The Dead Rabbitts at The Canal Club

The Dead Rabbitts at The Canal Club

On June 25th, the Tragic Hero Tour made a stop at the Canal Club in Richmond, Virginia. The Dead Rabbitts were headlining, with Set To Stun and Northern Ghost opening the tour. Unfortunately, Set To Stun was unable to make it to this date. Local bands Vilified, Half Past Dead, and Within Echoes also performed that night.

Northern Ghost put on a highly energetic show. They spent all 25 minutes that they were on stage moving around. This is the band’s first tour. Their debut record, Happy : Sad : Depressed : Suicidal, is coming out on July 7th, but they have already released some singles off of it, one of which can be found here. Even with a pretty short set, Northern Ghost still seemed to gain many new fans that night.

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Northern Ghost Pictures

The Dead Rabbitts opened their set with “Dead Again,” off of their new album, This Emptiness. I hadn’t seen this band in close to three years, but they’re still one of my favorite bands to watch live. Their previous album, Shapeshifter, turned three years old recently, and they played quite a few songs off of it, including “My Only Regret,” “Shapeshifter,” and “Bats In The Belfry.” They also did a cover of Blessthefall’s “Higinia”. Overall, the set seemed short and fast, lasting only about 45 minutes. After playing “This Emptiness,” The Dead Rabbitts left the stage, only to come back for an encore of “Deer In The Headlights,” which is one of my favorite songs of theirs. Even though I really wished that they had a longer set, I was still happy that I finally got to see one of my favorite bands again.

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The Dead Rabbitts Pictures

Assuming We Survive at The Broadberry

Assuming We Survive at The Broadberry

Assuming We Survive came to The Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia, on June 18th, Father’s Day. They’ve spent the last few weeks on the road with Icon For Hire. Also opening the show was October Sky and local band The Second After.

Assuming We Survive opened their set with “Catch 22.” Immediately, lead singer Adrian Estrella got the crowd involved, grabbing glasses and cat ear headbands off of fans and wearing them for a few minutes. Even though they said that this was their most quiet show in weeks, the band didn’t let that stop them, performing with a ton of energy during their time on stage. Their set included songs such as “18 Days,” “I’m Yours,” and “Down.” The band saw the lead singer of local band, The Second After, in the crowd, and pulled him on stage, saying how much they liked his band. During “Next To Me”, the venue lights went down and the room was lit up by lighters and cell phone flashlights in the audience. Assuming We Survive dedicated this song to all of the dads in the room, making the only reference that night to the holiday. Towards the end of the set, Estrella got off the stage and sang a bit in the crowd, in order to get everybody pumped up even more. The set ended with “No Fairy Tale,” which got all of their fans to sing along.

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Assuming We Survive Pictures

October Sky at Voltage Lounge

October Sky at Voltage Lounge

On June 15th, October Sky came to Voltage Lounge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Icon For Hire’s You Can’t Kill Us Tour. Also opening up the show were Assuming We Survive and local band She Pulled The Trigger.

October Sky is a two-piece electronic alternative rock band from Montreal, Canada. They definitely have a unique sound that translates over extremely well to a live setting. Even though they were only able to play for about 20 minutes, October Sky got the crowd moving and won over many new fans that night. They made sure to play “Break Me If You Can,” the first single off of their most recent release, Rise. The band also played “Fall Back Down,” off of their 2012 album, The Aphotic Season. October Sky performed with a ton of energy, and seemed to love what they were doing. If you ever get the chance to see them, do not miss out on catching October Sky, as they are a band that will absolutely blow you away with their live show.

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October Sky Pictures