Show Review: La Dispute, Balance & Composure, All Get Out, Sainthood Reps, Silver Snakes
April 5 @ Chain Reaction (Anaheim, CA)
As writers, we’re told to avoid first person and contractions – it comes off as amateur and unprofessional. I subscribe to the rule pretty heavily, but I could care less at the moment. I had an absolute blast at the Wildlife tour, and I’d like to excitedly rant about how much fun it was.
There’s no need for in-depth explanations for what was so enjoyable; these are all buzzing bands, who all have great releases, and are all known for their live shows. The package delivered in exactly the way I expected, in exactly the way I wanted it to. 5 fantastic rock bands went on stage, did their thing, and showed why they deserve the commendations they regularly receive.
As the only local opener, Silver Snakes kicked things off and definitely left their mark. A perfect lead-off for the four-band tour package, the band’s brand of hardcore fit well within The Wave (or whatever you want to call this movement). Audiences are barely required to acknowledge openers these days, but the entire crowd was attentive and pleased with what they heard. I would be surprised if the band didn’t walk away with quite a few new fans.
I'll be the first to admit that I've slept on Sainthood Reps, much to the chagrin of the AP.net community. After their set, I found their merch guy (sportin’ an awesome Davey Crockett ‘coon hat) and bought Monoculture on vinyl, along with my billionth band, despite pleas from my fiancée to cool it on the tees. There’s no better testament to how I feel about a band than me opening my wallet after your set. So yeah, I liked them.
Going in, I would have never predicted All Get Out to be my favorite band of the night, but I just couldn’t get enough of what they were selling. The passionate, grassroots vibe worked wonders, resulting in a high-energy show from the obvious veterans. They were my least known band going in, and the band I was most psyched on by the end. Those synchronized woos in “Lucky Bastard” would have made it the most memorable song of the evening had vocalist/guitarist Nathan Hussey not belted out the finale sans microphone to a perfectly silent audience.
I’ve had Separation on repeat for months, and was excited to see what Balance & Composure could do live. I wasn’t disappointed. I heard every one of my favorite tracks from their No Sleep Records LP, and witnessed an absurd amount of stage diving and pandemonium. The crowd was in full-force as “Quake” and “I Tore You Apart In My Head” slammed through the amps, making for a fun (if not violent) vibe. Again I found myself scurrying over to merch, grabbing the LP for a great $10.
Oh yeah, and La Dispute headlined, and were as earth-shatteringly good as always. They’re the best young band out there, and they haven’t even hit their stride yet.
Again, what a great night. I couldn’t have had more fun. View the remaining dates here, and don't miss out.