hinted at a fall release for their latest album, Transgressor. Check http://www.quietcompanymusic.com/ for updates on touring and the new album.

Also check out http://www.finneganband.com/ to hear Finnegan.

Quiet Company Tour Dates:
5/30 – WACO, TX – TRUELOVE
5/31 – SHREVEPORT, LA – Chicago Club
6/1 – BEAUMONT, TX – PaceSetter Lounge Beaumont
6/2 – SPRINGFIELD, MO – Lindbergs
6/3 – ST. LOUIS, MO – The Firebird
6/4 – CHICAGO, IL – Beat Kitchen
6/5 – URBANA, IL – The Canopy Club
6/6 – NEWPORT, KY – The Southgate House Revival
6/7 – PITTSBURGH, PA – The Smiling Moose
6/8 – BROOKLYN, NY – Knitting Factory Brooklyn
6/9 – STANHOPE, NJ – The Stanhope House
6/11 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – MilkBoy Philadelphia
6/12 – RICHMOND, VA – The Camel
6/13 – CHARLOTTE, NC – The Evening Muse
6/14 – ATLANTA, GA – The Basement

TICKETS & SHOW DETAILS AT: http://www.quietcompanymusic.com/shows

Words and photos by: Danny Hernandez

 

Forever Came Calling | The Heart Attack Tour

IMG_6363logoThe third stop of The Heart Attack Tour, made it’s way to the Altar Bar in Pittsburgh, PA on May 22nd. Forever Came Calling was the second band to open. The crowd was still fairly small but very willing to jump around to the live music. The band set up their equipment and sound checked quickly before their set. Once the clock stuck 7:45PM, the band was on stage and ready to begin their set. The crowd was very into the set clapping and of course there was a mosh pit. By the middle of it the crowd grew and more were enjoying their performance. The band put on one heck of a show. If this tour comes to a city near you, definitely go check them out!

Words and photos by: Emily Kovacic

Chiodos | April 29, 2014

banner2Doors for Warehouse Live promptly flooded at 6 PM on April 29th. The show was held in The Studio for Warehouse Live. The crowd was in for a lot big new things; a new band all together for an ex-frontman of a very well known band, a fresh front man for Emarosa and change over to an original front man, as well as new music for Chiodos.

The show was underway by 7 PM with ’68 taking the stage. The two piece is comprised of, ex-Chariot frontman, Josh Scogin on guitar and Micheal McClellan on the drums. The set was really well received by the crowd. I would say it was the heaviest of the line up with a lot of intense vocal work from Scogin. The band didn’t have a lot/any physical merch but their debut 7-inch as well as some nifty shirts are up for grabs on theyare68.com. ’68 doesn’t have any listed tour dates after The Devil’s Dance Tour, but I would keep myself familiar with their schedule, they aren’t a show you want to miss.Following ’68 was Our Last Night, taking the stage with a bunch of smash hits from their most recent EP, Oak Island. While pointing out the set list content, the band didn’t play any old material past their 2012 release Age Of Ignorance. This could definitely mean the guys have decided that they want to focus on current and future work. Among the set was a cover of “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry, which grew wildly popular on YouTube (currently 1.75M hits only after four months now). The whole set was energetic with front man Trevor Wentworth in the crowd quite frequently to embrace fans singing along to every word of
every song. The band is still rounding out the few remaining dates on The Devil’s Dance Tour with Chiodos, but is set to take their music to a few Canadian dates. The band has also put together a ten year anniversary show in Allston, MA at the Brighton Music Hall.Next up on the ticket was Emarosa. For a lot of loyal fans this performance means quite a few different things. Up until 2011 with Jonny Craig leaving Emarosa, they were without vocals. Soon after they were in search of a front man. With almost no social buzz at all one could of thought the band had flat lined. Fortunately, two years and half years later the group announced that Bradly Walden, formerly of Squid The Whale, would be breathing new life into the band’s vocals. Before The Devil’s Dance Tour, Emarosa played their first show for fans in three years on March 28th. This tour is definitely allowing Walden to find his bearings.
All this being said, as a long time Emarosa fan, I thought the set was amazing. It was really great to see Bradley get right in the crowd and pick up where the band left off. At one point he even grabbed a guy out of crowd surf when it looked like the crowd might let him fall through and set him carefully over the rail. (Like what a guy. He genuinely cares about these fans.) A couple of the songs were a little different trying to match Jonny’s impressive vocal acrobatics, but then again Bradley has his own voice; a voice I have to say shined brightest on the bands new single “Mad”. At the same time though if you were only listening and not
watching you can hear the similarities in Walden’s voice in comparison to Craig’s. I cannot wait for new material for this band. I want these guys to make a new feel for themselves outside of, what some people are calling Jonny Craig’s material. Not because they aren’t entitled to the material, just because I feel Emarosa can be above and beyond what they were. No more filling shoes talk. I’m ready for these guys to kick all kinds of ass with new material.

