Escape the Fate stopped in Indianapolis this past Saturday night giving me a chance to see them for the second time and also snap a few shots. The first time I saw them live they had opened up for Papa Roach and the room was completely full of people and this time, it was so different. They played at a smaller venue and to a smaller crowd than from the first time I saw them and when I say it was the time of my life, that is not an understatement. Craig Mabbitt is probably one of the best vocalists to watch on stage, hands down. His energy and drive to connect with everyone in the room is beyond anything I can say I have seen before. As a whole, it felt like this time seeing them with a smaller crowd there was more of a connection to the music and what was really being portrayed through it. This band puts on a great freaking show and always seems to make you feel seen, even if they aren’t pointing right at you. They made me feel at home just as much in that room as they have when I have listened to them in the car. There was nothing but smiles, fun, and great music the entire set, leading everyone to cheer for an encore in which they played, “One for the Money,” and I won't lie to you, I screamed every word at the top of my lungs. Honestly, to me it is bands like this who can get up on stage and actually have fun themselves and be able to interact as much as they can with everyone in the crowd, especially at these smaller more intimate shows, that keep this scene alive. This scene is, was and will always be built from a foundation of bands who have music that can always make you feel at home. It is bands like Escape the Fate, that have inspired a lot of local bands in so many different areas, to continue that legacy. It was honestly such an honor to be able to watch, capture, and be apart of a night where I felt at home in a room full of people I didn’t even know, just because we were all singing along to the same words that one time or another made us feel a little less alone.
Photo and Review by Cass Martin