Anonymous asked: omfg I just got an email for my fourth blog birthday hahah
Haha I had no idea they sent out emails now! I usually kept track, but it just slipped my mind this year. It was February 27th so I’m pretty late, whoops :/
February 26th: Pittsburgh, PA - The Altar Bar
My 3rd show of 2014, was thanks to the Reunion Tour featuring We Are The In Crowd, William Beckett, Set It Off, State Champs, and Candy Hearts. The tour made it’s way to Pittsburgh on February 26, and took place at The Altar Bar. This was Watic’s second run on the Reunion tour, the first taking place in the UK with Neck Deep. This tour is the launch of their latest release Weird Kids which gained it’s highest position at #16 on the American itunes charts.
The brisk western PA weather didn’t stop concert go-ers from waiting outside the venue numbers of hours before doors on this Wednesday afternoon; I being one of them. We Are The In Crowd haven’t played in Pittsburgh for 2 years, and we were happy to welcome them back. Throughout the wait, band and crew members parked their vehicles next to the venue and made their way to and from the former church, just making everyone that much more eager to get the night started. Shortly after 6, kids were let into the Altar Bar and the fun filled night with good music and friends was about to commence.
Candy Hearts were the first to play, opening their set with “Michigan”, followed shorty with their most popular songs, “Miles & Interstates”, and ending with “Bad Idea”. The Best Ways To Disappear is their current EP, and before headed out on tour, they were in the studio recording their newest LP with Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory. Which is likely not to be a let down, not to mention their loads of support from other musicians in the genre already. For being the least popular act on the tour, they still had some fans signing along and will hopefully gain a handful more after this tour.
Next up were State Champs, who got the first crowd surfers of the night. Starting things off playing “Prepare To Be Noticed”, their wasn’t a pair of feet in front of the stage not jumping. Within the first song of the set, kids could already tell that it was going to be difficult to stay still. The set list consisted of songs from their latest release The Finer Things. State Champs have played in Pittsburgh numerous times before, opening for bands like Bayside, Motion City Soundtrack, etc; but I wouldn’t be surprised if this was their most energetic crowd in the Steel City. The set list continued with their hits including, “Hard To Please” and ending the night with “Elevated”. The band will also be playing this year’s Vans Warped Tour so that is something that I wouldn’t recommend missing.
Set It Off graced the stage shortly after, and their performance was unlike any I’ve seen before. Instead of the usual jibber jabber from song to song, they had “dramatics” instead. Which consisted of frontman Cody Carson perfectly depicting a story of lovers throughout the set; a colorful tale of love, loss, and rage. SIO didn’t miss a beat, starting the set with “Kill The Lights”. And of course a Set it Off show isn’t complete until you have Cody walking on top of kids like he did during “I’d Rather Drown”. Finishing with “Partners In Crime”, and also the end of their cinematic story, the crowd was satisfied. This is the first time SIO have portrayed a “play like” story on tour, and I’m hoping not their last because it left me and others wanting more.
Next, William Beckett put on an acoustic one man set with his “band in a box” also known as his laptop. Starting off with “Compromising Me”, the crowd was in store for the most mellow performance of the night. That didn’t cease anyone from having a good time, not to mention restoring some much needed energy for later. William’s lively commentary in between also made for one hell of a filler. After his first song, he exited the stage and came back to the sound of his intro music which just so happened to be from Harry Potter. Cody Carson of Set It Off also took the stage with him at one point to sing a song with William they “wrote” the night before; a rendition of Destiny’s Child’s “Jumpin’ Jumpin’”. The set concluded with “Benny & Joon” and the night wasn’t over yet.
And finally We Are The In Crowd! Or no….. not yet…..wait for it…..more waiting…. and even more. Unfortunately, due to some technical difficulties, Watic didn’t hit the stage until later in the night, which caused the set list to be shortened. That didn’t stop them from pumping up the crowd with their opening song “The Best Thing” which was their first single from their newest release. Even though with another minor technical problem of Jordan’s microphone not working for the first few songs, they didn’t lose composure for a second. The set consisted of songs new and old, and even with the time restrictions, they still interacted with the crowd. At one point they challenged an audience member to eat a whole pizza during a song, which he didn’t exactly master. The night went on with “Windows In Heaven” which pulled at the heartstrings of many. They ended with “Attention” and still had time for an encore afterall. Even after they left the stage for good, the crowd was louder than ever. Which just proves that although mistakes happen, music will always conquer.
So yet again, another concert for the storybooks. I can’t wait to hear more from each band of the night and wish them all luck on future endeavors and the rest of the Reunion Tour! If you have a chance to check it out, don’t pass it up. It will be one to remember. - Rachel of fymusicfanart :)