Family Force 5’s Tour Stands Still with Born Cages rolled into Cleveland’s House Of Blues on October 26. The night turned into a giant dance party of 200 people once the quintet from the Dirty South made their way on the stage.
To begin the party was Columbus, Ohio’s Vesperteen. The band fit perfectly onto the bill with powerful vocals, loud drums and paramount guitars. The fact that lead singer would play an incomplete drum set while singing added to the band’s stage presence. Vesperteen only played four songs, which isn’t too surprising considering the band’s debut EP dropped last month. The band will be joining the tour for the next three dates in Columbus, Indianapolis and Grand Rapids.
Next was New York City’s Born Cages. The trio played off small technical difficulties which delayed the start of their set slightly by turning it into a joke, causing laughs to come from the audience. The only thing sweeter than the lollipops on the band’s merch table was how effortlessly it was for frontman Vlad Holiday to intertwine his impressive guitar solos with the band’s dance beats. Holiday pointed out two young girls in the crowd who sang every word to Born Cages’ eight-song set and dedicated their performance to them.
To end the night was Atlanta’s dance machines, Family Force 5. The setup itself was impressive considering how small the side room in the House Of Blues is. The quintet added their own personal touch here and there with microphones with red tops, a trampoline and a light show that went along with lead singer Jacob “Crouton” Olds’ crazy dance moves. There was a wide range of ages in the crowd. There were children and there were adults looking to be in their 50s, but everyone in the crowd appeared to know the words to the Family Force 5’s songs and the dances to “Sweep The Leg” and “Chainsaw.” The band told the crowd that they would be announcing a Christmas tour soon and next week their remix album, containing two new songs, would be out next week. (Coincidentally, one of the remixes was done by Vesperteen’s frontman Colin Rigsby.) The dance party ended with two encore songs including a new one titled “Sweatband” and a crowd favorite, “Chainsaw,” which Crouton brought out a chainsaw onto the stage.
Tour Stands Still has a few more stops left which you can find below:
10/27 COLUMBUS, OH- A AND R MUSIC BAR
10/28 INDIANAPOLIS, IN- DELUXE AT OLD NATIONAL CENTRE
10/29 GRAND RAPIDS, MI- THE INTERSECTION
10/30 NASHVILLE, TN- EXIT/IN
11/1 MINNEAPOLIS, MN- TRIPLE ROCK SOCIAL CLUB
11/2 CHICAGO, IL- BOTTOM LOUNGE