With no clue as to when this new full length album Versus will come out, fans have the bands new single “Mad” on replay. Support the guys with a couple listens and check out the remaining dates of the Devil’s Dance Tour. The only show the guys have lined up so far after that is May 23rd at The Vernon Club, Louisville,KY.Finally, our headliner: Chiodos. Created in 2001 gained a very loyal following over their first eight years as a band while Craig Owens was front man. In 2009 Owens was removed from the band. In the time away from Chiodos, he formed a new group and put out new music. Chiodos found a new vocalist and churned out a new record, but things started to slow down for the band as a whole in 2010. Two years after his departure Owens was added back into Chiodos. It wasn’t until summer of 2013 that Chiodos took the stage for Vans Warped Tour. And it wasn’t until April 1st 2014 that the band released their long awaited follow up album with Owens, Devil.Owens takes the stage and open’s with their new single “Ole Fishlips Is Dead Now”. The crowd gets write into the set with a swaying from old to new and then back again. Songs got a little soft with “Under Your Halo” and a couple slower tracks on Devil. Then the set gets really intense and angry with requests from Owens for fans to single out the one person who is holding up their life and scream to them some not so nice things. He goes on to tell the crowd it’s not healthy to hold to such feelings and to release what comes natural. Be yourself. After a two song encore, Owens jumps into the crowd to scream “Tell your friends Chiodos is back!”
The guys leave the crowd roaring and bow out.

Catch the remaining the remaining dates of The Devil’s Dance Tour that goes on till May 21st in the U.S.. The guys do have some UK music festival dates lined up and then they bounce back to Texas in Austin for The Austin City Limits music festival in August.

Words and photos by: Danny Hernandez

Phantogram | April 25, 2014

coverFriday the 25th, Phantogram rounded out their headlining United States tour promoting Voices, the band’s latest full-length album, in Houston,Texas.

The line for the sold out show stretched halfway down Walker Street to the next intersection. Outside Houston’s Warehouse Live the single file parade was riddled with plenty of people trying to get last minute tickets with a lot of people getting turned away empty handed and of course dedicated Phantogram fans beaming that they had gotten tickets as soon as the show date was announced after hearing the buzz on the band at SXSW this year.

Doors opened a little late at 8:20 PM and Teen, an opener also hailing from New York, fired up the stage for what would be an unforgettable show. Teen churned out a simply orchestrated, dark pop meets post punk, set with impressive four piece vocal harmonies. The crowd seemed to have a soft spot for the interesting electronic sampling and bouncy vocals.Teen was definitely well received by Houston getting cheers after every song. The band is scheduled to continue to tour North America for with dates listed until the end of May. The band’s earliest listed dates take them to sunny California just before what looks to be a small European tour.

Only a few minutes after Teen leaves the stage a small group of people get to setting up Phantograms very interesting smoke and mirror lighting setup. A few steady beam lights shoot across opposite sides of the stage to give away the position of a few strategically placed mirrors. Anyone in the crowd could tell this was not just about the music, this act cares about the visuals. What looks to be a band/venue mom sets out setlist covered by little white towels. (Hey lady, secrets don’t make friends…) The band takes the stage and the crowd roars. I didn’t fully grasp the “sold out-ness” of this show until this moment. Close to fifteen hundred plus people behind me screaming their faces off. The feeling is electric. The crowd was pulsing to the deep bass and oh so on point vocals of Sarah Barthel & Josh Carter in no time. The band plays what feels like a 2 hour set of their newest tracks from the band’s full-length Voices and what seemed, to the crowd, to be VERY familiar old material.

The crowds reaction is the same to every single track, pure, concentrated excitement. “Howling At The Moon”, a Texas inspired song, seemed to be the song of the night, but nothing prepared us for the chest pounding two song encore. The band gave us everything they had just before fading to black for the night.

