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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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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All That Remains at Baltimore Soundstage

All That Remains at Baltimore Soundstage

All That Remains returned to Baltimore on Tuesday, May 23rd, this time playing Baltimore Soundstage. On tour with them was Through Fire.

Local bands Bridge To Divide and Silence The Requiem opened the show, both of whom played for close to twenty minutes each. Silence The Requiem got the crowd to move, with a mosh pit opening up for a good part of their set. Bridge To Divide dedicated a song to anybody in the audience who had served in the military. They played a few different songs off of their recently released EP.

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Through Fire took the stage and played for about half an hour. Their set started with their introduction song, “Reborn.” They played their current single, “Breathe,” which is getting played on radio stations across the country. Through Fire played a cover of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights,” also found on their debut album, Breathe. They ended their set with “Stronger,” their first single.

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Finally, All That Remains began their set. They played for about 75 minutes to a crowd who was singing along to every word. The band started by playing “Madness,” the title track off of their album that was released last month. As soon as All That Remains played the first note of “The Last Time,” the crowd got even louder. They performed a cover of “The Thunder Rolls,” by Garth Brooks, which is also found on Madness. Guitarist Oli Herbert is one of those people who is so fun to watch while performing. After songs such as “For We Are Many” and “What If I Was Nothing?” All That Remains closed with “Two Weeks,” ending the night with a song that everybody in the audience knew.

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Another Lost Year and Never Say Die at the Dawg House

Another Lost Year and Never Say Die at the Dawg House

Saturday, April 1st was the last night of Another Lost Year and Never Say Die’s tour. After over two months, it was finally wrapping up at the Dawg House in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Local bands Spider Rockets and Ignite the Fire opened up the show.

Both of the local bands played for about a half hour each. Spider Rockets’ set included an awesome guitar solo. They ended with “Sick,” one of their newer songs. Ignite the Fire got the crowd to get up close to the stage and jump around. Their set included a cover of Breaking Benjamin’s “Blow Me Away.”

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Never Say Die began their set with “Since You’ve Gone Away,” the first song off of their debut album, Destroy + Rebuild, which was released in January. Next they played “Numb,” then “Automatic,” one of the first songs that was released off of the album. Next was a cover of My Darkest Days’ “Every Lie.” Lead singer Reid Henry and bassist Brendan McMillan were both in My Darkest Days, until that band broke up a few years ago. Another Lost Year’s lead singer, Clinton Cunanan, came out to sing on this song. The band made sure to mention that this was the last night of the tour, as well as April Fool’s Day, so they were unsure as to what to expect in terms of pranks. The band only had about 45 minutes to perform, so they performed a few more songs off of their album, including “Like A Nightmare,” their current single that is being played on radio stations across the country. Never Say Die ended their set with “Porn Star Dancing,” another My Darkest Days song. Another Lost Year came onto the stage during this song for the “end of tour pranks,” which primarily involved a small bison statue on wheels.

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Another Lost Year began performing around 11 that night. The band pointed out a few different fans in the crowd, as well as calling out all of the Shiprockers- those who go on the concert cruise, Shiprocked- in the room. Another Lost Year was on the cruise this last January, and lead singer Cunanan was wearing a Shiprocked shirt to show his love towards the big group of Shiprockers in attendance at the show. Another Lost Year was one of those really talkative bands who spend a lot of time interacting with their fans. You could tell that they truly loved being on stage. They included a short cover of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” along with their own songs, including “Writing on the Wall” and “Bastard Sons.” Their last song was “War On the Inside,” which Reid Henry from Never Say Die came out to perform with them. The band and all of the Shiprockers in the room got on the stage to take a big group picture. Even though many had thought the show was over and had begun to leave, Another Lost Year played one more song, “Southern California,” before ending the night.

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Eve To Adam at Fish Head Cantina

Eve To Adam at Fish Head Cantina

On February 16th, the Tongue Tied tour came to Fish Head Cantina in Halethorpe, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. Eve To Adam brought Message From Sylvia out to open for them this tour. Local bands Antica, Adam Crouse Project, and Modern Day Addiction also played on that Thursday night.

