SAYREVILLE, NJ – Crowds flooded into New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom on Wednesday, May 10th to see the highly anticipated We Will Detonate Tour, headlined by Pierce The Veil and Sum 41, with support from Emarosa and Chapel.
Chapel, a Georgia-based two piece band recently signed to Rise Records, won over much of the crowd with their synth heavy, angsty pop rock. With just a small handful of songs released (so far), even those aware of the band stood in silence for most of their 20 minute set, hearing yet-to-be-released material from the band. That being said, keep an eye on them – they’ll be the next big thing.
Post-hardcore band Emarosa took the stage after Chapel, amping up the energy. Frontman Bradley Walden took no time at all to interact with the crowd, seemingly spending more of their set on the barricade, crowdsurfing or in the audience than he did on the stage with the band. Playing mostly material from their latest release 131, these guys definitely played a memorable set that will leave a lasting impression.
When Sum 41 took to the stage, it was immediately apparent that the recent return of Dave “Brownsound” Baksh definitely improved their stage presence and performance, allowing frontman Deryck Whibley to focus more of his attention on his vocals and showing off his unique persona. In their 50 minute set, the skumfuks played a solid balance of their old hits, material from their most recent album 13 Voices, a few deep cuts and some fun covers, crafting a performance that left Sum fans of any era more than satisfied. The band themselves were having the time of their lives; a wonderful sight given Whibley’s turbulent past.
Pierce The Veil followed and absolutely tore down the house. PTV put a lot of emphasis on their stage production incorporating video screens behind them with visuals timed to the music, along with an extensive lighting rig, confetti and CO2 cannons, which amplified their performance and helped convey the emotions of their songs. During a thirteen song set, the San Diego act took the crowd on an emotional ride with the angriest material finding balance with their most gentle side. Most of their setlist came from the band’s most recent releases, Collide with the Sky and Misadventures. A highlight was the full band acoustic version of Selfish Machines song, “Stay Away From My Friends,” which brought tears to the eyes of many crowd members.
All in all, this show was a memorable one, with not a single bad, or even decent, performance. Every band absolutely killed it, and if this tour hasn’t reached your city yet and tickets aren’t sold out, change that immediately by going to PTV’s website found here.
Photos and review by Sophia Zucker