YOU need to see this band live.
NEED TO.

Phantogram is scheduled to play two and half weeks in Northern Europe. They are set to return to the U.S. the last week of May. They will touch down on the West Coast and later bounce over to the East Coast before making their way back to Austin, Texas for The Austin City Limits Music Festival. There’s still plenty of chances to see Phantogram in 2014. Plan accordingly folks.

Words and photos by: Danny Hernandez

The LaFontaines | April 6, 2014

The Lafontaines 133The LaFontaines with Hector Bizerk, Lau and Nina Nesbitt
Webster Hall
April 6, 2014 – New York City

Have you ever really understood the definition of a hip-hop, guitar infused band? If not, you’re definitely not alone. Last Sunday I got the opportunity to interview The LaFontaine’s front man Kerr Okan and attend one of their performances as part of Scotland Week in NYC at Webster Hall. Having seen YouTube videos and hearing great reviews of The LaFontaines, I found myself getting excited for a band that I feel will have great success in the future. As part of the Caledonia Collective Show, were other artists on the rise such as Hector Bizerk, Lau and Nina Nesbitt.

Starting out the Caledonia Collective show at the Webster Hall Studio was an industrial alternative hip-hop group called Hector Bizerk, which consists of drummer Audrey Tait and Rapper Louie. Seeing these two and there energy was amazing. The rapping ability of Louie was definitely one of the bright spots of the night. The group who have only been around for about 3 years, are known for their social lyrics, which revolve around the social circumstances from Scotland. Some of their influences are from KRS-One and Questlove. The two definitely took it as a huge success to be a part of this show and hope to come back and bring their manifestation of hip hop to the U.S.

Next on the bill was the group LAU, who is internationally acclaimed for their folk music. The three, Kris Drever, Aidan O’Rourke and Martin Green, got together thinking of just bringing their expertise to play folk music with a bit of improvisation. What was then just a thought has turned into a masterpiece. With the soothing sounds of an accordion, fiddle and guitar, you will definitely be in for a treat to see them play live. With not many lyrics, the playing definitely moved the crowd at Webster Hall that night and got everyone like myself on board with their music.

Next up was the quiet but amazing Nina Nesbitt. Haven’t heard of Nesbitt?Trust me you will in the next year or so. 19 year old Nesbitt, who has risen to fame rather quickly in Scotland, is starting to make headway in the US, with her appearance at SXSW last month in Austin, TX. While the crowd definitely enjoyed the acts before Nesbitt, everyone was all eyes and ears for her performance. There was even one mother Skyp-ing Nina’s performance back to her daughter at home. It was quite the experience and definitely brought a different aura to the night. With just her guitar and keyboard on stage she had no problem connecting with the audience and played flawlessly through her set. Nesbitt, who states that Ellie Goulding is one of her influences now, never thought that being in the states would happen so soon. She had thought that once she turned 21, she would make the jump, but with this being her second time in NYC, I can positively say she is on a huge road to success and that the world should be watching out for this artist on rise.

Now for the headliners, with not really ever seeing these guys in person, getting to meet them was super fun and energetic. I have never met such awesome guys that just love being on stage and seeing their dreams come true. With their new single “Under the Storm” coming out April 27th, The LaFontaines, were ready for New York to see them live. I felt the crowd was rocking and that there stage presence was phenomenal. Kerr was the “it” factor for the band that night and commanded the stage like they were already a success in the U.S. Kerr who is the front man and rapper of the group, stated earlier in an interview “that people needed to see it, to believe it.” And from where I sit, I believe it. With songs like “Under the Storm”, Light Up The Background” and a cover “Shark in the Water”, their performance was worthy of closing out a great night at the Webster Hall Studio on April 6, 2014.

For more info on the LaFontaines, check out their music at thelafontaines.co.uk/

Words and photos by: Amanda J. Cain

The American Dream Tour 2014

Back by popular demand, The American Dream Tour headlined by Bring Me The Horizon, one of the hottest tours this Spring, made its way not once, but twice to the populous city of Houston, TX this past month.  Both sold-out shows were hosted in downtown at the House of Blues on March 11th and 14th.

Check out some live shots taken by Gleann Ignacio from the March 11th date.
View more photos here.