LIVE REVIEW: The Journeys Noise Tour Featuring Issues – Worcester, MA – 11/06/14

A band as diverse as Issues is bound to appeal to many listeners. A more diversified fan base means many bands are able to tour with Issues and fit in. That’s what made the Journeys Noise Tour such a fun experience: each band had something different to offer.

Georgia’s own Nightmares opened the show, bringing some solid riffs and aggressive sound to the table. Still, there were spots in their set list that allowed for catchiness and crowd participation. It was not your standard, boring chug fest.

Marmozets were the next to take the stage. Their sound and stage presence were wild and interesting. They are truly an outfit that refuses to confine to one specific sound or genre. The best part? Seeing vocalist Becca Macintyre completely let herself go and sound even better live than recorded.

Ghost Town performed their electro-pop music, and were completely active with the audience. Their energy was undeniable, and featured plenty of hits the fan base loved.

After a bit of a breather from heavier openers, I Killed The Prom Queen completely shattered the stage. For a group that has been on and off since 2005, they still had incredible energy. All the hits were there, plus choice cuts from their latest album (a highlight: “Calvert Street”). Fairly new vocalist Jamie Hope proved he is a more than capable of performing on a stage setting. Vocalist/guitarist Jona Weinhofen sounded pretty darn good, too.

Finally, the headliners were up. Issues were blistering from the start, with the aggressive but accessible “Sad Ghost” being their set opener. A fantastic light show, top notch vocals from Michael Bohn and Tyler Carter, and a nice spread of material from both releases made the set enjoyable. Plenty of sing along and interaction moments were there: especially during the emotional end chorus of the very personal single “Disappear (Remember When),” when the crowd sung loudly for the band to hear.

Since Issues are such a unique and off-the-wall band, it is anyone’s guess who the may tour with next. Whoever they choose, you can count on a solid and exciting performance.