Original Show Date: June 14th
Change happens, at any time or any place, sometimes it is anticipated and properly reacted to, while other times, maybe not immediately. Bands encounter a variety of modifications throughout their careers, whether it be an evolution in their music, going from being on a label to independent or parting ways with a member (or members). Having gone through the latter a number of times many bands are familiar with this concept.
Since forming in 2007, Cute Is What We Aim For has had frequent occurrences. As 2012 progressed closer to a wrap, The Dangerous Summer; Cody Payne and AJ Perdomo found themselves facing this dilemma as well. Fast forward to mid-2013, TDS completed its line-up with Matt Kennedy and Ben Cato. Payne, Perdomo, Cato and Kennedy are a combination of original and new, collectively dedicated to the same goal, making stellar tunes.
Both bands are solid with where their careers have placed them currently and are to take their show on the road. So, they did just that, together. Who knows if a CIWWAF & TDS tour was always in the cards, but it just worked out. Both bands are slated to have new music release this fall with an EP for CIWWAF coming soon and a 3rd full length for TDS having just been released. The guys brought their music to eager fans across the country, making a stop in Atlanta at the iconic venue, The Masquerade.
It was a night of firsts, CIWWAF embarked on their first headlining tour since reforming and TDS was out on their first US tour with a new half. The show drew in a great, enthusiastic crowd and both bands were flawless in their performances. TDS took the stage first that evening kicking off the set with “Catholic Girls”, a brand new tune from Golden Record. Ben Cato killed it on drums; his dedication to his craft was ever so prominent. Matt Kennedy exemplified the same on guitar. The two paired with the constant greats, Payne and Perdomo, made for harmonious tunes.
The evening was far from over as CIWWAF took the stage and owned it, performing all of fans favorites. Their spot on performance left no doubts that time away from stage had no effect on them. Shaant took time out to express his appreciation to the crowd for standing by the band through the years. He got up close and personal with the crowd, standing on the barricade and eliminating all divide between band and fans.
There are zero degrees of separation when the changes made in the band line-up are for the better. Everyone being on the same page makes for a more cohesive group, which leads to a more harmonious… well, everything. From any approach, everybody wins, from band to fan, it is music to everyone’s ears.