Words and Photos by Amber James
In the Rochester music scene, about once or twice a year we get something that’s similar to a second or early Christmas for metal fans. That something is a Sirens and Sailors home show and, having worked with them since 2010, I knew I needed to document how special the night was for everyone involved. Arriving at Water Street Music Hall a few hours before doors, the guys were in the process of setting up their gear and merch. Doug was on stage setting up his drums while Jimm, Steve and Todd were on guitar/bass duty and Kyle, being the merch king he is, setting up the display by the doors.
Soon after I arrived, the local supporting bands began loading in as the guys made the final tune-ups to their gear before sound check. Of course this also included Steve and Todd’s antics such as country dancing with their instruments and Todd hamming it for the camera as per usual. With everything set, they began their sound check with a play through of ‘Go For The Throat’ which would be their opening song. Heading up to the balcony to grab some full stage photos, I watched as nearly every single band member loading in stopped what they were doing to watch how dynamic their performance was, even at sound check.
After sound check, Kyle went back to finish up merch where he’d also hidden his homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwich as a snack while the rest of the guys headed back to the green room. Meanwhile, Jimm and I decided to adventure out and find some food with some fans from New Jersey who had already arrived. We instantly hit it off as they recognized me from Instagram and the photos I had taken of Sirens and Sailors in the past. Heading over to World Wide News for some food (where someone thought my camera shutter was the sound of gun shots somehow), we had to convince the guy to actually make us subs. While waiting for him that’s when I noticed one of the fans had hand painted shoes with the artwork for their most recent album, ‘Rising Moon:Setting Sun’.
Heading back to the venue, doors had been opened and the line stretched down the sidewalk as fans waited to get in. Going backstage, friends and family had already started to arrive and hang out back in the green room. One thing that the guys always pride themselves on is their dedication to family, friends and fans. As the the show went on, the room started to be packed out by girlfriends, friends and family. It also happened to be Jimm’s birthday that day so everybody was in full celebration mode. Despite that, I still managed to get a few quick portraits in with some of the guys.
Once it came time for them to hit the stage, they hit with full force opening with ‘Go For The Throat’ off their previous full length, Skeletons. Almost immediately, you were hit full force with the sheer energy of their live performance as Kyle commands the stage with his vocal performance paired with the complex guitar licks from Todd and Jimm. Ripping through a few more songs from their newest full length as well their previous one, they took a break so the whole crowd could sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Jimm. Donning sunglasses provided by a crowd member, Jimm convinces Kyle to do some shots of whiskey on stage. For the rest of the set, it seemed like Kyle was in the crowd and on the barricade as much as he was on stage with the rest of the band.
Pausing the show only once more to dedicate a song to Jon Reed, their best friend, who had unexpectedly passed away recently, they closed out their set with fan favorite, You & Die. Almost as soon as they had left the stage, the packed venue started the chant for an encore and the guys quickly returned to the stage. The first song ‘Fear No Evil’, was off their debut full length, ‘Still Breathing.’ I quickly ran up to the balcony to grab some full stage photos as I knew Kyle would be leaping into the crowd soon. Closing out the encore with another song, they climbed off stage to hug those by the barricade as everyone else flooded to buy merch. With one of the most memorable shows of the year coming to a close, I grabbed a few more post show photos and then packed up my gear to get some much needed sleep.
Sirens and Sailors will be heading out on tour supporting Escape the Fate starting on Thursday and their live show is definitely not one to be missed.
Hate Me Tour W/ Escape the Fate, A Skylit Drive, Sworn In and Myka Relocate
10/9 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre*
10/10 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville News*
10/13 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
10/14 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/15 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
10/16 Sacramento, CA @ Boardwalk
10/17 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/18 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/19 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
10/22 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
10/23 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
10/24 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
10/25 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/26 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
10/28 Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon*
10/29 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
10/30 New York, NY @ Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
10/31 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
11/1 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
11/2 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
11/3 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/5 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
11/6 Houston, TX @ Walters
11/7 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
11/8 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
11/9 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
11/10 El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
11/11 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
11/12 Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
11/13 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/14 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
11/15 San Diego, CA @ Soma
11/17 Albuquerque, NM @ The CO-OP**
11/19 Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom**
* Sworn In/Sirens & Sailors only
** Sworn In/Sirens & Sailors/Myka Relocate only