Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
The only thing in bloom on a February evening in Worcester, Massachusetts was found at the Palladium theater. Neck Deep, Seaway, Speak Low If You Speak Love and Creeper parked their buses, unloaded the trailers and tuned up their instruments for an evening of Pop Punk.
This evening was full of surprises. Normally, the first band to play has a decent following (hopefully). It could be worse while it could also be better. This was not the case for Creeper. Starting off the evening, these Southampton rockers brought the weather with them. Black Rain, to be exact. For a moment, you could have thought the concert was headlined by this group with all the voices echoing from the stands. As an international band visiting the United States, I would only imagine this made their performance even more special. Popular hits like “Black Rain” and “Hiding with Boys” off of Eternity, in Your Arms (2017) really got the crowd interacting with lead vocalist, Will Gould.
Initiate surprise number two of the evening: Speak Low If You Speak Love. An Emotional Indie Rock band playing with Pop Punk bands? Something didn’t make sense there. Lead vocalist, Ryan Scott Graham, even mentioned that they played a small art club in Massachusetts in front of, “maybe 6 people” prior to the Worcester show. But these Pop Punk fans are another breed. No matter what the genre, expect crowd surfing and circle pits for any band on the lineup. Which is exactly what Speak Low If You Speak Love received. It was such an odd but moving sight to be hearing an acoustic guitar strum along to the sound of security guards catching fans surfing over the barrier. It was obvious that this show, specifically, meant a lot to them. It almost seemed as if they’ve never received a reaction to their music like that before. It was a pleasure witnessing such a memorable moment for a group of dedicated musicians.
With the calmness of Speak Low If You Speak Love’s set coming to a close, it was time for Seaway to pump the energy back up. The Pop Punk atmosphere had made its way to the stage while lead vocalist, Ryan Locke was locking it in.in The pit jumped around to “Best Mistake” off of Color Blind (2015) and “Shy Guys” off of Hoser (2015). To keep the surprise train chugging along, Fil Thorpe-Evans – Neck Deep’s Bassist, came out to the stage for a one song, bass-player substitution. You spontaneously felt a beach, summer vibe while listening to Seaway’s choruses. Seaway embodied a comforting concert experience as the show was almost stopped twice to ensure a fallen fan’s safety.
With the NFL Superbowl occurring the night after their set, it was only fitting for Neck Deep to accommodate the New England crowd. As the white canvas fell to reveal the stage, Ben Barlow was seen rocking a Randy Moss – New England Patriots jersey. Incredible. This provided additional fuel to the adrenaline fire of what was the Worcester Palladium. Everyone knew every single word to every song played by Neck Deep that evening. It was a sight to see. One aspect of Neck Deep’s performance that spoke volumes was their ability to incorporate the other bands into their set. You see this occasionally with headlining bands. It’s special when it happens. As an example, Ken Taylor from Seaway joined the Neck Deep boys in “Don’t Wait” off of The Peace and the Panic (2017). Sam Carter, vocalist for the Architects was the original artist who was featured on this track. Additionally, Hannah Greenwood, keyboard player, was brought back to stage in order to cameo in “A Part of Me” off of Rain in July (2012). These collaborations really allow the fans to grow a deeper appreciation for artists who respect other artists who are just as talented.
This tour is filled with go-lucky, positive and nostalgic feels. If there is a stop on this tour coming to a city near you, I highly suggest you check it out. Even if you don’t know the music, this is a show that anyone can have fun at.
By Vicky Branca
2018 is finally here, and I don't know about you, but I like to start the year off by finding new and different music. Tonight Alive is giving us just that with their album "Underworld," which releases tomorrow 1/12/18.
Tonight Alive has been a household name in the alternative music scene as the Syndey, Australia natives have toured all around the world with bands like All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, Set It Off and more as well hitting the music festival scene such as Warped Tour and Slam Dunk Fest - gaining them a passionate fan base as a result.
