Words by Sean Gonzalez
Denver, Colorado was graced with an incredible show of gifted musicians on January 26th. The Friday primetime show featured Tonight Alive, Silverstein & Picturesque. This tour package features bands with incredibly hook friendly tracks, not afraid to bring an edge with screams or distortion as well. The package is part of the ‘Get Free Tour.’ Unfortunately, Broadside was not able to make the show.
To open, Picturesque crushed through their set with a vivid and high soaring vocal performance from Kyle Hollis. For a long time people who had seen the act live had confirmed that those extremely high range notes were performed live, and it did not disappoint. Musically the band’s sound was extraordinary, giving a bit more of a raw feel to the songs off their Equal Vision Records debut, Back to Beautiful. On the album some songs come off a bit overproduced but live they pack a more distinctive punch, especially with crushing singles “New Face” and “Monstrous Things.” This set absolutely blew me away.
Silverstein came on next with an explosion of energy. Their set was quick to start slamming through high octane singles with plenty of moments that sent the crowd into waves of head banging. Silverstein have been supporting their latest Rise Records release Dead Reflection, with lead single and song “Ghost” showcasing the incredible writing ability of a band who have been playing music together for 17 years. “My Heroine” had the entire crowd singing along, starting off with an acoustic guitar only and blasting into a full band beatdown with an orchestra of voices accompanying. This was the second time I have seen Silverstein in about three years and they still impress with their amazing stamina and passion.
Tonight Alive headlined and kicked off immediately into their infectiously catchy set of songs, performing a good amount from their latest chart topping record, Underworld. But before the band dove into those songs they They also ripped through previous singles “How Does It Feel?,” “Lonely Girl” & “The Ocean.” Then the band’s recent acclaimed release shined on stage with “Crack My Heart” & “Disappear” reigning as the most memorable moments. The entire band looked beyond ecstatic to be performing, with vocalist Jenna McDougall smiling the entire performance. Her acrobatic style of singing doesn’t hinder her incredible range, running through the whole set and ending with the heavy “Temple.” What an incredible end to an awesome lineup. Catch the rest of the tour!
1/30 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades *
1/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims *
2/1 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues *
2/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent *
2/3 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl *
2/5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee *
2/6 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre *
2/8 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall *
2/9 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey *
2/10 – Houston, TX @ White Oak *
2/12 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham *
2/13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room *
2/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
2/16 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground *
2/17 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club *
2/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
2/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents *
2/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage *
2/23 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot *
2/24 – Chicago, IL @ Concord *
2/26 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
2/27 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
2/28 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza *
3/1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls *
* Tonight Alive & Silverstein Co-Headline tour