Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men, letlive., Issues Tour
by Zac Lomas, edited by Erik van Rheenen
It’s a bit difficult going through the holiday season when you no longer believe in a God. As much as Christmas is now a commercial holiday, it’s hard denying the religious undertones associated with the Yule season and while I’m not one to bash the beliefs of others, it’s simply not for me anymore. However, I do believe in music, and I do believe in the religious teachings of hardcore messiahs Every Time I Die. So forget going to mass on Christmas day, because the only way I can imagine celebrating Christmas is inside of a mosh pit, screaming along to the word of Keith Buckley; that is what church is supposed to feel like. That is faith.
Every Time I Die’s second night of their ninth annual Christmas show festivities opened up in a quintessentially Buffalo way, with classic hardcore rockers Wreckage bringing their brand of fast-paced, in-your-face old school punk. Comprised of former members of seminal Buffalo bands Buried Alive and It Dies Today, Wreckage brought out the most ravenous of the visibly mosh-hungry crowd, inciting a healthy pit inside of the packed venue.
After Wreckage ripped through their set, Kills and Thrills took things to the next level with what can only be described as the intersection of fiery Rock ‘n’ Roll and rowdy hardcore, both of which the quartet play with their amps cranked up to 11. The band ran through a selection of their own songs, including many off of their EP Our Lives, but Kills and Thrills’ breakneck rendition of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” really worked the already teaming crowd into a full-fledged frenzy. As vocalist/guitarist Chris Vetter climbed over every inch of the stage, spewing both visceral lyrics and a cloud of Pabst Blue Ribbon droplets into the air, the crowd responded with a combination of shouted lyrics and swinging arms.
It’s getting cold, which means two things: 1) your wallet has become thinner from buying band hoodies and/or crew necks and 2) there are some rad holiday tours coming up that you should be getting ready to go to. We decided to put together a new PropertyOfZack Discussion on all the “must see” tours going on this month, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!
The Wonder Years, Vinnie Caruana, Young Statues
It’s tours like this that make me miss living in the Northeast. If you live in West Chester, Poughkeepsie, Pawtucket or Patchogue, and you’re not going to one of these shows, I’ll make damn sure Santa gives you coal for Christmas for making a very poor decision. The Wonder Years are hitting the road for an acoustic string of shows with I Am The Avalanche vocalist Vinnie Caruana and indie-rock outfit Young Statutes, and they’re offering free cookies and hot chocolate if you wear an ugly Christmas sweater. Few things are better than being packed in an intimate venue with your favorite big-time band playing acoustically, but getting free food and rocking Grandma’s sweater while doing so throw it over the top. - Ali Killian
Saves The Day, Jon Simmons, Walter Schreifels
When the Saves the Day headliner ended earlier this year, it felt like we all just woke up from a really good dream. One of the underground’s most historically adored bands, bringing the deepest of cuts and hardest of jams, for two hours every single night? It couldn’t have been more of an ideal way to welcome Saves - and their new record - back into the circuit after a few years laying dormant. Seems like the band can’t get enough, either; their winter headliner, a two-week jog from the Midwest through the Northeast, will be just slightly stripped down into an acoustic full-band format. So what does this mean? Well, romantically enough, I’m envisioning something like a living room show, with a fireplace, hot chocolate, and all of your favorite people singing loudly along to the Bug Sessions. Except in a venue. With beer. And people that only look vaguely familiar because you’ve seen them at Saves shows before. But if we’re gauging by the audience camaraderie that oozed from the shows during the fall headliner, it’s going to be one hell of a unified room and someone will undeniably try to stage dive during an acoustic rendition of “Jodie.” Let’s also not forget to make it your business to get there early, as the tour support is solo sets from Jon Simmons of our beloved Balance & Composure and living legend Walter Schriefels (Google him, kids).
Do you still need convincing? I’ll put it this way for you, East Coast: if you live in a 2 hour radius of New York City you’ve got at least 4 chances to catch a date. If you’re a warm-blooded Saves the Day fan, you’d be remiss to skip out on this tour. - Adrienne Fisher
The Front Bottoms
Why feign excitement over new socks and sweaters when there’s a Front Bottoms Christmas show on the horizon? The group’s takeover of Bowery Ballroom happening just two days shy of Christmas is sure to be packed with good tunes and holiday cheer. While the band’s set is always a treat in and of itself, let’s cross our fingers and hope to hear some really early tracks, sort of like a gift from the band to our ears. But regardless of what they play, the show’s sure to be a good time. - Marie Scarsella
A Day To Remember, The Story So Far, Every Time I Die UK/EU Tour
PropertyOfZack is happy to have Every Time I Die and Norma Jean together for a new Playlist to finish up the summer. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
When I’m home from tour, relaxation is essential. There are no blast beats allowed and very rarely do songs exceed 100 bpms. Home life is slowed down dramatically. Here is my playlist for anyone out there looking to pet their dog while staring at the ceiling, washing dishes or reading a book. - Keith Buckley
From Ashes Rise - Reaction
The song that makes me want to drive fast. Everything by this band makes me want to drive fast. Also, my right foot makes me want to drive fast.
