Article & Photography - John Indiveri
January 25, 2019
Bring Me The Horizon embarked on their North American tour and made their second stop in Orlando, FL at the CFE Arena. Coincidently this stop was also the drop date for their new album 'Amo' and HeadRush TV was there to cover it!
BMTH brought along with them rock veterans Thrice as well as the highly energetic and explosively charged Fever 333 to open things up.
Photo | BMTH via FB
Bring Me The Horizon | Orlando, FL | January 25th, 2019
I’ve been a fan of BMTH for years and this was only my second time seeing them live (last time was Fort Rock 2016) and to be able to cover the show was a huge opportunity. And knowing what I know from the last show of theirs, I knew it was going to be wild.
The base of the stage was roughly 6 feet tall and on top of that they had a platform extending the total height, by estimation, to 10-12 feet. So needless to say it was TALL! Given what they had going on underneath it (smoke machines, etc) I could see why. They also had a catwalk that jutted out from the stage, which was very cool.
With the stage set, fans were getting antsy. Cheering for BMTH to come on, getting themselves prepared for the amazing show they were about to watch. The lights went dark, fans erupted in cheers/screams and “I apologize if you feel something” started to play. Oli Sykes and the band walked out onto the stage, with Oli walking to the base of the catwalk singing. The crowd went absolutely wild. From there, they went into "Mantra." New hits kept coming: “Medicine” and “Wonderful Life."
They played quite a bit of older music, tracks such has “Happy Song,” “Avalanche,” and “Shadow Moses.” The energy Oli had was second to none, running back and forth on stage and spending a good deal of time on the catwalk as well; engaging with the fans and doing something I’ve seen him do before. I call it his "push it back” call-to-action where he instructs fans to make the biggest open circle they can. When he goes back into the chorus, the fans run towards each other and a mass circle pit ensues. This time around I got to see it from the 2nd tier, it was an amazing sight to see.
As for the production of the show, it was very “BMTH”-ish just amplified 10x now that they have a bigger stage! They had what must of been 5-8 smoke cannons shooting smoke vertically from under the stage, two confetti cannons on either side of the stage that shot into the crowd and a lighting rig above that moved up and down as well as tilted in all directions. It was quite a thing to see and masterfully executed by the production crew.
Thrice | Orlando, FL | January 25th, 2019
Rock veterans Thrice warmed up the stage for BMTH and put on a spectacular show (as usual). They opened up with "Only Us" (which they did the last time I saw them live, such a great opening song) and really rocked it out. They played other songs such as “Silhouette,” “Black Honey” and “Hurricane.”
Fever 333 | Orlando, FL | January 25th, 2019
Fever 333 got the evening started with a highly energetic show. This was my second time seeing them, previously seeing them at Welcome to Rockville, and their energy was even greater. Singer Jason Aalon Butler ran around the stage, covering all sides as well as the catwalk. He also decided to jump down right in in front of where I was standing and go into the stands. Now mind you, his mic was not a wireless mic so it took many people (including myself) keeping the cord raised up. Frankly, I didn’t know they made cords that long! Guitarist Stevis Harrison also kept the crowd engaged and had some serious ups, jumping all around the stage.
All in all, this is a Tour you do not want to miss if it comes through a city near you. Get your tickets now by clicking on the link in the poster below.
Machineheart | The Back Again Tour | 02/21/19 | Allston, MA
Machineheart opened the night with a chill vibe, reminding me of the band Lydia. I can see a big future for the band; they just released an album, check it out below!
Dreamers | The Back Again Tour | 02/21/19 | Allston, MA
Dreamers came on next, and the crowd immediately went wild. They stop by the Boston area quite often, and everytime I see them, it’s something new. They are a band that opened for The Maine over a year ago; I’ve attended their shows since.
When I think of Dreamers, I think of self expression and color. I love their upbeat energy and passion on stage; their lyrics are fun yet still meaningful.
Some of my favorite songs include "All Washed Out," "Wolves," and "Black & White." Thankfully, all 3 were played and the band even played a new song “Die Happy.”
Here is sneak peak of the show; recorded from the crowd at the Allston, MA venue:
Video: Vicky Branca
You Me At Six | The Back Again Tour | 02/21/19 | Allston, MA
When You Me at Six came on, 2011-2012 me was thriving. I had never seen them live before that night, and it was definitely on my bucket list. I loved throwbacks like “Mr. Reckless,” “Loverboy” and “Bite My Tongue” - that alone was made the whole show.
Their set really showed the power of music and how new AND old fans can appreciate the same band and have so many similar memories but with different eras of the band.
You Me at Six also ended the show with a 4 song encore, which given the reaction by the crowd, was much appreciated.