"Underworld" is Tonight Alive's 4th album and consists of 13 tracks, including single Disappear featuring Lynn Gunn of PVRIS. Disappear is a catchy yet meaningful song that is reminiscent of Mid 2000s Emo(Flyleaf, etc). It's unique in sound from any Tonight Alive or PVRIS song and I can tell that this will become a fan favorite and in fact, I've hit replay at least 5 times so far today. Check out the music video
Tracks like Crack My Heart are emotional and have heavier lyrics like "Crack my heart open with your bare hands, watch me bleed" and my favorite, "It's only growing pain, nothing is permanent."
Looking For Heaven is a slower, pretty song that's very piano biased and has inspiring lyrics like "Life gives you what you need to know, so why just make it up as I go?"
You can also find another collaboration on the album in track My Underworld featuring Corey Taylor of Slip Knot. My Underworld is the perfect duet that compliment Corey and Jenna's talents. It isn't too slow, and allows the vocals and instruments to shine without being boring or overwhelming.
Front Woman Jenna McDougall has stated that Underworld is a darker album, inspired by the "ugly parts in me that I wasn't ready to see until now." This album will definitely make you delve deeper into your emotions and fortunately, is the music you need to cope with them and an album you can relate to. I certainly am a bigger fan after this album.
You can pre-order it here.
Also, don't forget to catch Tonight Alive as they hit the road with Silverstein, Broadside, and Picturesque from 1/19 to 3/1 on the Get Free Tour! Dates below.
Author and Photographer: Catherine Patchell
This past Friday, December 15th, marked the final show for Vanna. The sold-out show was held at The Palladium in Worcester, MA, a venue that the band played countless times throughout their career. Vanna is known for putting on an explosive, high-energy show, but for this final one, they outdid themselves.
Supporting Vanna on the Main Stage for their farewell show included Actor | Observer, Currents, Lions Lions, Like Pacific, Knocked Loose, and Eighteen Visions (yeah, that's right, they're back). But one stage was not enough space for the massive celebration, so the Upstairs of the Palladium was open as well to house an additional set of talent. This included Roseview, Sharptooth, END, Kublai Khan, On Broken Wings, and Old Wounds. Ever since I was first introduced to Vanna, I have seen them constantly work to build up the scene and promote an inclusive environment for everyone. It was no surprise to hear Davey Muise (vocals) note during their set that they had handpicked the lineup and brought together a group of bands that they fully endorsed to help celebrate that night.
The hour and a half set was no less than an emotional rollercoaster filled with an extensive set list spanning the band's lengthy discography. Lining the left and right sides of the stage, friends and family stood close by for the entire show. It wasn't long into the set that it became apparent that this show was about to turn into an even larger family affair. The plot twist of the night (which Vanna successfully kept under wraps for the weeks leading up to the show) was that ALL THREE generations of Vanna lead vocalists would be taking to the mic alongside former guitarists and drummers.
Chris Preece was the first to surprise the audience and was greeted with a roaring round of cheers as he emerged onto the stage. As a few more songs were played more and more former members cycled into the set - original lead vocalist Joe Bragel, lead guitarist/clean vocalist Evan Pharmakis, drummers Brandon Davis and Eric Gross. I can not have imagined a better way to have celebrated the Vanna family and music they created over the years.
As an emotional Muise said "Thank You, Goodnight" to the crowd for the last time, many were left with a hole in their hearts. Though Friday marked an end to Vanna, the impact they have had on so many will not be forgotten.
Thank YOU - Goodnight, Vanna.
The Few And The Far Between
The Lost Art of Staying Alive
Year of the Rat
Let’s Have An Earthquake
We Ate The Horse You Rode In On
A Dead Language For A Dying Lady
Safe To Say
Piss Up A Rope
I Am The Wind, You Are The Feather
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
On December 1st, 2017, the Poison the Parish Tour made its way to the Worcester Palladium. Lined up for the evening’s entertainment included The Dead Deads, Shaman’s Harvest and the main event: Seether.
Surrounded by extraterrestrial decor, The Dead Deads set the stage to greet the Massachusetts friendly. Immediately, the “x” marked eyes were spotted on each band member. In fact, there were fans in the crowd found to be marked the same. Primarily found jamming in Tennessee, these Nashville rockers brought growls and unique time signatures to the table. Striking similarities could be found when considering the signature style of the Pixies. However, hints of punk-rock and metal were also noticeable as “Super Tiny” off of Flying Saucers (2017) was performed. Overall, The Dead Deads brought fire. There was nothing but positive energy on stage from beginning to end.
