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Show Review: All Time Low, Mayday Parade, The Maine, Every Avenue
10/18/08 at 01:06 AM by livelearnlove
This is my first show critique so try not to be too harsh.

Now, I'm intending on writing this blog with the most sincere lack of bias.
If you disagree with my opinion, that is more then welcome and (constructive?)criticism is appreciated.

Onto the show.

Pregame:
I received two tickets for the event from my friend as an early birthday gift.
Arriving at the venue a bit prior before doors were scheduled, I found myself swamped.
Enamored teen girls and parents were arriving in droves.
After snaking through a nauseatingly long line, I entered the venue and waited for the opening act.


Every Avenue:
Now, I've only heard of two things from this band.
Their single, Where Were You, and their "Pump Jump" video.
The single is catchy, I'll give them that.
I figured this brand of pacifier pop-punk would go well with the crowd in attendance.

The first thing I noticed was that the mixing was terribly off.
Drums, Bass, and Vocals were relatively right;
Guitar were NOT cutting through at all.

The next issue came up with crowed interaction.
Speaking in generalizations...
If the majority of your fan-base is young girls with their parents in tow, would you cuss profusely?
I'm sure it's extremely important to spout the work 'Fuck' as chronically as you miss your pitch but I'm pretty sure these guys lost out on a lot of sales due to their stage demeanor.

Besides all these issues, the band played a decent performance.
Good movement on stage.
When the singers were in pitch, the harmonies came out well.
Overall, a decent set.

Final Verdict: 6.0/10

The Maine:
Next up, we have The Maine.

The Maine were a step-up from where Every Avenue left off.
Instruments was on-point.
Vocalist was overall accurate with his melodies.
On-stage action was more or less as energetic as the prior band.

In all honestly though, I'm pretty sure they played the same song three times.

Final Verdict: 7.0/10


Mayday Parade:


In my opinion, here we have the highlight of the night.

I'm pretty familiar with Mayday.
I've spun ' A Lesson In Romantics ' my fair share of times and was impressed by what I heard.
Their live-show solidified those feelings.

Each member gave their all.
As far as stage movement, these guys threw it down.
However, doing the same guitar over your head every 4 bars gets annoying guys.
Mix it up a bit.
The lead guitarist did an extremely good job with his parts.
Good use of improvisation as well.
Nice sense of interaction with the crowd.
Also, the extension of ' Jersey ' as the closer was the perfect way to go out.

I only have one thing I'd like to note on.
The band seemed to have worked well covering ex-member Jason Lancaster's parts.
One member was unfortunately always off though.
Whenever he would step up to sing his part, a thin falsetto would slip out and it took away from the overall experience.
Let the other members cover the higher range, they did a fine job at it.

As a whole though, they did well.

Final Verdict: 8.5/10


All Time Low:


Alas, the headlining act.

All Time Low is a hit or miss band.
If you listen to newer pop-punk music, these guys have your ticket.
They have all the elements necessary in order to really break the mainstream.
However, if you're not into teen love and summer anthems, this is not for you.

As for their set, they did well.
Instrumentally, everyone flowed together seamlessly.
There was something though that I had a really big issue with.

Vocals.

If a note is out of your range, don't record it.
This will save you the embarrassment of having your crowd sing it for you.
Also, if you're going to have pre-recorded background vocals, make sure your singers are by your mic when they go off.
Seriously.

Final Verdict: 7.5/10



Closing Remarks:


If you're into any of these artist, by all means, go to this tour.
Everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves to the fullest.
There wasn't a dull moment in the crowd between all the dancing and sing-a-longs.
I'm just thankful I didn't pay for my ticket

xxx
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Tired and Uninspired
10/16/08 at 11:10 PM by livelearnlove
Anxiety tends to flirt with me at this hour.

Searching for excuses to be productive,
I only find procrastination.

What I'm waiting for won't manifest till mid-november.
I only hope it's the catalyst I've been praying for.

How will I bide my time till then?

xxx
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Re: Blog Action Day
10/15/08 at 08:25 PM by livelearnlove
I decided to put up an older entry I have from my personal blogspot up for view for today.
Hope it provokes some sort of thought....


Reality tastes best when stomached with a light heart.

"First impressions are often the truest ..."
This quote should be edited to conclude as follows;
"... at least until a recent fallout. "

Bitter Comments?
Check.
Overzealous Grudges?
Check.
Burnt Bridges?
Check and mate.

Are friends forgotten as fast as friends forget you?

Take the time to appreciate.
Flowers smell best after rain.

xxx
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Fresh Start!
10/13/08 at 09:50 PM by livelearnlove
I find myself migrating away from my online journal more and more as of late.
I'll gradually bring over older entries of writings into here.

Eventually, I'll exclusively update everything on here.

Step One in organizing myself?
I think so.

xxx
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