The Back Again tour was a great experience. I already wish I could relive this night.
Article & Photo - John Indiveri
Australia’s The Amity Affliction [TAA] brought their Misery Will Find You Tour to the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida on January 12, 2019. They brought along veterans Senses Fail as well as Silent Planet and Belmont to round out the punk/metal extravaganza. Not only have I wanted to photograph TAA, but also even to attend their concert live; the stars aligned for me this night!
The Amity Affliction | Misery Will Find You Tour | Orlando, FL | 01.12.19
The lights went dark - the disco ball light turned on overhead and the on stage lights illuminated shooting soft white light beams over the crowd. The pre-recorded intro music started up and immediately the crowd went crazy - it was "Drag the Lake." Dan Brown, Ahren Stringer, Joe Longobardi and Joel Birch step onto the stage with Joe starting the drum roll, then.. “KICK IT!” Joel screamed into the mic and the crowd went absolutely nuts.
The stage lights went from the soft white to a blend of blues, purples and oranges in quite an impressive light show. They followed up immediately with "Ivy" then gave the crowd a chance to breath for a moment, talking to the crowd. They went into "I Bring the Weather With Me" next (one of my favorites) and later on in the show they played my absolute favorite TAA song, "Death’s Hand." This also was an apparent favorite of the crowd given the amount of singing, screaming, moshing and crowd surfing that ensued.
Speaking of the crowd, this show has to be the most interactive crowd at a show I’ve shot in recent memory. The amount of passionate singing, screaming and steady flow of crowd surfers (I even helped catch one during Senses Fail) was unbelievable and awesome to see. TAA ended their set with "Pittsburgh" and as soon as they walked off stage, the crowd was chanting “one more song!” over and over again. Of course, there was an encore. Joel and the guys came back on stage and finished out the show with "All Fucked Up." The Amity Affliction put on an amazing show, one for the books.
Senses Fail | Misery Will Find You Tour | Orlando, FL | 01.12.19
Senses Fail. What can I say about these New Jersey Punk Rock/Metal veterans other than wow. Senses Fail has been around for quite some time (since 2002), with many hits such as "Calling All Cars," "Buried a Lie" and "Bite to Break Skin." Despite several line up changes over the years, they haven’t skipped a beat and their performance at House of Blues, Orlando showed just that. Buddy Nielsen, Jeramiah Pauly, Greg Styliades, Steve Carey and Jason Milbank took to the stage and hyped the crowd up immediately.
Buddy, donned in a leopard print suit, has to be the most energetic frontman I’ve ever seen (and props to him for wearing that in Florida). From running around, to push ups - to handstands he was all over the place. Very, very entertaining! After all, it was #Caturday (according to him).
Senses Fail, start to finish, brought energy and plain fun to the stage. They played a good amount of older tunes (including the three mentioned above) and newer songs, all of which the crowd sang and crowd surfed too. As a band I’ve followed for years but never got the chance to see, this was a real treat for me personally.
Opening up for TAA/Senses Fail was Chicago-based Belmont and Los Angeles-based Silent Planet, both of which I wasn’t too familiar with. Belmont is touring in support of the self-titled debut LP. Bringing punk and rock together, this 5 piece band was a great starting opener.
Following Belmont was metal band Silent Planet. With a Wage War-esque sound, they got the crowd moving and warmed up for Senses Fail. Although hard hitting, they clearly have a passion for current political events and issues such as PTSD. Frontman Garrett Russell used the platform to talk about such events (briefly) and had some kind words for troops in the service that may suffer from PTSD.
Overall, the Misery Will Find You stop in Orlando, FL goes down as one of my favorites I’ve covered so far. Should the tour be stopping near you, I highly suggest you pick up tickets: http://www.theamityaffliction.net/tour.
Article & Video: Alison Bauer
VCTMS of Streamwood, Illinois opened for Veil Of Maya on December 21st, 2018 at the Bottom Lounge; visit the photo gallery here. Below, watch our exclusive highlight of the evening's performance including an interview with band members: Meredith Henderson (drums), John Matalone (vocals), and Ryan Walter (guitar).
Not to miss! VCTMS announces kicking-off 'The New World Order Tour' in Spring 2019 with Traitors, Angelmaker and The Last Ten Seconds Of Life; details below.
VCTMS | Interview | Bottom Lounge | Chicago, IL | 12.21.18:
Join us for live concert footage of tracks from VCTMS third studio album 'Vol. III Halfway Happy' released August 31st, 2018: "Tape // Worm" and "The Past Tense."
Fan-favorites from their past albums captured above include: "Emptiness & Everything In Between" , "Subdued" , and "Sinister" .