Blonde Redhead – Misery Is A Butterfly
The song I go to sleep to. It takes me forever to fall asleep. I can’t just pick one song. This record doesn’t help actually, but I listen to it anyway sometimes. Insomniac for life!
AC/DC – Highway To Hell *Song is not on Spotify
The song that makes me want to party . If you’re ever driving to a bar, hanging with your friends and it seems like the party is going south. Put on AC/DC ya big dummy! The ultimate party epinephrine shot!
Silversun Pickups – Rusted Wheel
The song that chills me out. From an amazing record. This song is one of those songs you skip to right away before you start the record over.
Hall and Oates – Private Eyes
The song I’ve currently got stuck in my head. It was on somewhere and now I wake up to it every morning in my head stereo. I don’t turn it off but I do know the secret to stopping a song in your head. End it. Even if you don’t know the ending. Make one up.
Billy Joel – You May Be Right
The song that makes me miss someone. My step dad died when I was 8. He was a bad ass policeman/biker/dad. He loved Billy Joel so I do now too.
Riot Fest Toronto kicks off this weekend, and PropertyOfZack is gearing up for a weekend of fun, and we hope many of you are too. Just in case you haven’t put together your schedule, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Artists that will be gracing the stage this weekend in Toronto. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re at the first day of Riot this weekend as well!
For a band that has yet to release a full-length record, Real Friends sure have their fair share of hype surrounding their effervescent brand of pop-punk. It’s safe to say that a fair portion of this hype is a result of their zealous live performances — Dan Lambton and company’s innate talent to bring out the most raucous of sing-a-longs has helped them dominate venues throughout the U.S., and they should bring this same energy to Toronto as they own the honor of kicking off the 2013 incarnation of Riot Fest.
While the large nature of Fort York’s festival grounds may limit the intimacy so inherent to Real Friends’ live show, odds are the Chicago quintet will rise to the occasion and deliver a lively performance to kick-start this marathon of a festival. - Zac Lomas
The Ghost Inside
The Ghost Inside is a sonic force to be reckoned with. Hailing from Los Angeles, the blistering five-piece is known for both high-energy live performances and their “leave it all on stage” mantra. The band, led by frontman Jonathan Vigil, has a knack for replicating studio recordings in a live setting, all while feeding off energetic crowds to create a period of hardcore bliss.
They’re passionate and simply ruthless when they blast through cuts from their three full-length offerings, including 2012’s breakthrough LP Get What You Give. Should Saturday night prove your first taste of The Ghost Inside, rest assured — you’re in for a treat. - Brandon Allin
Every Time I Die
Today I was asked, “Didn’t you just see them?” by a friend when I mentioned to her that I would be seeing Every Time I Die at the Toronto Riot Fest. My answer, of course, was yes, I did just see them.
However, the fact that I’ve seen the Buffalo rockers nine times in the past three years does not affect my decision to see them time and time again. Every Time I Die are masters of their craft and their live performances match this precision, while seamlessly mixing in nothing short of pure passion. With their strongest lineup to date and fifteen years of experience, Every Time I Die are the must-see act of Riot Fest’s day one. - Zac Lomas
A Day To Remember
Rising from grungy clubs in their hometown of Ocala, Florida to thunderous arenas across the globe, A Day To Remember is a special breed of band. Seemingly hell-bent on world domination, the pop-infused metalcore outfit brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “worth the price of admission.”
Making use of an excellent light show, colorful backdrops, humorous on-stage banter, and clever gags simply begging for audience participation (including but not limited to frontman Jeremy McKinnon toppling across the crowd in a human hamster ball), a live performance from the veteran five-piece is a sight to be seen. Tasked with closing out day one of Toronto’s second annual Riot Fest, all eyes will be on the boisterous, fun-loving quintet, and if you know what’s good for you, yours should be too. - Brandon Allin