The American Lines tour made a stop at The Rave in Milwaukee on Friday, March 25 for a night filled with nostalgia and good music.
Brennan Smiley of the Technicolors opened up the show with a short set, with just him and his guitar playing Technicolors songs. Although the set wasn’t full band, Smiley did incredibly well on his own, keeping all eyes on him. I’ve seen The Technicolors quite a few times in the last year and I would have to say that this set has stood out from the rest of them in the best of ways.
The Maine took the stage after him, opening with a full band version (as opposed to the acoustic version that they’ve been playing live for a while) Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop‘s “Into Your Arms,” which had the whole room swooning. Next, they played “Don’t Stop Now” followed by the title track off their latest release, American Candy. The Maine is always so much fun to watch perform and they make every show seem more special than the last. What I love about them is that they always keep it simple and fun. Although I was a little bummed out by the crowd, as most of them stood there for the hour-long set and didn’t really move at all, the set was great. The most memorable moment of the evening was when Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade came out to join The Maine and Brennan Smiley for a cover of “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals. during their hour-long set, they pulled songs from all over their discography, ending their set perfectly with “Another Night On Mars.”
Mayday Parade took the stage last, bringing in the largest crowd of the night. I haven’t listened to Mayday Parade probably since I was 12, but their fanbase has grown immensely in the last 10 years. The second their intro track began, there was a deafening roar from the crowd. They opened with “One of Them Will Destroy the Other” off of their latest release, Black Lines, followed by A Lesson In Romantics‘ “Jamie All Over” and “When You See My Friends” off 2011’s self-titled album. I haven’t seen Mayday Parade in a while, so it was a complete surprise to see them play songs like “Three Cheers For Five Years”, “I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About” and “Black Cat” off their older releases along with new ones like “Keep In Mind, Transmogrification Is A New Technology”, “Hollow” and “Let’s Be Honest”. They closed out the night with an encore consisting of “Kids In Love” and “Jersey”.