Concert Reviews: Moose Blood & Knuckle Puck

I went to see Moose Blood and Knuckle Puck and wanted to dedicate this week’s blog post about my experience seeing both shows.

Moose Blood @ The Stone Pony

I attended the Moose Blood concert on Saturday March 17 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NY. Opening for Moose Blood on the “North America 2018” tour were Lydia and McCafferty.

The Stone Pony was intimate and small but wide. I like the fact anywhere you stood, you were able to see the stage. The venue is located in a beach town and holds 1,000 people. The Stone Pony is a venue that held music legends Bruce Springsteen, John Bon Jovi, and many more.

I’ve never seen any of these bands live. The first group to take the stage was McCafferty. I’ve never heard of McCafferty and didn’t know what to expect from the group. The crowd went wild for the group and there was a mosh pit that opened up during the performance. McCafferty put on a good performance, and I will check out their music in the future.

Lydia took the stage after McCafferty and had a completely different vibe from McCafferty. Lydia has interesting electronic instrumental which was a nice variation from both Moose Blood and McCafferty. Lydia reminds me of a mix of Vinyl Theatre and Copeland. Lydia is a band I’m definitely getting into after seeing their live set.

After Lydia, Moose Blood took the stage. Here is the setlist:

  1. Talk In Your Sleep
  2. Honey
  3. Bukowski
  4. Glow
  5. You Left In The Worst Way
  6. Gum
  7. Pups
  8. Cherry
  9. Pastel
  10. Just Outside
  11. I Hope You’re Missing Me
  12. Sway
  13. Have I Told You Enough
  14. Swim Down
  15. Shimmer
  16. Can We Stay Like This
  17. Knuckles
  18. It’s Too Much

Eddy Brewerton, vocalist of Moose Blood, had laryngitis making his voice very strained, but I love the fact that Moose Blood performed regardless of being ill. When Brewerton would struggle, he’d hold his throat. Brewerton struggled and continued the show despite his vocals not being as prominent. All the fans were singing along loudly when Eddy asked which made the show intimate.

I love the fact the lights on the stage changed colors based on the songs. When Moose Blood would play a song off of I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore the lights were blue, when a song was performed on Blush, the lights were pink. The lights were the same colors of I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time’s album artwork. It was unique to see the details.

I hope to see Moose Blood in the future and hear Eddy Brewerton’s live vocals. Moose Blood announced a tour in Australia with Movements opening. Tickets and tour information about upcoming Moose Blood shows can be found here.


Knuckle Puck @ Revolution Bar

I attended the Knuckle Puck concert on Tuesday March 20 at Revolution Bar in Amityville, NY. Opening for Knuckle Puck were Boston Manor, Hot Mulligan, Free Throw, and Jetty Bones. In the past, I’ve seen Knuckle Puck and Boston Manor perform.

I’ve been to Revolution Bar for shows for prior performances (All Time Low’s acoustic performance and The Holiday Show which had State Champs, Transit, Broadside, and Rarity) and knew the venue fairly well. The venue holds approximately 500 people.

The first band to take the stage was Jetty Bones. Jetty Bones had a cool vibe which was whimsical and vulnerable. I enjoyed the fact that in between songs, it sounded like the songs all transitioned together with the helps of the instrumentals. While the vocalist was drinking water, the drummer would hit the side of the drum with his stick, the guitars would play out the last note and tune the guitar. It was nice to hear, and I purchased two CDs after the set.

The second band that performed after Jetty was Michigan natives, Hot Mulligan. I knew a few of Hot Mulligan’s songs from checking out the group months ago. The group’s sound live is similar to it’s discography which is pop punk.

Free Throw, from Nashville, TN, played after Hot Mulligan. What I found pleasing about Free Throw is that to vocalist sang more from his throat. The vocals were raspy which added to the high intensity instrumentals. They’re a band I’m definitely checking out after seeing the performance.