Three guest vocalists provided unforgettable energy on stage for the audience; in the interview, VCTMS expresses their commitment to inclusion and collaboration.
VCTMS | Official Photos | Music Videos | Follow:
Photo | Courtesy of VCTMS on Facebook
VCTMS | 'The New World Order Tour' | Spring 2019:
[02.05] // Tampa, FL // The Orpheum
[02.06] // Madison, AL // Insanity Skatepark
[02.07] // Little Rock, AR // Vino's
[02.08] // Houston, TX // BFE Rock Club
[02.09] // Fort Worth, TX // Tomcat's West
[02.10] // Austin, TX // Come And Take It Live
[02.11] // Lubbock, TX // Jake's Sports Cafe
[02.12] // Phoenix, AZ // Club Red
[02.13] // Las Vegas, NV // Eagle Aeries Hall
[02.15] // Anaheim, CA // Chain Reacion
[02.17] // Paso Robles, CA // Manny's Pizza
[02.18] // Sacramento, CA // Holy Diver
[02.19] // Seattle, WA // El Corazon
[02.20] // Portland, OR // Bossanova Ballroom
[02.21] // Spokane, WA // The Pin
[02.23] // Salt Lake City, UT // The Loading Dock
[02.24] // Denver. CO // Trailside Saloon
[02.26] // Omaha, NE // Lookout Lounge
[02.27] // Chicago, IL // Reggie's
[02.28] // Cheviot, OH // Legend's
[03.01] // Detroit, MI // Hot Rock Cafe
[03.02] // Rochester, NY // Montage Music Hall
[03.03] // Cambridge, MA // Sonia
[03.04] // Amityville, NY // Revolution Music Hall
[03.05] // Lancaster, PA // Chameleon Club
[03.06] // Sparrows Point, MD // Sparta Inn
[03.07] // Greensboro, NC // Blind Tiger
[03.08] // Columbia, SC // Soda City Live
[03.09] // Orlando, FL // Soundbar
This past week, Headrush TV had the opportunity to catch up with the beautiful and upcoming artist, Dayme! Dayme released one of her latest singles, “Cuz it Hurts,” on December 14, 2018 and has become a very special work of art to her fans. “This song deals with the unfortunate increase of depression and suicide cases now being reported,” says Dayme.
So when did you decide to start preforming?
Dayme: “I’ve been one of those kids that just loved music and I would write my own poems. I took some breaks here and there and about 5 years ago is when I really started. I was going through a lot of changes and like I guess that period of life where you’re just trying to find yourself, your direction, what you want to do with yourself. I don’t know where I get into that mindset I just start writing and creating.”
How has your career been going so far?
Dayme: “It’s basically picking up again, that I’ve started doing my own music. It was weird because I put this work of art out on my own from my basement, I just started recording my music and doing my videos then I learned how to edit and even shoot my videos. I put them out there and slowly but surely people started to gravitate them and I started to get this following and they would send me drawings and they
would just basically reach out and ask me for more music and it started everything for me again. It encouraged me to just go.”
Do you have any certain music groups that you look up to?
Dayme: “I love Jack White, he’s like the ultimate for me and of course I love the White Stripes when they were together. I know some people are going to laugh at me for this but My Chemical Romance, it cant get more amazing, they’re great! Then when it comes to female singers, I like Gwen Stefani. I like some of her earlier stuff: No Doubt. I also love Stevie Nicks, Lana, and Grimes.”
What would you say is the most special about your music;
and what would be your favorite song you’ve made?
Dayme: I love "Blue Sunday" and "Fairy Tales" and "Evil" because they were the first two songs that I did. And funny enough I had a meeting in California, I was staying in New York and I remember I just wanted to stay there cause of its history cause of Jim Morrison and Marilyn Monroe. Its just a very iconic place to stay. I remember my meeting got cancelled and it starting raining an I this thought came to my head, Blue Sunday, Blue Sunday, Blue Sunday. I didn’t realize after I recorded it not after too long ago, Jim Morrison has a song called Blue Sunday. Its really the same kind of vibe.
How would you describe your music to others that haven’t heard you before?
Dayme: “I would describe it as nostalgic, like very dreamy and very mood. You have to really, hands on, with your career by learning how to use protocols, learning how to use logic, learning how to edit videos because you’re constantly putting content together.”
If you would like to learn more and catch up with Dayme, go visit her website Imperfectrecords.com. She will have the latest news about herself posted, as well as live videos of some of her performances, photos, and merchandise store. You can also catch her latest “Behind the Scenes” of her EP – 'Pretty Life' on YouTube.
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