Ominously situated at stage front, a lone mountain goat-skull guided the way for Shaman’s Harvest. Immediately, the Worcester Palladium’s atmosphere molted into a Midwestern “shindig.” By no means could Shaman’s Harvest be considered a country rock band. However, a pinch of southern flavor had certainly been added to the hard-rock vibes these Missouri natives were giving off. An overwhelming response to their concluding song, “Dragon Fly” off of Shine (2009) could be felt with the crowd finishing the ending verse. Do not let the cowboy hats, boots and drawl sway you, these gentlemen know how to rock and put on a show.
Completing the evening, Seether lit the stage on fire with gasoline. Pumping their set off with a bang, “Gasoline” off of Fragile (2000), ignited many fans (primarily of the ages thirty and older) to rock out like they were back in high school. An impressive light display illuminated the stage while the Seether faithful belted out numbers such as “Driven Under” off of Fragile (2000) and “Rise Above This” off of Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (2007). What was equally as impressive was Seether’s ability to go from hard rock, fast paced and heavy hitting riffs to the soft melodies found in the ever popular “Broken” track off of Disclaimer (2004). To no surprise, the hit of the night was Seether’s 2007 single “Fake It” off of Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces (2007). It’s always a pleasure being able to witness legends playing their favorite tracks for those who want to listen. The Poison the Parish Tour is certainly jammed packed with rock-loaded talent. If possible, check it out. You’ll thank yourself!
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
Doors opened the Worcester Palladium at 5:45 PM. At 5:15 PM, a five-block line patiently waited to gain entrance to an anticipated night of metal. This was to be expected with Trivium and Arch Enemy co-headlining the evening’s festivities. However, before these metal vets took the stage, a few other bands wanted to make their presence known.
First to the stage: Fit For An Autopsy.
As the first band to initiate the evening’s events, Fit For An Autopsy opened the metal flood gates as well as the pit. There were no secretes about these New Jersey natives. They came to slay. Initiate: Death Metal. Featuring one of their heaviest hits “Absolute Hope Absolute Hell” off Absolute Hope Absolute Hell (2015), Worcester was given a loud wake up call to get moving, sweating, jumping and screaming. It worked. Warm-up: complete.
Next on the bill: While She Sleeps.
While far away from home, the Sheffield boys brought everything but the kitchen sink to Massachusetts. Lead by their intensely dedicated vocalist, Lawrence Taylor, gravity seemed to be non-existent. Guitar flips. Stage dives and drum leaps are what could be found during a While She Sleeps set. Persevering through microphone difficulties, nothing stopped the UK metal-heads from melting faces. What drove the crowd into a circling frenzy was their banger “Brainwashed” off of Brainwashed (2015). Coming off a recent headlining tour across-the-pond, it’s clear to see why people are drinking the While She Sleeps kool-aid.
Soon to follow: Trivium.
“Trivium! Trivium! Trivium!”
The crowd could have been heard from Lansdowne Street. A switch was flipped. The Palladium’s energy thickened as Matt Heafy, lead vocalist/guitarist, and the rest of the Florida rockers opened a Trivium can of whoop-ass while performing their newest single “The Sin and Sentence” off of The Sin and Sentence (2017). Conceptualizing the fact that hundreds of fans were witnessing legends was heavy enough; let alone Trivium’s breakdowns. “Like Light to the Flies” off of Ascendancy (2005) has easily been one of the most recognizable Trivium tracks to have been recorded. This being said… the general admission floor almost split in half when this record ripped the stage. Even the photographers couldn’t help but to sing along. And what better way to end a set than to have hundreds of headbangers jump in synchronous. Heroes get remembered, Trivium never dies.
In Conclusion: Arch Enemy.
After co-headliner number one stepped behind the curtain, surely there wasn’t enough energy for another hour-long set...
