Younger Dreams Tour
w/ Our Last Night, palisades, Hail the Sun, and Picturesque
11/24/15 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, On - Photos and Article by Logan Reid
Starting off the night of the Younger Dreams Tour were a couple locals acts in Bitter Kids out of St. Catharine’s and Curses from Toronto. The show was opened by the former in Bitter Kids. While neither of these bands had much of an audience, with the majority of the crowd having not arrived or sitting at the back of the venue, the easycore band at least had some people up front singing along and got the mosh going a little with a high energy performance; not that Curses didn't have fans, just slightly different circumstances. Alternative rock band Curses are led by ex-Abandon All Ships vocalist, Martin Broda, so they were certainly able to bring their own crowd with them, Curses had only released their first music but only a month ago in October and are still an extremely young band that not too many are aware of. At least for now.
Opening up the touring acts was Picturesque based out of Lexington, Kentucky. The most recent signee from Equal Vision Records, Picturesque definitely displayed the labels signature sound of a powerful band led by very powerful vocals. With a non-stop energetic performance, Picturesque could be consistently seen all over the stage, never seeming to stop moving at any time whatsoever. Similar to the local acts, Picturesque didn't really have a large audience there to see them and did not have too many people paying attention. This seemed to have acted as a motivation for the band with vocalist, Kyle Hollis consistently leaning into the crowd, singing directly into the faces and holding the hands of those in the front row. While I absolutely loved the enthusiasm and effort in the fact he attempts these notes live, there were a few times, particularly during school their songs One Of Us and Who We Are. In his defense, this was only their first national tour, and I fully expect that his live vocals will only improve with continued experience. I fully expect there to be a few more people singing along the next time Picturesque come into town. I expect they will have a quick rise to being a household name pretty shortly.
Hail the Sun
Based out of Chico, California, progressive hardcore group Hail the Sun really started to get the crowd going for the night. With a few more people having showed up for the night, including what appeared to be some big fans of the band who I could see singing along. This got members of the crowd to start moshing much to the pleasure of everyone on stage. While I did know a little of this band's history, I had never actually listened to any of their music before this night.
Not even halfway through the first song, you could easily hear the similar tone and progression used by guitarist Aric Garcia compared to Will Swan of Dance Gavin Dance who is the founder of the label Hail the Sun are signed to in Blue Swan Records and also the fact that Garcia worked on Dance Gavin Dance's latest album could contribute to the similar sounds. For the final song Eight-Ball, Coroner's Pocket, vocalist Donovan Melero took his spot behind the drums to perform both the lead vocals as well as drumming the intricate rhythms at the same time. I'm sure this unique performance will bring back many people to see them again live.
With a crowd as active as this, you would almost think Palisades were a local band coming back to their hometown. While they actually hail from the neighbours to the south in Iselin, New Jersey, Palisades are very familiar to the area having played through Toronto and Southern Ontario many times. It's safe to say the local crowd definitely throw down for Palisades. Being a city with a huge EDM scene and arguably the city where EDM-core bands got started such as with Abandon All Ships, I think this definitely plays to the advantage of Palisades in a scene where that trend seems to have came and left extremely quickly with many people openly hating on it for reasons unknown.
Playing a set almost entirely filled with songs from their latest album, Mind Games, Palisades set got opened up with their hit single Player Haters' Ball featuring a tape of rap artist Blackbear. About halfway through the set, vocalist Lou Miceli paused to give an inspiring speech about the terrorist attacks in Paris before leading in to their song, Afraid. Palisades finished their set with the heavy dance influenced High & Low which was the only song they performed that was not on their newest album. I'm positive that whenever Palisades do return, they'll continue to draw in large active crowds.
Our Last Night
Headlining this tour of course was Our Last Night out of Hollis, New Hampshire. Fresh off what could argued to be their biggest year as a band yet, 2015 saw Our Last Night releasing a monster of an album with the same name as this tour that went number 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, a regular spot on the Monster Stage as well as time on the main stage of this year's Vans Warped Tour, and capping off the year with this world tour with Palisades that has so far gone through Europe and North America. Our Last Night didn't do too much special in regards to their live show outside of what would be expected of bands, and that was a great energetic performance as well as spot on vocals performed by brothers Trevor and Matt Wentworth.
They started off with their set with Prisoners, the dramatic opener taken from their latest album. While primarily focused on songs from the Younger Dreams Album, Our Last Night did not shy away from any of their older songs also including performances of Fate, Liberate Me, and I’ve Never Felt This Way. Throughout their set, the crowd was just wild singing along to all of the songs such as Road to the Throne, Living Now, and Home as if they were an anthem. Also performed by Our Last Night were a couple of their cover songs that they have become so well known for including their rendition of Katy Perry’s Dark Horse. For their encore, Our Last Night finished their set of with their cover of Imagine Dragons Radioactive as well as their classic hit song Sunrise.
Overall there was great individual and unique performances by each band on this tour and I most definitely look forward to when they all return. Hopefully in a bigger venue.
Our Last Night Setlist
Hail the Sun Setlist