Boston Manor was a crowd favorite as an opening band. The crowd pushed closer to the stage and had a huge mosh pit and crowd surfers. The venue is small that when a crowd surfer gets close to the stage, the crowd surfer is able to stand on the stage with the group. Boston Manor is from the UK, and during Boston Manor’s set, I heard Henry Cox’s accent peak through. Boston Manor has yet to disappoint.

After the four openers, Knuckle Puck took the stage. Here is Knuckle Puck’s setlist:

  1. Double Helix
  2. Wall To Wall (Depreciation)
  3. Disdain
  4. Everyone Lies To Me
  5. Poison Pen Letter
  6. Evergreen
  7. Bedford Falls
  8. Want Me Around
  9. Gone
  10. Fences
  11. No Good
  12. Untitled
  13. Conduit
  14. Pretense
  15. But Why Would You Care?
  16. Plastic Brains
  17. Stateside *ENCORE*

It was Knuckle Puck’s first time playing at Revolution Bar, and the crowd is what made it special. Knuckle Puck never fails to put on a great show, and the crowd’s enthusiasm and energy was amplified in the venue. There were circle pits, crowd surfers, and people singing along to the set. This was my eight time seeing Knuckle Puck perform and it’s safe to say it will not be my last.

In other news, the lineup for Lollapalooza has been announced (tickets and tour information can be found here,) John O’ Callaghan is releasing a book full of his favorite tweets, Underoath released the music video for “Rapture,” Hawthorne Heights released the music video for “Just Another Ghost,” Hot Mulligan released Pilot, and a congratulations is in order for Panic! At The Disco. Panic! At The Disco’s album Vices & Virtues is certified gold. In addition, Panic! At The Disco announced a new album Pray For The Wicked releasing two tracks “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” and “(F*** a) Silver Lining.” Panic! At The Disco announced a tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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New Music & Music Videos

There have been new music and music videos released by a variety of bands including Moose Blood, Grayscale, Senses Fail, and more. Learn more about new music release for this week.

Moose Blood released a new single “Have I Told You Enough.” The latest single will be on the group’s upcoming album I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore. Along with the new song, the song released with a music video directed by Lewis Cater. The music video is a bit obscure and futuristic but entertaining.

The Ready Set released a new song “Life In Pink.” Along with the new song, The Ready Set will release V1 on March 16.

Wage War released a music video for the song “Johnny Cash.” The song is stripped down with simplistic lighting and intimate feel. The original song is off of Wage War’s latest album Deadweight.

Grayscale released a music video for their song “Forever Yours.” The video is directed by Jordan Mizrahi.

Hot Mulligan released another single “The Soundtrack To Missing A Slam Dunk” which can be heard on No Sleep Records’ Soundcloud.

Blessthefall released a new song “Wishful Sinking” which will be off of the upcoming album Hard Feelings. The album is set to release March 23, 2018 via. Rise Records.

Senses Fail debuted If There is Light, It Will Find You February 16, 2018 via. Pure Noise Records. The album features singles “Double Cross,” “Gold Jacket, Green Jacket…” and “New Jersey Makes, The World Takes.”

Car Seat Headrest released a re-recording of Twin Fantasy which releases today!

Lastly, Waterparks released a new music video this week.

Which song or music video is your favorite from this week?

In other news, the lineup for Reading & Leeds Festival got announced with Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, Nothing But Thieves to name a few groups that are publicly performing at the festival. Hawthorne Heights, The Wonder Years, and Sum 41 announced headline tours across the United States (for ticket and tour information, click on the band names.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

New Single “Distant” by Sleep On It

Chicago natives Sleep On It released their new single “Distant” earlier this week. “Distant” is the first single released off of Overexposed which is set to debut on Nov. 3 via. Equal Vision Records.

The pop punk group formed in 2012 and since released their first EP Everything, All At Once independently. Sleep On It released two EPs after and had additional producers including State Champs vocalist Derek DiScanio and Seth Henderson (Knuckle Puck, Real Friends.) Overexposed is Sleep On It’s first official full length studio album under Equal Visions Records.