Goodness gracious did Arch Enemy deliver. With one of the most distinct, impressive and unique voices, Alissa White-Gluz, lead vocalist, made her presence known. Accompanied by two guitar-shredding pros, Michael Amott and Jeff Loomis, there was still fuel in the Worcester tank to bring it up a notch. “War Eternal” off of War Eternal (2014) triggered a floor wide mosh-pit our mothers and fathers would have been proud of. No one remained still. Absolute chaos. Even with broken in-ear-monitors, these Swedes knew what it took to perform and follow up bands like Fit For An Autopsy, While She Sleeps and Trivium. If you are contemplating going to an Arch Enemy show in the near future..
.. Do it!
Review by Camran Ferrier; Photos by Jordan Lindley
The Orpheum Theatre was a fitting venue for Evanescence to take the stage with a full orchestra to perform their newest record, Synthesis. This is their first album since 2011, and it showcases a collection of the bands music reimagined with orchestral and electronic elements added. The album itself is set to drop on November 10th, but the show was a sensational display with tantalizing lighting as a backdrop for this epic pairing, and they delivered in full to a packed house in downtown Boston.
It is not common for an alternative rock band to open their shows with a performance of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’, but when a live orchestra is your support then you can afford such a luxury. There have been other bands that have used a live orchestra in their performances, Metallica’s ‘S&M’ album jumps to mind, but Evanescence made it their own and used it to spectacular effect when performing their new album in its entirety.
The orchestra complimented Amy Lee’s hauntingly beautiful vocals seamlessly, and the audience was on their feet when the band started playing ‘Bring Me To Life’. A perfect example of how a record released in 2003 can still hold its own in 2017. The set ranged from intense, electronic drumbeats to beautiful melodies floating over a soft piano- a dynamic and versatile performance that was incredibly entertaining to watch.
‘Synthesis’ is to be released on November 10th, and going off of the tracks currently available as well as the performance on Sunday night it will be something inspiring. Don’t be fooled into thinking Evanescence are just nostalgia to your teenage years, they are still going strong and I would highly recommend trying to catch them on this tour. Check out the dates below for upcoming shows!
11/7 - Sands Bethlehem Event Center - Bethlehem, PA
11/8 - Hippodrome Theatre - Baltimore, MD
11/10 - Kings Theatre- Brooklyn, NY
11/30 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL
12/2 - The Palladium - Carmel, IN
12/5 - State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
12/6 - Orpheum Theatre - Madison, WI
12/8 - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, Ontario
12/9 - Caesar's Windsor - Windsor, Ontario
12/11 - Kansas City Music Hall - Kansas City, MO
12/13 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
12/15 - Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort - Reno, NV
12/16 - Masonic Auditorium - San Francisco, CA
12/19 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR
By Jordan Lindley
We had the pleasure to chat with blues-rock extraordinaire Tyler Bryant of Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown, and we picked his brain a little on his band's new self-titled album. Check out what the rocker has to say below:
It's been a while since your last full-length album. What's the best lesson you've learned in tracking and performing since Wild Child came out? How does your new self-titled differ from The Wayside EP as a whole?
We’ve lived a lot of life and played even more shows since “Wild Child” and “The Wayside” and I think the songs show that. While we were not constantly releasing music, we were constantly creating music. You learn a little bit more with each creation and I feel like after all the touring, writing, and recording that’s taken place in the last couple of years, we now have a record that really represents this band. Unlike the previous two releases, this record was recorded and produced by us. We didn’t have a dollar to spend on it as we were fresh out of our deal with Republic Records, but we’re still riding a high from the Rock or Bust tour with ACDC and felt like we had to capitalize on that excitement. The band was tight after so many shows on the road and we couldn’t/wouldn’t let the “no record label/no money” thing carry any weight. We decided to start making a record in my home studio and what started out as “throwing paint” ended up being a pretty cool piece of art, I think.
The album is different from the other two, because the four of us band members were pretty much the only cooks in the kitchen. That’s why this album is self titled.
You've toured with bands who have some amazing history and firm footprints in rock - bands whose influence reverberates through your own music. Was it humbling, empowering, or otherwise to play alongside icons in the industry?
I always find sharing the stage with people I truly respect humbling and empowering.
2016 was a massive year for TBSD as far as touring is concerned. We got to experience so much.
