New Found Glory - October 29th, 2011 in Sayreville, NJThe typical fall weather New Jersey is accustomed to in October took a turn this past Saturday with an unexpected snowfall across the Garden State. The brutal weather and harsh slushy roads that no Jersey kid is used to in October didn’t stop fans of New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard and This Time Next Year from attending the Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey.
The tour started in the beginning of October to promote New Found Glory’s seventh studio album, Radiosurgery, which was released on October 4th. Halfway into New Found Glory’s set, guitarist Chad Gilbert went on to say that the band isn’t telling their fans to only listen to pop punk, but the exact opposite. Just because the whole tour is about the specific genre, one should be open minded to all sorts of music.
What’s interesting and awesome about pop punk music is that there’s a whole scene within itself. Pop punk music doesn’t need air play or television exposure to be successful or to exist. Pop punk fans are die-hard fans of the music and the many positive messages the genre portrays, like living a straight edge lifestyle, community, friendship, and just simply having a good time.
Man Overboard - October 29th, 2011 in Sayreville, NJNew Jersey’s own Man Overboard is supporting the tour with the saying they’re now known for, “defend pop punk.” They played a bunch of songs and had a great crowd at their home show.
Set Your Goals - October 29th, 2011 in Sayreville, NJCalifornia’s Set Your Goals played exceptionally well, playing a mixture of lighter, faster pop punk songs from their first album, Mutiny, some harder material from their second album, This Will Be The Death of Us, including The Few That Remain with lead singer of The Wonder Years Dan Campbell subbing in for Paramore’s Hayley Williams’ guest vocals on the song and songs from their latest album, Burning At Both Ends.
The Wonder Years - October 29th, 2011 in Sayreville, NJThe Wonder Years set was wild this Saturday. Tons of energy comes out of this band. Front man Dan Campbell made it known during their set to stay positive in one’s own surroundings and that things might not be as bad as they seem.
Matthew Good Band - November 3rd, 2011 in Toronto, ONI’m not totally sure about the whole story but from what I’ve read the Matthew Good Band disbanded back in 2002, as there were disputes between band members. Dave Genn went on to join 54-40 and Matthew pursued his own solo career, releasing 5 full length albums, and has become an avid blogger and political activist. I’m assuming some of the original band members were present at this reunion tour. Queen Elizabeth Theatre was brimming with Matthew Good Band fans, celebrating a well respected Canadian and band.
Cold War Kids - November 4th, 2011 in Toronto, ONI oddly remember shooting Cold War Kids back when they opened for Death Cab, a couple of years back. The California band certainly brought a good vibe with them at that time. Good ol’ sing-along rock songs with a bit of soul and blues. They are currently touring Mine Is Yours, their 3rd album. Check it out!
Deadmau5 - November 5th, 2011 in Toronto, ONDeadmau5, also known as Joel Thomas Zimmerman, brought his gigantic Meowington Hax Tour to a close Saturday night at the Rogers Centre to a near 20000 ecstatic fans. He is officially the first Canadian to grace the Rogers Centre since it’s inception as the Skydome. The giant stage was comprised of a one huge LED geometric cube screen and smaller LED cubes overhead (where Deadmau5 presided mostly the whole show) as well as 3 giant LED screens across the main stage, providing video feed of the concert and main stage. The interesting part of the production was that all these screens were synced and provided an amazing visual experience in sync with music. I’ve always had much more respect for DJs producing their own music then just playing other people’s records, so one up for Deadmau5 for pushing the genre.
All 20000 fans packed the stadium in two VIP lots on either side of the catwalk. The floor filled up quickly once Deadmau5 took the stage. Not only was the show a hit, it was being filmed as well which would most likely explain the production cost of the show. Deadmau5 went all out and it was truly an amazing experience, visually and viscerally. There was a guest appearance by Sofi midway through Deadmau5’s set, for the tracks “Sofi Needs A Ladder” and “One Trick Pony.” Deadmau5 stepped down off his podium 3 times during the show, once when Sofi appeared, 2nd cloaked in a white bed sheet as a ghost, and lastly at the end of the show when he took off his trademark Deadmau5 gear to thousands of roaring fans. Simply amazing night!
Wu Lyf - November 12th, 2011 in Toronto, ONWu Lyf, World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation, made their way to Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern on Saturday night from Manchester, England. Not much is known about the band as they have shied away from the limelight and giving interviews. It is fitting with all the occupy movements around the globe that their song “dirt”, serves as an anthem for the mass angst against government and financial greed.
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