03/09/16 Seattle, WA El Corazon
03/10/16 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
03/11/16 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
03/12/16 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda
03/13/16 Las Vegas, NV Vinyl
03/15/16 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
03/16/16 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
03/17/16 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
03/18/16 Lubbock, TX Jake's Sports
03/19/16 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
03/20/16 So What?! Music Festival
03/22/16 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
03/23/16 Washington, DC The Howard Theatre
03/24/16 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
03/25/16 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg
03/26/16 Lancaster, PA Chameleon
03/28/16 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
03/29/16 Syracuse, NY The Lost Horizon
03/30/16 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe
03/31/16 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
04/01/16 Barrie, ON Roxy Theatre
04/02/16 Kitchener, ON Maxwell's Music House
Their music was much more on the pop-punk side of things than the other bands last night but deep down, pop-punk music is where my allegiances lay. The crowd didn't seem to mind that they were a bit different than the rest of the line-up. The crowd was excited and moving for this virtually unknown band. Although they couldn't sing along and they didn't know what was coming next, the crowd was doing their best to keep up with the energy radiating from the stage. Like I said, I had never heard of these guys before but can't wait to see what the future holds for them.
Being As An Ocean
I won't go into all the details of their set only because it is a lot like the last time but I will say this: Joel should be a freaking motivational speaker. The way he can command a crowd in unreal. When he talks or sings, the crowd is dead silent other than a few people singing or chanting along. You see, their music mixes spoken word with heavy music. It's two of my favorite things and Being As An Ocean pulls it off perfectly. Joel has a lot to say but picks his words wisely not only in his lyrics but also when he talks in between songs. Their music makes me feel something that most bands can't make me feel but I can't put it into words. Being As An Ocean is, hands down, in my top ten live bands of all time... and I've seen a hell of a lot of bands much bigger than these guys. Next time they come through your town, I beg you to go see them.
Outside of their live show, Emarosa was musically amazing. The first vocalist of this band was Johnny Craig who has one of the most recognizable voices in the emo world. He is able to hit some of the highest high notes and some of the lowest low notes with no hesitation. The range is ridiculous and the smoothness of his voice went down like a great shot of whiskey. Johnny Craig left the band to focus on other endeavors and I kinda of stopped listening to the band. Johnny's voice is what made it what it was and in my mind, there was no one else who could do the band justice. Boy, was I wrong. Bradley was as good, if not better, than Johnny vocally. I couldn't believe my ears. What a great performance from a great band full of talent and energy. I can't wait to see them again and I hope it's soon and as a headliner so they are given a full set to truly let loose.
The main reason we were all at the show last night was Silverstein. These guys have been around forever. I still remember the first time I saw them. A lot has changed since the days of my dad dropping me off and picking me up from shows but Silverstein has not which was more than refreshing to hear and see.
They played everything from the new stuff to the very first song on their very first album (which just so happens to be my favorite song by these guys and a song that defined my angsty teenage years). The look is the same, the skinny black jeans with the bomber jacket and the "emo" haircut and the lyrics are still just as angsty and depressingly beautiful but seeing them live means so much more now than it did when I was young and just trying to hang out with friends instead of focusing on the experience of a live concert. I may not listen to bands like Silverstein everyday anymore but they had such an impact on my life at such a pivotal time that every time I go and see them, I instantly remember all of the words and I instantly remember how to move at a show.It's truly amazing that a band like this has stood the test of time and stayed so true to the band they were when they came out over ten years ago.
Silverstein at Mill City Nights, Minneapolis (01 March 2016)