One of our first shows of the year was getting to be Chris Cornell’s backing band. He’s always been and always will be one of my favorite artists, so I definitely felt a little nervous before that one. It went great and after that I think we all felt a new kind of confidence. Little did I know I was gonna really need it in the coming months. We went out to support Billy Gibbons acoustically and straight to the AC/DC tour from there. It hasn’t stopped and we haven’t stopped learning. There’s always more to pick up.
The group and producing team have clearly spent a lot of time focusing on capturing the right guitar tone. What are your main influences with your playing? How does your practice routine with guitar differ from your practice routine with your voice? Which do you prefer?
I don’t really sit down to practice playing guitar or singing unless we’re rehearsing songs for the road. I get my practice in when I’m writing and recording in my home studio. If I start a song, I can really get lost in it. Before I know it, I’ll look up and realize I’ve been “down in my cave” for twelve hours or more. I don’t set out to practice, but end up doing so while putting together ideas.
How did your relationship with the band members begin? Do you find that touring and recording for as long as you have has changed the relationship since the band's inception?
A mutual friend introduced Caleb and I and we knew as soon as we jammed for the first time that we were gonna have a band. It just clicked.
We met Graham in NYC and then again in California and he was always a good hang. I heard him play for the first time in LA and asked him to uproot and move to Nashville from Boston not long after. We needed his attitude.
Speaking of attitude, Noah Denney came in to audition for the bass role in the Shakedown with plenty of that. He sound was scary and he could sing anything we needed him to. Boom, we had a band.
We’ve spent so much time together on the road and in the studio, that we’ve all pretty much just become best friends. You wouldn’t think that by reading a text convo between the four of us though. Ha. We’re like brothers and like to give each other a hard time when an opportunity presents itself. We can pick on each other, but will have each other’s backs in any other situation.
Since you have such an interesting dynamic as a band, can you share what your process for making and recording music is?
We just show up and create. Sometimes it’ll just be two of us. Sometimes it’ll be three or even all four of us. There’s not a set way that we like to create. A drum groove, a potential title, a guitar riff, or even a rough concept could send us on a two day song excursion. We just show up as much as we can and put in as much time and effort as we can. Some days you’ll get something worth forgetting, but some days you’ll get one that you want to remember. I think we all live for those days when a song worth remembering comes along.
The album, Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown, is available today on iTunes, Spotify, and more! For more exclusive rock coverage, stick with Headrush TV!
By Chris Coutsoukis
This past weekend Headrush TV had the opportunity to catch up with KONGOS, four brothers with roots from London, South Africa, and Pheonix, behind the hit single "Come With Me Now." The band played Samuel Adams OctoberFest, alongside The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, at the World Trade Center in Boston. The band is currently touring in support of their Junior album, Egomaniac, with new music coming around the corner.
We’re at Sam Adam’s OctoberFest in Boston with Kongos. Guys, how does it feel to back in Boston and playing music?
Danny: “It’s cool. We all really love this city, seeing the ancient American history lurking on each corner is very cool.”
Jesse: “I think just flying in and seeing the clouds and the ocean. You start thinking about all the events that made this country possible like the Boston Tea party- it's pretty cool. The food here is pretty good too- haha”
You guys also played the OctoberFest in Cleveland this September, what’s your favorite part about performing at an event like Samuel Adams OctoberFest?
Jesse: “Yeah well we have done these sort of shows a fair amount, where it is a constant kind of festival but also sort of corporate. I mean Cleveland was freezing, it was the first time I have literally worn a sweatshirt on stage. Tonight should be better, a lot of people are apparently coming."
I think our fans would be very interested to hear about your background as a band, because it is quite unique. Not only are all four of you biological brothers, you grew up across the globe in London and South Africa. What is it like being in a popular band and touring as a family?
Dylan: “Well we don't really know any different, this will be the 15th year playing, almost. This is all we have ever really known. But It has its upsides and its downsides, families can argue like no other but they can also recover more quickly. Musically it helps a lot, we've been playing for so long I think there is a connection that allows us to play in a certain way.”
Johnny: “I think a big part of a band that is able to have any level of success, is literally just staying together. Just surviving the first five years of shit gigs and being brothers just made that so much easier."
Since you have such an interesting dynamic of personalities as a band, can you share what your process for making and recording music is?
