The Wake Up and Be Awesome tour was a throwback to the good ole’ days when pop music could be integrated into a guitar, bass, drums, and singer setup of a band. The music was fun and light and both the crowd and acts were baby-faced.
The night kicked off with For The Foxes of Barnegat, New Jersey, who I had never heard of before that night. This quintet is one not to write off right away or at any point. Even if they aren’t your cup of tea they are at least worth a listen. Their style is heavily influenced by pop, but have hints of punk here and there, intertwined in their lyrics as well as melodies. Their sound is something that would be heard in the background of a feel-good summer flick while the main characters drive around their city and enjoy being young and carefree. If you like what you hear and are down in the dumps that you missed them on this tour, worry not, you can still catch them playing this year’s Warped Tour.
The next act, We Are The In Crowd, was not to be com-paramore’d. It seems to be a common preconception that bands led by female singers are going to sound similar to Paramore, hence the term “com-paramore”, but this band has a completely different sound. WATIC not only features the lovely Tay Jordine on lead vocals but also Jordan Eckes who also double as the lead guitarist. This batch of twenty something year-olds has turned sappy love songs into fun pop dance tunes. The crowd hung on every last word the duo sang back and forth and seemed to be having the time of their lives. WATIC is one of those bands to have a unique sound in a time when so many bands tend to imitate. They remind me of All Time Low back when they were first getting their bearings. A few songs to check out from this band are ‘Rumor Mill’ and ‘Kiss Me Again’.
Go Radio, ex- Mayday Parade and Tallahassee natives, brought the southern pop to the stage next. Their style is very laid back and is heavily laced with the sound that indie pop Florida bands have. If you have ever listened to Go Radio, Mayday Parade, The Almost, Between the Trees, or similar bands you know exactly what I mean. The set wasn’t too upbeat compared to the other acts, but it wasn’t a total drag either. It was just a nice set with great music to sit back and enjoy. You can also catch them this summer on Warped.
Last but not least was The Summer Set, who had turned it up a notch since the days when I listened to them. They have stepped over the line between fun catchy pop music that has always been their thing, to adulthood. This includes the same fun sound but with more adult content. For example I bet if you would have talked to singer Brian Dales years ago and told him that he would get over his love ‘Chelsea’ and start singing things like ‘Fuck You Over’ he probably would have laughed in your face, but of course, that’s how the story unfolded. Their set was mixed with new songs from their new upcoming release Legendary, mixed with old favorites to make sure the whole crowd heard something they liked.
Overall, this show’s lineup was a great combination of acts that all seemed to be fun and light hearted. As I said, if you are just kicking yourself for missing these bands, most of them will be touring the rest of this year, so be sure to check them out!
Photography by Danielle Burch