Theory of a Deadman at Rams Head Live

Theory of a Deadman at Rams Head Live

On Thursday, November 4th, Theory of a Deadman came back to Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland. They came with a few opening bands: Artifas, Aranda, and Pop Evil. People turned up early for the show, forming a good-sized line outside the venue in Inner Harbor an hour before doors were scheduled to open. Even the venue’s staff were excited for the show. “I like three out of the four bands,” said one of the security guards, who spent the whole show standing at the front of the stage.

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The first band on that night was Artifas. A five-piece band from Memphis, Tennessee got the show off to a good start. The band’s set was short, like the rest of the bands, since they were all running on a tight schedule. Quite a few people in the crowd had seen them before, since Artifas opened for another band, Saint Asonia, over the summer at a nearby venue, Baltimore Soundstage. Artifas started their set with a few fans in the crowd, and ended it with more. During their last song, the lead singer went into the crowd and, standing in the center of the audience, sung along with the audience.

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Next up was Aranda. The band, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is made up of brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda, as well as drummer Mike Walker. They also tour with a bassist for their live show. They recently put out a new album, Not The Same, and four out of the seven songs they played that night were from that album. The band was energetic, though there was less of a crowd response compared to the previous band. By the end of the set, the crowd was having more fun. After they were finished, the lead singer came down to the railing at the front of the crowd and walked down the line, shaking each fan’s hand and thanking them for coming out early.

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The third band of the night was Pop Evil. The band formed in North Muskegon, Michigan, in 2001. Since then, the five members have grown in popularity, gaining fans with every tour that they have been on. They started their set off with a few songs off of their new album, Up. Their third song was a cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” and brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda came out to help them with this song. During their last song, “Trenches,” Pop Evil’s lead singer, Leigh Kakaty, stood on the railing at the front of the crowd, holding on to fans’ hands until the last note.

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Last up was Theory of a Deadman. The four members from Canada played a 16 song set, last close to an hour and a half. Their most recent album, Savages, was released on July 29th, 2014, but the band is still touring to promote it. The rest of their tour dates, including a short run in Canada, can be found here. The band made sure to play “Santa Monica,” a fan-favorite off of their 2005 album, Gasoline. Lead singer Tyler Connolly spoke to the crowd about their past shows in Baltimore, which many people in the audience had been to. The lighting for the band was set up well, leaving everybody in the venue with a good view of the band members on the stage. Halfway through the set, drummer Joey Dandeneau was able to let loose with a drum solo. The set ended with the band performing one of their most popular songs, “Bad Girlfriend.” The crowd, while sad to see the set end, still used up all of their energy during the song, with at least one person crowd surfing. All of the bands and the fans had fun, leaving everybody with a smile on their faces as their Wednesday night came to a close.

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Motionless In White and The Devil Wears Prada at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Motionless In White and The Devil Wears Prada at The Fillmore Silver Spring

On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015,  the Apollo X Tour came to The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. This tour is a co-headliner with Motionless In White and The Devil Wears Prada, featuring the opening bands of The Word Alive, Upon A Burning Body, and The Color Morale. The name of the tour is in reference to the 10 or more years all these bands have been making music and touring.

The first band of the night was The Color Morale. The five-piece band from Illinois got started a few minutes before the posted time of 6:30, but the 2000-capacity venue was pretty full for their set. The show was not sold out, yet all of the bands put on their best show. The Color Morale thanked the crowd for coming out early, and the band made sure to do their best to get the crowd warmed up during their seven song set.

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The next band of the night was Upon A Burning Body. During the set, it was getting slightly difficult to see the stage when standing in the back due to all of the smoke used as a part of the set. Even with recent controversies, the crowd seemed to have fun during the seven songs that the foursome from San Antonio, Texas, played. For their last song, lead singer, Danny Leal, asked for all the girls in the crowd to be put up on the shoulders of the men around them. Quite a few women did this, since the song was a cover of the well-known song by DJ Snake featuring Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What.”

Following them was The Word Alive. The five members of this Arizona-based band worked hard to get the crowd moving, which they succeeded in. The drummer, Luke Holland, broke one of the drum heads on his set, which was switched out between songs. It was obvious that lead singer Tyler “Telle” Smith paid a lot of attention to the crowd. In turn, he received that same energy back from the fans. For their last song out of six, “Life Cycles,” the lead singer of The Color Morale, Garret Rapp, came out and sang part of the song with them.

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The first of the two headlining bands was The Devil Wears Prada. Even though their set had technical difficulties, the band from Dayton, Ohio still played their whole hour-long set. Part of their set was dedicated to their new EP, Space. The EP was released on August 21, 2015. The band played all six songs off of it. After their set, many audience members left the venue, showing which band they were there to see.

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The last band of the night was Motionless In White. By the time they went on, a number of the people had already left, and the crowd seemed to have less energy than they did for the previous bands. The band was able to get the audience more excited with their cover of Linkin Park’s “One Step Closer.” It was a bit of an odd choice for them, but it worked. Motionless In White also had other methods of getting the crowd engaged. They had an average-sized video screen in the center of the stage, showing scenes from different black and white movies. There was also a female dancer that came out in different costumes. Her outfits and dances matched the theme of each song. She threw candy out into the crowd, going along with the Halloween decorations that the band had set up on stage. There were risers along the back of the stage that made an elevated platform for their keyboardist and drummer. During the band’s last song before their encore, “Scissorhands (The Last Snow),” foaming soap, which looked like snow, was shot out above the crowd. On stage, the lead singer, Chris “Motionless” Cerulli, kept mentioning that Motionless In White was planning on taking a break from touring to work on their new album, but they were planning on touring again this upcoming summer. When asked about how the tour was going, the bassist, Devin “Ghost” Sola, said that the tour was going great. The band was having a lot of fun with it, since they were able to bring their own stage production out. By the end of Motionless In White’s 75 minute set, everybody in the crowd was jumping and singing along. All of the bands that night worked hard and, in return, got a show of love and dedication from their fans.

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