Danny: “That’s where the egos come out, we all write separately, were doing more together now. But historically we separated the writing process.”
That is a nearly perfect segue to your newest album, Egomaniac. What has it been like touring the album and its evolution?
Dylan: “The songs we play vary set by set, to be honest, but the songs from Egomaniac translate very live very easily, for some reason it's just natural.”
Johnny: “We’ve been playing so much more when we started playing Egomaniac, we had a lot more shows under our belt. When we recorded Lunatic, we had done a minimal amount of touring, so that definitely impacted how we could think about the recording process.”
Are you guys writing new music now?
Dylan: “Yes, we are working on new material. This tour cycle is pretty much winding down, this is most likely the last show of the year for us. So after this we are getting into the studio and actually, start buckling down and trying to finish this new record."
KONGOS are going out with a bang in Boston. Any plans to celebrate?
Johnny: “Yes, we are looking forward to a nice 7 am lobby call- haha"
Maybe you can do the Freedom Trail. It’s a popular 3rd grade field trip destination.
Jesse: “Do they do it at 2 am?”
You can probably do it yourself at 2 am! Shifting gears, how would you say your childhood in London and South Africa influences your style?
Jesse: “We’re American- we have been here since 1996. But I think the exposure to different countries and cultures seeps into your subconscious for sure. We didn’t go back [to South Africa] for 15 years, we had been living in the states before we had gone back to South Africa. So it was really interesting to go back after that and see how it had changed. It’s a strange feeling to go from your home in Arizona to your other home, and you have these feelings of home in both places. But the shows in South Africa are amazing, they kind of launched our career. They jumped on us before anyone else did, but we are very happy that it went that way.”
Johnny: “You get spoiled if you have good shows there because the crowds are way more enthusiastic than almost anywhere else in America. So we got really spoiled there, the energy and the mania at the shows, that you don’t experience here. The scene is also very diverse, massive variety of music from traditional African music to more modern hip hop influence. It is really a vibrant scene.”
Is that where some of the unique elements of your sound are pulled from?
Dylan: “Definitely, more from South Africa than England, we spent so little time in England, and South Africans have such a different scene than other cultures. That influences us a lot, the rhythms, the harmonies, the accordion playing.”
Since 2014, you guys have had some serious mainstream success with your hit single, “Come With Me Now.” A year ago, the band put out your second LP Egomaniac. What is the inspiration behind your 2016 album, Egomaniac?
Jesse: “I think because we each write on our own and come in and play songs to each other, during that process we start to listen to each other's songs and see a thread in those lyrics. Danny said the word Egomaniac and we thought that could be the album title. So we started naming the songs in that theme. We started recording it in the studio our Dad built. When we put it out, it didn't have the explosive power of "Come With Me Now" and that whole cycle so we were reminded that you literally have to work every record, tour every cycle, so that people continue to buy your record and come to your show. A hit is a fleeting thing. We're in it for the long haul."
Your father, John Kongos, is a recording artist. Did he have a large influence on your own musical style?
Johnny: “He started in South Africa, he’s from South Africa, he was like the Elvis of South Africa. It is pretty amazing to see photos of him in the army, there are articles about him having to shave his hair. He carried on with that career and eventually learned there is only so far you can go in South Africa so he moved to England. And spent years knocking his head on the wall not getting to far and eventually focused on making his own music by himself. If you listen to his records, you can really see where we are stealing our music from. He is a big reason why we are involved in this, he encouraged us to consider this as a potential career path.”
Johnny: “Were discovering on this new record we are working on, a bunch of his old instruments like synths, that we thought until recently, ‘Oh these are just kind of sitting around.‘ Then we started realizing he has some amazing synths that were just sitting around. We got to take advantage of. You will hear those on the next record.”
The KONGOS finish their tour at Sam Adams Octoberfest and will be back on the road early next year, "...with material of all kinds." For now, check out the bands current album, Egomaniac featuring the hit single, “Take It From Me."
By David McNally
We Came As Romans came to Worcester this past weekend and we caught up with guitarist Joshua Moore before the show. The band has been on tour since late September with I Prevail, The Word Alive, and Escape The Fate. Titled the Rage on the Stage Tour, the band did not disappoint in living up to such a name.
