Balloons and mosh pits.

That was the theme of last night.

I knew what I was going to get walking into the show last night. My expectations were low and I was really just happy to get out of the house and get to a show after being sick for a couple of days.

Bullet For My Valentine is a force to be reckoned with in the “radio metal” scene. Their music is approachable but still heavy. It’s a parent’s dream and probably something my parents would have rather had me listening instead of Cannibal Corpse and Slipknot. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that radio rock is the bane of my existence. So where does that leave “radio metal”? It’s not my favorite. Like I said, I knew what I was walking into and I was just happy to be out of the house and at a show.I think bands like this are a great gateway drug into the world of underground metal and punk that I love to much.

Last night, Bullet For My Valentine had me questioning my opinion on bands like this. Am I going soft? They absolutely blew me away with their energy and the fact that they were actually playing and singing. See, here’s the thing, majority of the bands I’ve seen like this, the popular ones played on the radio or ones that started off as hard bands and have gone soft, aren’t actually playing live. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked out of a show because the tracking and effects are so over the top and unbelieveable. I kind of figured last night would be the same. I planned on having an early night at home with a mug of tea and my cats in my lap. The fact that I stayed until the bitter end, even through the encore, just proves how impressed I was with these guys.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m still not a huge fan of this genre. If it comes on the radio, I will be the first to change the station, but I did enjoy seeing a band with so much energy live. The indie-pop-rock scene can get a bit boring. It’s night after night of bands just standing on the stage with their flannel shirts and thick rimmed glasses. They think it’s too cool to be running around the stage and throwing guitars in the air. Sometimes, that’s exactly what you need and sometimes (like at some of these indie shows) it’s just not appropriate or necessary. I get that. But like I said, sometimes you just need a little more excitement and that’s exactly what Bullet For My Valentine gave me last night.

While She Sleeps was the first band to play last night. I have been keeping my eye on these guys for a couple of months now and was super excited to finally see them live. They didn’t let me down, but their set was short and left me wanting more. These guys, like the other bands, are heavy but still approachable. Out of all of the bands that played last night, these guys are probably the heaviest and are obviously on track to join the ranks of bands such as Bullet For My Valentine and Bring Me The Horizon and many other of the metalcore bands I grew up listening to that turned into overnight sensations. I’m happy for them. I truly mean that. But this also bums me out. I know that next time I see these guys live, things will be completely different. Their music will be toned down and I will be surrounded by a bunch of little kids wearing their Hot Topic and “vintage” clothes. It’s not the worst thing in the world. The members of WSS seem to be really nice guys and deserve the fame and notoriety that their forefathers have. But where does that leave a fan like me? Disappointed. I truly hope nothing changes about these guys but deep down, they’re on a path and that path is headed in a direction that I steer clear from. With all of that being said, these guys were great last night!

Speaking of bands on a path that I steer clear from… Asking Alexandria was the other band to play at the show. I was excited to see these guys because I loved the amount of energy they had the last time I saw them. Their music is the same, carbon copy “radio metal” as the rest of the night and I knew that but, as I always say, it’s all about your live show. I don’t care about what genre you play, I care about how you play it and how you present it. I was let down by Asking Alexandria. They are one of those bands that I absolutely loved a couple of years ago but then they went stale for me. Sometimes, bands can do this but keep their live shows great and exciting. Unfortunately, these guys are not one of those bands. I found myself staring at the ice in my cup more than staring at the stage. Asking Alexandria’s singer was looking and acting like Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon. The music sounded like all of the same crap that you can hear on your metal radio station in town. There was nothing different. Yeah, they were running around on stage and yeah, they were full of energy but it felt fake. The music felt fake and that is the most tragic feeling in the world when you are at a concert.

Last night wasn’t the best show I’ve ever been to but it also wasn’t the absolute worst. I always love to see some of my favorite bands succeed and get to the level that the bands last night are on but I hate it when that means they lose their integrity and the feeling of the music.

Dear bands, grow and gain popularity. Shoot for the stars and work your butts off. Become the next Metallica and make billions. Whatever you do, don’t forget what this whole thing is about…. the music. Don’t forget about the music or your roots and make sure to stay true to both things.

Line Up:

While She Sleeps

Asking Alexandria

Bullet For My Valentine

Venue: The Myth

Sausage Fest Meter-  9 out of 10

Broken Bones- None That I Saw

Average Age- 12

Spotted Flying Through The Sky- Shoes, Shirts, Water Cups, Ice, Balloons

Vape Clouds Spotted- 17

Level of Moshing- Mild at Best

Crowd Surfers- 49

Drink of Choice- Water. The bars were practically empty because of how young the crowd was.

Fear Conquered- I finally got the guts to use one of my coveted “press passes” with a push from my roommate. The amount of power you feel when you get to stand in front of the crowd and right in front of the stage to take pictures for a couple of songs is unreal. Too bad I looked like a tool with only my iphone as my camera. I’m just going to go with the idea that I’m a trendsetter on that front.

Spotted in the Crowd- Jerrid of Royal’z

Overall Score- 4 out of 10

Show On Deck- Allan Rayman, LOLO, Whiskey Shivers & Moonrise Nation at The Entry

 

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