SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 BY CHAD VERGINE
Held at the F Shed in Syracuse
N.Y., I was kind of skeptical of this venue until I got there. The
F Shed is like a big warehouse or, like its name, a shed. A huge shed,
in fact, but really nice inside. So, like me, don’t judge the
place until you actually see it, because it’s actually a really
good venue for a concert.
There were eleven local
area bands, and they all sounded pretty good. So all you concert promoters
out there looking for some good opening acts for future shows, check
out the list of local bands that kicked @$$ on this show. You really
can’t go wrong with any of them.
First on the main stage
was Another Lost Year. This is a really good up-and-coming band. Their
singles are getting a lot of airplay on XM Octane. Their sound check
went a little longer than they wanted, so they had to cut their set
a little short, but this band still rocked the place. They connected
and played to the crowd really well.
Next up was a band I knew
nothing about, but now I know very well. Allele took the main stage
second. Front man Wally Wood has endless energy. I think he stood
on the rail and sang with the crowd for half his performance.
Girl On Fire is now the
third band to play on the main stage. Their current single, “The
Takedown,” is really hot. These guys put on a great live performance.
During one song, singer Austin Held’s mic went dead, which prompted
him to slam it on the ground in frustration. He then grabbed another
mic and hit the next note right on cue.
Mindset Evolution was the
fourth band to play the main stage. Their current single, “Burn
It Down,” is also played a lot on XM Octane. These guys won
Battle Of The Bands in 2012, and they have really grown since a year
ago when they were on the Uproar Festival. ME put in a really good
Devour The Day was the
fifth band to grace the main stage. Former Egypt Central members Joey
Chicago and Blake Allison make up half the band. Their current single,
“Good Man,” is in heavy rotation on the radio. I forgot
how much energy these guys have. Insane! They will be touring with
Hinder later this year so make sure you go and check them out.
One of my favorite up and
coming bands that were a late addition to this show’s lineup
were slated in the sixth spot on the main stage. Otherwise took the
stage next and brought the house down. Otherwise is one of the best
live bands you could see. I love watching Adrian and the boys rock
it. If you have never seen Otherwise, all I can say is what the hell
are you waiting for? Adrian just connects with the crowd and pulls
you in. Bassist Vassilios and Guitarist Andrew were so energized,
I think they drank a whole case of Red Bull or something before the
show. Vassilios even jumped in the crowd and played bass around all
the fans for an entire song, which prompted Adrian to say “please
don’t kill our bassist”.
Disturbed members Mike
and Dan, along with Evans Blue Member and singer Dan, make up the
next band that were in the seventh spot on the main stage. Fight Or
Flight were up next and they were better than I thought. I wasn’t
feeling their cd that much yet, and their single, “First Of
The Last,” is OK, but their live performance is really good.
In fact, they were so good live you would think that they were a band
for many years performing together.
Trapt gets the eighth spot
on the show. Trapt played a good mix of old and new tracks. They always
put in a great live performance, but I prefer them on a more intimate
stage setting. Singer Chris Taylor Brown makes you feel his emotions
as he sings and is a great performer. Their current single, “Eye
Of The Storm,” is starting to get a lot of airplay on the radio.
This next band is another
must-see band if you have never seen them. In the ninth spot on the
main stage was Nonpoint. Elias and the boys are so much fun to watch
live. They just come out and Kick @$$ form start to finish. I had
the chance to hang out with the boys for a little bit on their tour
bus, and we had a really random discussion about mushrooms. We also
had a debate on who has better pizza, New York or Chicago?
Former front man for Three
Days Grace, Adam Gontier, was slated in the tenth spot for this show.
I haven’t ever seen 3DG with Adam. Matt is a great fill in,
but when I heard Adam sing those songs I was blown away. Adam said
to the crowd, “Isn’t it nice to hear the guy who wrote
the songs, sing the songs?” Adam is just amazing live, and at
one point near the end of his set he climbed the scaffolding all the
way up to the lights and just hung there for a bit. I thought he was
going to jump into the crowd, but after hanging for a couple of minutes
he came back down.
Sick Puppies is slated
as the headliners for this event. Shimon and the gang always put on
a great show. I was watching them pump each other up backstage before
their performance. Shimon really likes talking to the crowd before
every song, which can be a little overkill. When you have been at
a festival all day and you’re the last act please keep the talking
to a minimum. A large stage means more room for Emma to jump and spin
around on stage. This girl is just amazing live, and I don’t
think I would ever get tired of watching her play. Anzai is of the
best bassists you could ever see live.
Photographer JT Gilbert
took a lot of really nice pictures of this event, and his one of Nonpoint
is f’in awesome. If Nonpoint ever makes a live dvd, that pic
should be the cover.
I also got to exchange
a few words with Dan from Disturbed/Fight or Flight. He was drinking
some really good red wine in a plastic solo cup. After I asked him
what he was drinking, he told me, “Hey I have to switch it up
from beer every now and then.” Funny.
I also got to hold Adam
Gontier’s Terminator-inspired mic stand which had to weigh about
Congrats to 95 X for putting on a really great event, despite the fact that a rival radio station that had their own event a week earlier pulled a classless move and held a free concert the same time and day of this event. I didn’t matter though, because on this day this was the place to be.