LIVE REVIEW/PHOTOS: I See Stars’ stripped-down Phases Tour rolls through Cleveland

photo: Deej Mix Photography

I See Stars’ Phases Tour with Alive In Standby and For The Win stopped in Cleveland, Ohio at the Agora Ballroom on October 7.

The night began with two local bands, Side Effect and Trusting Obscurity. Side Effect began the acoustic feel of the show while Trusting Obscurity played with a full band. Side Effect had a tablecloth on their merch table for attendees to sign—Devin Oliver from I See Stars signed it, too.

After the locals, I See Stars’ tourmates Alive In Standby and For The Win reignited the acoustic feel of the show. Alive In Standby had drums, keys and two acoustic guitars. Lead singer Chris Koo said that everyone was getting better from being sick, which you couldn’t tell from the sound of his voice. The band ended on a high note with a singalong for their song “18.” Next was For The Win who played with two acoustic guitars and their lead singer Kyle Christensen.

After For The Win was the headliner, I See Stars. Devin Oliver, Andrew Oliver, Jeff Valentine and Brent Allen from I See Stars were joined by Alive In Standby’s Chris Koo, Ben Wilkins and Jacob Burkey and Nick Scott with Jacob Halmich on cello. The group played all four cover songs off of Phases and ended with a powerful performance of “Murder Mitten” where about half of the people onstage left. The crowd sang along the whole time and Devin Oliver mentioned while onstage that he could finally hear everyone, since when ISS usually tours as a full band, they can’t hear anyone. There was a feeling of nostalgia in the room between the songs played off of I See Stars’ first album and Oliver telling the story of the band’s first out-of-state show being at Peabody’s in Cleveland. The crowd begged for one more song, but sadly didn’t receive it. According to the setlist, “Murder Mitten” was supposed to be the encore song, but there appeared to be no hesitation onstage before the song.

All photos by Deej Mix Photography.