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.
Famous Last Words and Manafest hit the Championship Bar & Grill in Trenton, NJ May 9th; a venue splattered top to bottom with graffiti, plastered with band stickers and decorated with eclectic memorabilia (rusted bike handlebars, flowers, Sherlock Holmes tales, etc.). Check out some photos from their passionate performances right here!
It’s still early in 2017, but The End Is Here Tour may very well be the biggest tour of the year. Giants in the scene like Falling In Reverse, Motionless In White and Issues play to crowds of thousands with stage production that would rival the best Hollywood sets. And on a massive tour like this, openers Dangerkids and Dead Girls Academy start each show off with a bang. Check out the insane spectacle at Philly’s The Fillmore with these incredible shots.
When someone says you’re making a scene, they might mean that you’re being too overdramatic in public for comfort. But here at Staten Island’s Overspray music venue, where the walls are as covered in artwork as most of the show-goers skins, a bunch of punks, rockers, hardcore kids and metalheads (including an eight-year-old who is most definitely cooler than you) came together for August 5th’s Summerfest to make a scene that’s about more than just being overly loud and in your face.
Oh man, oh man, oh man. It’s that time of year again. We caught the Holmdel, NJ date of the 2016 Vans Warped Tour and had the good fortune of watching, photographing, and moshing to bands like Every Time I Die, Old Wounds, Capsize, Ice Nine Kills and more! Check out some of our shots from that hot, hot day and see you punks again next year!
WEBSTER HALL, NYC – On the last day of their tour together (April 17th), I went to see August Burns Red, Between the Buried and Me and Good Tiger. I’ll be honest and admit that I didn’t do my homework. I had no clue what Good Tiger was, who was in it, or what they sound like. The groovy, almost funky, sometimes metalcore, always catchy sounds came fast and unexpectedly. Elliot Coleman’s high pitched singing mostly stayed constant even when the instrumentals started picking up the pace. This was the perfect melodic opener to Between the Buried and Me’s rhythmic brand of progressive metal.
It may have been a weeknight for every eager metal fan, however nothing but insanity ensued Wednesday October 7th at Irving Plaza from start to finish, when every band possessed the crowd with a fulfilling night of circle pits, sing-alongs and controlled violence. As soon as the first ring of guitar feedback began to screech through the speakers, the much anticipated explosion of energy took over and everyone lost it. Beartooth came out strong, tore off faces and spat on them by the time they were done with their set, showing no mercy. This all led up to the amazing Atreyu, who ignited the venue and made the crowd wish they had called their chiropractor prior (in the best way possible). No one left the show with their voice in tact, but they did leave with a thrilling experience they would not soon forget.
Photos and text by Alexander Chan
An acoustic guitar set, a 90s inspired grunge band, a hardcore band, and a pop punk act all played the same show Oct. 6th in New York City’s Gramercy Theatre. It felt like four different shows in one, or a really diverse variety show. Needless to say, I got nothing I was expecting.
Elder Brother–or apparently only the singer, Dan Rose, without the band–opened the Tuesday night show with acoustic guitar songs and some jokes while he tuned his guitar. Odd, because I was there for Defeater and I was expecting nothing but Massachusetts hardcore. As he began playing I braced myself for the worst, but Rose was definitely not bad. Elder Brother is worth checking out if you need some slower, softer music.
Superheaven, which can easily be called a Nirvana copycat, came on next with some catchy, grungy tunes. Nothing you haven’t heard before and I was getting restless for some heavy shit, not to mention the air conditioning was on full blast on a chilly October evening. I wanted to see movement.
Then Defeater came on fast and hard. Most bands don’t sound like their recordings during live performances. Defeater is no exception. Drums generally overpower vocals at live events and sometimes the vocals suffer without the magic of post-production. Defeater is an exception in this case. This was one of the best performances I have seen. Derek Archambault’s impassioned screaming was loud and clear. His voice took over the Gramercy and commanded the crowd’s attention and movement. The drums, which sometimes seem like a distant background on their digital tracks, crashed and battered through the rhythmic guitars louder than expected. Drummer Joe Longobardi was mesmerizing by himself, enjoying the moment and lost in his own little world of a drum kit.
Aside from being harder and stronger live than through my headphones, the visuals greatly added to Defeater’s performance. Archambault was like an angry Energizer bunny two-stepping, hopping around non-stop, and crushing the airwaves with a powerful, bewitching voice in front of a mock stained glass church window. The lights transitioned red, yellow and white adding a churchlike perspective to their set, about half of which was composed of songs from their latest album, Abandoned.
Following the awe-inspiring Defeater came Boston pop punk headliners, Four Year Strong. The crowd had grown during the break between bands and was itching to leave its feet. In my experience, the unlikeliest bands cause the most ruckus. Song after song the crowd surged and jumped and thrashed as intensely if not more so than at a heavier band’s show. They, like Defeater, are much better live. You could feel the connection between band and audience and it was contagious. I couldn’t help but like what I was seeing, even though I don’t like pop punk.
This is a tour you don’t want to miss if you want a show experience unlike what you’re accustomed to. At the very least, come for Defeater and witness one of the best hardcore bands currently out there.
Review by David Marulanda. Photos by Alexander Chan.
Long Island’s Amityville Music Hall could hardly contain the excitement on September 6th for ERRA’s headlining tour. For a cramped venue, it felt like a festival. The crowd was fueled with energy as fans pushed their way toward the stage, reaching for the mic to scream their favorite Invent, Animate lyrics. Lead vocalist Ben English put on one of the most powerful performances I have seen this year, sending chills down my spine and even making me yell the lyrics while taking these photos. Impressive and inspiring, Polyphia mellowed the crowd with their sweet progressive instrumentals. Yet the main attraction was of course ERRA who delivered massive force inside the small venue. The strength of vocalist Ian Eubanks’s screams sent everyone to the stage, while Jesse Cash’s cleans guided everyone to sing along before tearing everything apart in the pit.
Photos and text by Justin LaMot
Atmospheric metalcore had a night at Gramercy Theatre in NYC last Thursday, August 20th when Northlane headlined a show with supporting acts Like Moths To Flames, In Hearts Wake and Oceans Ate Alaska. When he wasn’t busy shaking things up in the pit, photographer Alex Chan was on the scene snapping photos of the Aussies in Northlane and the Ohio gents in LMTF. Check out the gallery below!
All photos by Alex Chan.