I'm sore, bruised, tired, and unbelievably happy, which can only mean one thing: I won a fight! No I didn't. That was a lie. I'm sorry. I don't know why you trust me to bring you news.
I went to Warped Tour this weekend! That's better. That was the truth. We're on the path to healing.
Since I won my tickets this year (hashtag blessed) I didn't have a press pass, so please excuse the low-res iphone photos that are going to follow.
I started my day at the amphitheater that housed the Journeys and Warheads stages to see The Ready Set, and I, as usual, was a giddy little girl who was about to see one of her favorite artists. My alarm clock was "Stays Four The Same" for almost the entire second half of my Junior year of high school, so this show was, for me, four years in the making.
It's one thing for a musician to be better live than recorded. It's another entirely for them to bring an entirely new sound to their songs. The Ready Set, of course, delivers this in the transition from solo recordings by Jordan Witzigreuter (the singular true member of The Ready Set) to full live band. The songs go from sweet alternative pop to raucous, glorious, feet-off-the-ground rock that still retains the sweetness of the album.
Things got even heavier when Anberlin took the stage, as deep and raw as they could get, knowing that they have a limited amount of time to pour their souls out on stage as Anberlin. I was extra hashtag-blessed (am I horrible for using that saying in a professional article? Is this even a professional article?) to get to see them in their last year together, because somewhere down the road, I would have been cursing missing out on seeing them live while I had the chance.
I spent a few hours wandering, catching bits and pieces of different bands, eating various forms of frozen desserts, and finished up the scheduled portion of my day with Icon For Hire, another favorite that I had been jonesing to see since high school. Icon For Hire has never let me down musically, and seeing them live just raised the bar even higher. I have never been more inspired in my life to keep at it with my music and art careers. There's so much honesty in Icon For Hire's music that their set is more a call to action than anything else. It's not a 20 minute request to move, it's a full blown protest of complacency and apathy. You cant' leave an Icon For Hire show and not feel like there's a world out there that needs to be conquered by art and energy.
I didn't even cry when I met the band, so I had a great day.
Random bands have started to follow me on twitter and tumblr, and it does amazing things for my ego. In this segment, we talk about the bands that have followed me this week.
I tweeted something about doing metalcore vocals (spoiler, it was in a dream, I will never be able to start a metalcore band) and these guys found me on twitter. They stuck with me after about fifty tweeted videos of me after getting a wisdom tooth pulled, so props to them they truly understand the meaning of living hardcore.
I really enjoyed the majority of their music, there was a disconnect between the screamed vocals and the clean vocals. It wasn't the kind of disconnect that brings interest to the songs. It was as though the clean vocals belonged to a different band in a different genre... they weren't enjoyable and really detracted from the overall experience of the music. And that's unfortunate, because aside from those poorly paved bridges, this is a solid metalcore band that produces solid music.
Listen For The Light
I also got a follow this week from the bassist of Listen For The Light, a metalcore band out of Maryland. Which means he could have found me because of metalcore or because of Maryland. SO THERE'S A MYSTERY HERE. I don't know what I wanted to accomplish with that sentence but I'm kind of fond of it so I guess it's staying
I am super excited about this band, because they are a shining light in a genre that typically has a musical checklist. The vocal layering of clean and screaming is a refreshing change from alternating verses, or saving clean vocals for a quick visit on the bridge. And there are moments when the guitar gets to shine without drop tuning, and it's fantastic. I feel like I just got out of a pool, it's phenomenal.
The Gift of Ghosts
I usually love anything ghost related, and the trend held up for these guys.
The Gift of Ghosts skirts around genre by picking the best aspects of the full spectrum of rock, sprinkling in some dope programming, and spine shattering vocals.We get double the clean vocals, double the screaming, this is music that dances around in your ears on its own, it's like being given 3D glasses for sound. Ten out of ten would recommend.