Kevin Devine and The Goddamn Band, Balance and Composure, and Manchester Orchestra are hitting the road on what could be one of the best lineup tours so far this year. They started their tour here in Florida. The last stop in the Sunshine State was at the House of Blues in Orlando. The music was solid from start to finish and it was a night not to miss. Below is a gallery from the show.
A warning to fans of The Maine this album is a polar opposite to what their typical sound is. In a press release O’Callaghan said that his goal with this EP was to, “Write music with people I hadn’t yet played with and experiment with a darker side of my brain.”
This EP is just that; dark. The first song ‘Pretty Girl Monster’ is the heaviest sounding. There are quite a few different textures of sounds that help create a great driving atmospheric jam music.
A favorite off the EP is the closing track ‘Black Dolphin’ which is in a way psychedelic and most intriguing.
O’Callaghan and Monaco had help on this project from Trey Nickelsen, Ryan Gose of This Century, and Eric Halvorsen formerly from A Rocket To The Moon.
Their music backgrounds come together perfectly to create this adventurous EP. You can stream it for free here and is also available on vinyl.
As for whether or not this will interfere with future plans with The Maine have no fear. “The Maine is my true baby,” O’Callaghan said,” This was just a few dates with a chick you know you’re never going to call again.”
The Art of Tour made its second stop at The Beacham in Orlando yesterday. This all ages show had kids as well as their parents singing along. It was an evening of great pop-punk music.
New York natives and first time visitors to Florida, Crash The Party, was a great opening act. They may have had a small technical issue, but they made use of that time by connecting with the audience by cracking a few cheesy jokes. CTP’s sound is pure pop-punk. It’s great upbeat music for any occasion. They even surprised everyone by covering the inescapable Frozen track ‘Let it Go.’
Next to take the stage was This Century. They may have gone through a recent lineup change last month, but they didn’t let that effect their live show at all. Their semi influenced country pop punk sound is always a crowd pleaser. Especially with songs like ‘Bleach Blonde’ and ‘Slow Dance Night’ that had the crowd singing every last word.
Headliner We The Kings ended the night right. After member changes and even a move toward a new sound the band still knows how to put on a great show. They started off their set with a new song and followed it with longtime fan favorite ‘Skyway Avenue.’ If you were wonder how has this Florida band changed over the years, but yet kept up their fan base the answer is simple. They know how to make great music that keeps people moving and wanting more. They played ‘I Like It’, a song off their latest release ‘Somewhere Somehow’, and it is clear that this pop punk group is going to be moving with the trends in today’s popular music.
Overall the show was simply pop-punk-tastic. If you missed the show the tour will be ending back here in Florida. They will be in Gainesville on the 28th Pensacola on the 29th.
To Write Love on Her Arms’ annual Heavy and Light show was just that. It was a night of heavy conversation with light woven into the seam.
Spoken word poet Anis Mojgani, singer song writers Mary Lambert and Tristan Prettyman, The Summer Set, and Switchfoot singer Jon Foreman all preformed to the almost packed house. Denny Kosch, Aaron Moore, Kevin Breel, and Jamie Tworkowski also spoke at the event.
The event was not a a benefit show, but rather a way for TWLOHA to reach out and possibly help people find the help that they need and spread awareness. This is the 7th year that the organization has held the event and it has come quite a long way. It all started at The Social and this year it was a two weekend event, one in LA the other here in Orlando.
Below is a gallery of the nights speakers and performers.