But more importantly, the group released their fifth-album Cold Like War on October 20. Moore was delighted with the release and excited to finally share the music with fans.
Moore said that when looking for influence on the new album, the band reflected on past projects.
“We sat down with our producer, Drew Folk, and he was just like “you guys realize that you just have to make the best We Came As Romans record. That’s all you have to do. That’s what your fans want from you.” So I sat down and I listened to every WCAR album and kind of just pulled from the best of everything that we’ve done.”
Moore also shared memories of the first WCAR tour and having to print out map-quest maps for their families. However, after sharing fond memories of being on the road, Moore also admitted that touring does come with its challenges. The list is long” says Moore, “Foreign Fire is my favorite song on the new album and that song is about us just dealing with loss on the road. No one sees the sacrifices behind the scenes.”
For the full interview click the link below.
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
A heavy hitting lineup awaited the city of Worcester, Massachusetts on an unseasonably warm October Friday evening. Lines extended from block to block while Spotify playlists provided the before-show entertainment.
First on the ticket: Escape the Fate.
Holy 2009. Escape the Fate brought the, “middle school” out of everyone while these Vegas rockers came out swinging. Opening the set, Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft flexed his finger muscles ripping a solo during the performance of “Just a Memory” off of Hate Me (2015). Cable whips, stick flips and devil horns were on full display. However, like any band that has been around for quite some time knows, there were a lot of dedicated fans present waiting for, “their old stuff.” Que, “This War is Ours (The Guillotine 2)” off of This War is Ours (2008). So much movement. So much nostalgia.
Next up: The Word Alive.
Feeling a bit under the weather, Telle Smith (lead vocalist) showed little to no hinderance opening the evening with their most recent single Misery (2017). The breakdowns these Pheonix natives produced almost put holes through the walls. Even performing through a few technical and health difficulties, the Worcester crowd provided enough backing vocals to leave The Word Alive with a full-hearted appreciation for the cities of Worcester and Boston. Telle took a few moments to express his gratitude for how accommodating the State of Massachusetts has always been. This fueled and ignited the most intense circle pit of the evening while “Trapped” off of Dark Matter (2016) rocked and sent the Arizona boys home with a smile.
Next up: We Came As Romans.
October 20th, 2017 was a special day for the 313 lads. Not only did they return to Worcester, but their most recent album was released earlier that afternoon - Cold LIke War (2017). Speaking of which, “Cold Like War” off of Cold Like War provided a modulated punch to the face as the opening track. Additionally, there was a pleasant surprise-showing of “Glad you Came” off the Pop Goes Punk Volume (2012). In many ways, this caught those attending off guard but in the best way possible. As a going away present, Kyle Pavone (clean vocalist, pianist, synthesist) asked for the crowd’s assistance as he belted the ending verse to “Hope” off of Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be (2011) while being held up by the third row of the pit.
Completing the evening: I Prevail
Welcome to Wrestlemania - I Prevail edition. The stage set up for the Rage On The Stage tour resembled the ghosts of Royal Rumble’s past. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, I Prevail took the stage without Brian Burkheiser (lead vocalist) due to surgical recovery. Nevertheless, they still laid the smackdown on every jabroni in the venue. Apart from performing their most popular tracks like, “Love, Lust & Liars” off of Heart V.S Mind (2014) and “RISE” off of Lifelines (2016), a few special appearances found their way into the ring. One lucky fan was given the chance to be the Boston’s heel against the I Prevail’s babyface - Dylan Bowman (guitarist). In efforts to shut down the heel, an acoustic rendition of “Get Low” by Lil Jon was dedicated to the fan’s mother. Apart from the music itself, I Prevail incorporated a wrestling role play throughout the entire set. This provided an intimate connection with the fans and band members. And with no surprise, “Scars” off of Lifelines (2016) concluded the evening’s festivities with a wall-of-death that nearly tore the floor in half.
If you have the chance to check out one of the remaining Rage On The Stage tour stops, I highly recommend wearing a DX or Stone Cold Steve Austin shirt. You might get the stunner. Can I get a hell yeah?
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