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After a bit of a delay, Message From Sylvia took the stage. They played for about 30 minutes. The band made sure to give a shout out to all of the local bands who had performed before them. Message From Sylvia performed with a ton of energy, moving around the whole time they were on stage. The five-piece group only has two songs out so far- “Right Here And Now” and “Heart of War”-, and they played both during their set. You can check the band out on their Facebook page here.

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Soon after, Eve To Adam took the stage. They began their set with “Locked and Loaded,” the title track off of their 2013 release. They included many other songs from that album in their set, such as “Straightjacket Supermodel,” “Crime Scene,” and “Forgive.” Eve To Adam also played “Tongue Tied,” a song off of their new album, Odyssey, which was just released on February 20th. You can purchase it here on iTunes and here on Amazon. Touring with the band is Butcher Babies’ drummer, Chris Warner, who had a short drum solo. Before ending their set, lead singer Taki Sassaris dedicated “Immortal” to all of the fans who came out that night to support live music.

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Breaking Benjamin at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Breaking Benjamin at The Fillmore Silver Spring

On January 10th, 2017, Breaking Benjamin’s short run of tour dates started at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. Wilson is opening all of the dates. The shows are planned around the bands’ performance on Shiprocked, a four-day-long music festival at sea.

Wilson began the night with an energy-filled performance. The five piece band got the crowd to start moving, and everybody sang along to their cover of AC/DC’s “Back In Black.” For about 40 minutes, they played songs such as “Windows Down!” and “Right To Rise”. Their set included a new song, “How Do You Sleep At Night.” Wilson mentioned that this would be their last tour for this record cycle, so make sure to catch them if they’re playing near you.

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After a bit of a wait, Breaking Benjamin finally took the stage. They opened their set with “So Cold,” getting much of the crowd to sing along. Guitarist Keith Wallen and bassist Aaron Bruch helped lead singer Benjamin Burnley out by singing the verses of some of the songs, such as “Sooner or Later” and “Simple Design.” Breaking Benjamin played a medley of covers that consisted of “The Imperial March,” “Bulls on Parade,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Walk,” and “Sad But True.” The set included one of their older songs, “Skin,” that they had not played in a while. The band thanked all of the service men and women and dedicated “I Will Not Bow” to them. After that, the band disappeared for a few moments, but came back on for an encore of “Diary of Jane.” After bowing for the crowd, Breaking Benjamin left the stage, ending their first show of the year.

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Drowning Pool at Tally Ho Theatre

Drowning Pool at Tally Ho Theatre

On December 18th, the Not-So-Silent Night Tour came to the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg, Virginia. Red Tide Rising, 9ELECTRIC, and Gemini Syndrome opened up for Drowning Pool for a show that continued to rock way past midnight on this Sunday night.

Red Tide Rising was the first band on that night. The band from Colorado played for about 30 minutes that night, wearing masks that covered most of their faces. Playing bass for the band was Jasen Moreno, lead singer of Drowning Pool. Their set included a cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World.”

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As soon as 9ELECTRIC took the stage, they began to blow the crowd away with their performance. This four piece group from an amazing live band, primarily due to all of their energy. The band’s members spent the whole set running around, and it seemed like they spent more time off of the stage than on it. Lead singer Thunderwood crowd surfed at one point and rode through the crowd on another man’s shoulders- all while still singing. They played their new single, “The Damaged Ones,” which is the title track off of their debut album.

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Gemini Syndrome took the stage a bit late, but the crowd was definitely ready for them. Most of the audience was singing along for their whole set. This was Gemini Syndrome’s last night on the tour, so members from Red Tide Rising and 9ELECTRIC came out during their set a couple of times to prank them. Gemini Syndrome played songs off of their new album, Memento Mori, including “Remember We Die.” During their last song, “Stardust,” lead singer Aaron Nordstrom went into the crowd to sing along with all of their fans.

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Finally, Drowning Pool came on. They opened their set with “Sinner”. The band performed songs from five of their albums, including “We Are the Devil,” “Feel Like I Do,” and “37 Stitches.” Drowning Pool ended the night a truly special performance of “Bodies.” Members from all three of the other bands came on stage to help Drowning Pool play their last song. The band also invited anybody in the crowd wearing one of their shirts to come up on stage and sing along. This show may have been the last of 2016 for many people that night, and it was such a great way to end the year.

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