Chapel is a two person band from Athens, Georgia. The band consists of vocals/guitarist Carter Hardin and drummer Kortney Grinwis. Chapel was the opening band for this tour and they gave it their all on stage. Carter sung his heart out and had the crowed jumping and clapping along to every song. Kortney kicked ass on drums, as soon as she started I was blown away. I’m surprised that she didn’t break a wrist with how hard she was going. I had the chance to speak with them after their set and they were some of the best people I’ve met, you could see on their face that they were happy to speak with everyone. While I had the chance to talk with them and ask them about anything coming up for them they mentioned they were releasing a new EP soon ‘Sunday Brunch’. I also spoke with Kortney and mentioned that I think she and Mike Fuentes the drummer of Pierce the Veil should have a drum off at some point during the tour; she was totally down, maybe we can convince Mike to go along with it or maybe he’s afraid to get out drummed by a girl we may never know. To give you an idea of their sound, if you like TOP or ISSUES then I think this would be a band you might like.
Emarosa is a post-hardcore band from Lexington, Kentucky. They were the second band to preform that night, and there isn’t enough words to describe the amount of energy in the room. As soon as the lead singer ran out on stage he jumped off the stage onto the barricade and begun the first song of their set that night. You think that one would be cautious of jumping off stage, not him he did it multiple times. At one point he pointed out a tall man in the back and had him come forward to the barricade, then proceeded to get onto his shoulders and have him walk around the crowd. Emarosa’s set was nonstop energy, people never stopped moving around and singing. After their set I had the chance to talk with their singer Bradley Walden at their merch table, he told me that after this tour they are going back into the studio to do some reimagining of previous work. When I asked if they planned to tour again this year he smiled and told me that nothing has been announced yet but to keep an eye out. After this show I haven’t stopped listening to their CD, I recommend listening to them or you might miss out on something amazing.
Sum 41 was up next that night, they performed a mix of their songs old and new including a partial cover of ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen. While I felt like they went from song to song taking very short pauses in between each song they did put on a great show. During their set I was up in the balcony and got to see all their pyrotechnics go off and might I say they did have a lot. Most show I’ve been to they might have them for two or three song, but for Sum 41 it seemed like five or six songs had the uses of some sort of special effect. My favorite part of the night is when the band performed ‘In Too Deep’ and got to watch how large the mosh pit got from up top. All in all I think they put on a great show.
Pierce the Veil was the headlining band of this tour and gave the best performance of theirs I’ve seen to date! They entered the stage with so much enthusiasm that I the crowed never stopped screaming. They didn’t perform their usual set list, this new set list included many songs from their recent album Misadventures. But don’t get me wrong they did perform some of their popular songs, such as King for a day, Caraphernelia and Bulls in the Bronx. Vic Fuentes their vocalist even gave the crowd an acoustic cover of the song Issues by Julia Micheals. The crowd never stopped moving, neither did Pierce the Veil’s bassist Jaime Preciado. That guy has so much energy, like can he give me some? Pierce the Veil always knows how to put on a show. Speaking of shows, Pierce the Veil will be performing at this year’s APMA’s where they are up for three awards: Album of the year, Artist of the year, and Song of the year. But don’t get upset if you missed them this time around, Pierce the Veil will be touring with Rise Against this fall.
Review/Photos by: Cheyenne Simmons