Vocalist Zech Pluister has a rasp to his voice similar to Jason Lancaster of Go Radio and Mayday Parade. If you have yet to check out Sleep On It, what are you waiting for? Check out another song by them, “See You Around.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

The Release of ‘Paradise’ by Broadside

Known for songs like “Coffee Talk” and “Storyteller,” Broadside has been taking the music scene by storm since their release of their first album Old Bones. The Virigina natives have toured with Real Friends, Forever Came Calling, State Champs, and many more bands. Broadside played at the 2016 Vans Warped Tour and went from a small stage to playing main stage in Las Vegas. It’s safe to say that they’ve grown to a bigger stage for a reason.

Broadside released Paradise, their second full length album, today. The singles released prior to the album were: “Puzzle Pieces,” “Hidden Colors,” “Paradise,” and most recently “Laps Around A Picture Frame.” Here is their track list:

  1. Hidden Colors
  2. Paradise
  3. Lose Your Way
  4. Disconnect
  5. Laps Around A Picture Frame
  6. Who Cares?
  7. Tunnel Vision
  8. Summer Stained
  9. Miss Imperius
  10. Puzzle Pieces
  11. I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting

The album was exactly what I anticipated it to be. It was piggybacking off of Old Bones with songs like “Lose Your Way” and “Tunnel Vision”. This album showed growth with songs like “Laps Around A Picture Frame” and “Paradise.” Broadside did a great job with sticking to what they know, but bringing a fresh sound to the album. I liked the fact that instrumetally the group added the whistle and ukelele. Vocally, it was great to hear Dorian Cook’s vocals and hear Oliver Baxxter’s voice more vulnerable, especially in “I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting.” The vocals are powerful and the messages behind the songs shows concepts of finding your own paradise and empowerment. It’s a great album. I want to congratulation Oliver Baxter, Niles Gregory, Pat Diaz, and Dorian Cooke for putting out one of the best albums for the summer. This album was exactly what I anticipated it to be. It had the right dose of pop punk and such a great piece of work.

If you haven’t checked out Broadside yet, I highly recommend checking out their music. I’ve seen Broadside perform with State Champs in the “Home For The Holidays” tour, at the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, with Forever Came Calling on a fall tour, and recently with Real Friends. I can’t wait to see them tour again and play more songs off of Paradise.

Broadside is nominating in this year’s Alternative Press Music Awards in the category of “Best Underground Band.”

What’s your favorite song off of Paradise? I’ve been loving “Laps Around a Picture Frame,” “Miss Imperius,” and “I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting.” Let me know what’s your favorite by tweeting to me @ovictoriamedia.

 

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My pre-order of Paradise


In other news, A Day To Remember announced a tour across the United States with Moose Blood and Wage War (tickets and tour information can be found here,) The Maine announced a tour across the United States with Night Riots and Dreamers (tickets and tour information can be found here,) PVRIS released a new song “What’s Wrong” via. YouTube. Hands Like Houses released a new song “Drift” and announced signing to Hopeless Records.  Silverstein debuted “Lost Positives.” Also, this week the 10th anniversary for Paramore’s album Riot! and There For Tomorrow’s album A Little Faster had its 8 year anniversary.

 

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

“okay.USA” Tour and More Tours Announced This Week!

Here are additional tours that were announced this week!

  1. As It Is announced their first headlining tour, “okay.USA” across North America. Roam and Grayscale will be opening for the group. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  2. Good Charolette will be touring Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil in Europe. More dates are waiting to be announced. Tickets and dates are here.
  3. Muse, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and PVRIS released they’ll be touring across North America. Tickets and tour dates are here.
  4. Blink 182 will be headlining a spring tour with The Naked and Famous and Wavves across the United States. Tickets are available here.
  5. The lineup for the “When We Were Young” festival was announced earlier this week including: Taking Back Sunday, Cage The Elephant, AFI, Silversun Pickups, and more. Tickets can be purchased here.

In other news, As It Is released the music video for “Hey Rachel,” Pierce The Veil released the music video for “Floral and Fading,”Panic! At The Disco’s album Death Of A Bachelor went platinum, and Panic! At The Disco performed live on Ellen (you can see the performance of “Death Of A Bachelor” here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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