Going to a concert is always an exciting experience. But seeing as this was the first time I was going to have to review one, I was even more excited than normal. (and maybe a little nervous) Outside of the venue I was greeted with the longest waiting line I’ve seen in a while. And even though it was chilly out, the line seemed to move rather steadily once the doors opened. The floor was filled with colored hair and crown the empire bandannas. And there I was again, waiting patiently for the first band to make their entrance.
Sworn in was the first to take the stage. With a sound that was sure to grab your attention, As soon as they hit the stage they got the crowd jumping and on their feet. With the hypnotic and charismatic Tyler Dennen On lead vocals, Every person in the venue had their attention on the stage. These guys have an obvious love for what they do, and do nothing but get better with each time I’ve heard them. Playing songs like “Snake Eyes” and “Mindless” Sworn In kept the crowd going through their entire set. They have definitely shown that they are a band to keep an eye on.
Like Moths To Flame was up next, Not having heard of these guys before I do have to say, you wouldn’t expect the sound you’re hearing to be coming out of front man Chris Roetter. While keeping up with the momentum that Sworn in had during their set, The crowd was going crazy.
The amount of crowd surfers was something you don’t see all too often. The interaction with the crowd was something you don’t see much of either. Playing songs like “The Blackout” and “I Solemnly Swear” This is a band that knows how to put on a live show. They are obviously dedicated to not only their music, but their fans as well. If they tour in a town near you, it’s definitely worth the trip.
Crown The Empire is a band I am familiar with, and was more than excited to get the opportunity to photograph them. Playing a bunch of tracks from their newest release Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways (like “Initiation” and “MNSTR”), with some of their other hits mixed in (such as “Makeshift Chemistry” and their closer “The Fallout”), they did not disappoint. With two Brilliantly lit up cog wheels on either side of he stage, CTE made that stage their own. Their sound is a little different than you would expect to hear being a 6 piece group, But it’s definitely something that will not only grab your attention, it will stick with you for a while.
With lead vocals done by Andrew Velasquez and David Escamilla their set only made you want to jump up more. I suggest that if you haven’t heard them, grab their newest release and give it a listen.
The last to take the stage was Attila. Front man Fronze is the type of person who is going to do exactly what he wants whether you like it or not. From the wall of death that happened no more than three songs into the set, to the circle pit around the soundboard that happened towards the end of the night, the energy just kept coming.
There were crowd surfers galore, they just seemed to be coming out of nowhere and never seemed to stop making their way to the front of the stage. Playing songs like “Hellraiser”, “Shots for the boys” and “Middle fingers up” The entire band was always making sure to interact with the crowd.
When they weren’t picking up the panties and bras that were thrown on stage to hang on their mics, Fronze decided that the crowd needed to practice safe sex and threw an entire box of condoms into the crowd. Attila was another band I hadn’t heard of before, but was pleasantly surprised to see that I thoroughly enjoyed their performance. Closing with their most well known song “About That Life” in the 2 song encore The crowd still couldn’t seem to get enough.
And with that the night came to a close, seeing people leave a show with a smile on their faces, meant that the show had served it’s purpose. To not just entertain, but to satisfy while also leave you wanting more.
Till next time…