Incase you missed this crazy tour sponsored by Violent Gentlemen in your town; on December 13th, 2014 I had the pleasure of witnessing this intense line-up. What a great way to kick the 32 degree weather in Sayreville, New Jersey with a night at the famous Starland Ballroom.
After a night waiting out in the cold for the doors to open, our Long Island neighbors, Backtrack kicked it off by setting the mood for the entire night. After releasing their current production on Bridge Nine Records “Lost In Life” in early 2014, this band made no mistake to thaw out everyones cold mindset with some of my personal favorites from their previous album “Darker Half” with none other than, “Darker Half” and “Erase The Rat” leaving a hard reminder to every single person why they were here tonight.
Heading a little south, from Myrtle Beach South Carolina, Hundredth took the stage. Having it be one of the first times witnessing this band live, I was blown away. The energy this band has and connection that was given to the crowd allows you to really see where this bands heart truly is. Early October of this year Hundredth signed with Hopeless Records and is planning to re-release their entire catalog. Pre-orders are available for their combining of two latest EPs, Revolt/Resist, on one disc. Not to mention, they have confirmed on performing this upcoming years Warped Tour 2015. If you have not seen this band live yet, I highly recommend you add them to your list.
Heading “across the pond” as they say in Brighton, UK the electrifying Architects took center stage. I’ve seen this band perform on tour many times and Architects is one band that’s extremely difficult to keep your eyes off of. After this tour, in 2015 Architects will be hitting the road in Australia headling with Stick to your Guns, Stories and Being As An Ocean. Architects released an album earlier this year on Epitaph Records entitled “Lost Forever // Lost Together” This band, as they say, “Never loses sight of what matters most.” -C.A.N.C.E.R.
From sunny Los Angeles, California my personal good friends The Ghost Inside took stage. After releasing their EP “Dear Youth” off of Epitaph in November of 2014 I was anxious on seeing how the crowd would react to one of my personal favorite productions they have put together over the years. As soon as the lights went down, my question was answered. Opening with “Avalanche” the crowds energy built up like a bomb. Being a friend of Jonathan Vigil for a few years now, being able to know his pains, pressures, journeys, strengths and struggles and have it pour out through every single song he performs shows true selfless heart allowing every person to know, where ever you are, whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone.
Buffalo NY southern rockers, Every Time I Die closed the stage that night with an excess of blood, sweat and beers. Listening to this band since the start of their career, this was my first time watching them perform outside of Warped Tour. You can tell their fanbase is one group of people that have too witnessed them whether from the beginning or from any of their released albums through the years and have stayed true. And their performance shows how thankful they are for it. Their newly released album artwork “From Parts Unknown” off of Epitaph Records this year roughly decorated the stage for their performance. With strong energy and connection to the crowd this band gave the Starland Ballroom a f@#$in’ shake before closing the doors that night.
Review and photos by April Woronowicz