“I Prevail is either jaw droppingly good or they are tracking. I can’t tell but that just means they’re doing their job… right?”
That’s what I posted online last night.
I was frustrated. I wanted to believe that I Prevail was really just that good but it was almost too good to be true.
Bands use backing tracks when playing live. I get it but am still not okay with it. I’ve said it before and I will say it again and again… I enjoy concerts because they are real. If you have to track majority of your set, something is wrong. I don’t care if your set is less than perfect, I just want it to be real. Track a few things here and there and I probably won’t notice or just brush it off, but when it’s obvious that you are faking every scream and every guitar solo, I will be less than thrilled and will feel like I’m wasting my time.
Was I just wasting my time last night?
That’s when my phone lit up. It was the guitarist of Dayseeker (who I saw on Sunday night) letting me know that he has toured with I Prevail before and they truly are that freaking amazing live. Then my buddy Steven asked me what I thought of them and I explained to him that I just couldn’t tell if it was real or not. He explained that that’s exactly why he loved them the first time he saw them, because it was so freaking perfect and… it was real. My jaw hit the floor.
True perfection is something I do not look for in a show. I know there are going to be missed notes and missed beats. Some vocals will go flat, some will go sharp and there’s sure to be moments where the singer is busy trying to catch his breath so he misses whole lines of lyrics. All of these things are what makes a concert real and I embrace the little hiccups in band’s performances but what happens when a band is next to perfect? Of course my first thought is to write the band off as tracking but in the case of I Prevail, I had too many credible sources saying that that was not the case.
I did the only thing I could think of to do. I stood back, completely stunned, and watched I Prevail completely murder it on stage. They were the heaviest band of the night and ended up being the one that stuck with me the most. On my way home I kept thinking back to any hint of tracking that I saw but there was none. I, honest to God, think they were seriously just that good and my mind was blown. Their set was completely with a flawless rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and a medley featuring songs from Rage Against the Machine, Linkin Park, and more. It didn’t matter if they were playing a cover or an original song, these guys were more than amazing. On a lineup of great bands, these guys stood out the most.
The second band to go on was Neck Deep and, initially, they were the reason I really wanted to go to this show. These guys didn’t really fit the bill. Neck Deep is very much a pop-punk band and, when thrown onto a bill with I Prevail and Pierce the Veil, I couldn’t help but wonder what the people in charge were thinking. I was afraid that Neck Deep wouldn’t get any support from the crowd due to being so much calmer than the rest of the line-up but I was wrong.
As soon as the music started, the crowd started jumping up and down and what had been a metal crowd for I Prevail, complete with an attempt at a wall of death, had now calmed into a sea of people jumping up and down with endless crowd surfers. It made me so happy to see that people were supporting a band so different from the rest of the night. They weren’t just paying attention, they were getting into it. I’ve always been the type that enjoys bipolar shows but I thought I was in the minority. Last night proved that maybe these young kids (I seriously must have been one of the oldest people in the venue last night) in the scene aren’t as bad as everyone makes them out to be.
Neck Deep played their pop punk anthems, had cute banter between band member and the crowd (at least I think it was cute? They all have super strong English accents that make it hard to understand them at times), and did it all with smiles on their face. It was a good set but just seemed to fall to the wayside when compared to the perfection of I Prevail and the energy that was to come from Pierce the Veil. It wasn’t that Neck Deep was bad in any way, shape, or form but I think they might be in a bit over their heads when it comes to this tour.
As soon as Neck Deep was done you could feel the energy in the room change as the young fans pushed towards the front of the venue in anticipation for Pierce the Veil. As soon as the black curtain dropped, you saw the stage with what looked like the wreck of a spaceship. It all looked very 2-D until the members of Pierce the veil were spotted crawling through the windows of this busted up space ship that had been cut in half to make room for the drum set. From the second those members hit the stage to the very last note they played, they had the crowd hanging on their every word and movement.
I’m not a huge fan of Pierce the Veil’s music. I find it a bit too whiny and poppy for my liking but there is absolutely no denying the fact that they know how to put on an amazing live show. They had me stuck where I was and watching their every move. The energy that they were giving off from that stage was amazing and, even though I could do without their music, I walked away from their set happy that I had a chance to see them live again.
I put a post on Facebook asking who else was going to the show last night but the only responses I got were people saying they felt bad for me or laughing at me for going. Sure, I know that me going to see Pierce the Veil and enjoying it may ruin my street cred a bit but there’s nothing I can do about it but I have to give credit when credit is due.
Last night wasn’t supposed to be that good of a show.
Sausage Fest Meter- 8 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 18
Crowd Surfers- 53
Rating of the Wall Of Death During I Prevail’s Set- 3 out of 10
Spotted Flying Through The Sky- Confetti
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Overall Score- 7.5 out of 10
Show on Deck- D.R.I.