Alternative Press Tour – Bogarts, 6 April 2007

19 Oct

AP Tour featuring Envy on the Coast
As Tall As Lions
Cute is What We Aim For
Circa Survive
6 April 2007

Alternative Press is the Bible of the alternative / emo / punk / Hot Topic / etc. scene, so it’s no wonder that they have compiled four of the brightest and best among the crop of up and coming bands for the inaugural AP Tour. All four bands on the bill are known for their diehard fans and intense, DIY work ethic. It seems a bit strange, though, that these four bands have been handpicked as “new” when they are, on average, three years into their careers.

Envy on the Coast have come so far since the last time they came through Ohio in August 2006 on the Saosin tour. Once hesitant young kids getting their tour legs under them, they are now a tight, cohesive tour de force. Sadly, aside from the handful of kids who came to see them, they were marginally overlooked at first. Things changed, however, near the end of their set. Envy are definitely one of those bands that will win you over when you see them. Give these guys two years and they will be headlining their own huge tour. Mark my words.

Long Island, New York’s As Tall as Lions were a bit of a strange fit between the high energy performance of Envy on the Coast and the hardcore fans of Cute is What We Aim For. Undeterred, they turned in a solid performance of epic rock that transcended the little venue making it feel like a bit airy theatre. While it’s easy to compare them to bands such as Radiohead and Muse in terms of their film score like songs, they take the epic rock genre and step it up. Mixing keyboards, rock guitar, jazz influenced drumming, and unique blend of shouted and sung vocals, they make “epic” their own. If their performances on this tour are any indication as to where their careers are headed, then they should be ready to say good-bye to Long Island for a very long time and say hello to the open road. Keep an ear out for these guys as they are soon to be a household name.

Cute is What We Aim For has a fan club, a very vocal fan club who take great joy in shrieking every time Shaant breathed. That aside, the house was divided: half were there for Cute and half were there for Circa. The performance was a little cautious, perhaps due to the recent departure of bassist Jack Marin or due in part to the self proclaimed “shy boy of the band” lead singer Shaant’s perpetually reoccurring stage fright. For whatever the reason, CIWWAF’s performance was a bit lackluster in comparison to previous performances. Whether they didn’t notice or didn’t care, this did not appear to phase their fan-base one bit. The Cute kids (no pun intended) were in full voice as they sang with and out sang the band.

As soon as CIWWAF left the stage, their fans left the building. It became quite obvious at the room started to clear out that they came for one reason and one reason only: to see their hero and then to go home. Once the dust settled, Circa Survive’s fans moved forward and the temperature in the room went up twenty degrees in anticipation of what was to come. Anyone who has seen Circa Survive live knows that Anthony Green can be a bit unpredictable. That sentiment was quite prevalent throughout the entire tour as well. There was no unpredictability, though, just pure energy. Anthony Green has one of the most powerful and captivating voices in any band today; he is rivaled by very few.

As the lights went down and Circa Survive took the stage, the room went silent for a split second before the band began to play. From the first notes of The Great Golden Baby and Suspending Disbelied from the Inuit Sessions EP to Stop the Fucking Car, which received the biggest response of the night, to the ending notes of the encore, Green was an electric ball of light and energy. In good spirits, he sung and flailed and danced his was from one corner of the stage to the other. The crowd responded in equal parts admiration, awe, and returned energy. Even during the debuts of two new songs from their forthcoming Equal Vision release, the crowd was energetic if not held at attention. The band barreled through the entirety of Juturana as well as a handful of new material. The highlight of the set, however, was in the encore where Anthony came out and sang Meet Me in Montauk by himself. The crowd shoved and pressed themselves into a tiny corner in the attempt to make one last connection with the singer.

After the show, much to the surprise of everyone, all of the bands came out to their merchandise tables to meet as many people as they could. There is a lesson to be learned in all of this. You will get nowhere if you don’t get to know your fans and what they like. If you don’t treat them with respect, then they will not treat you with respect. It’s a lesson that al of the bands on this tour understand, and understand well whether it’s members of Envy on the Coast outside in the freezing old selling cds, members of As Tall as Lions selling their own t-shirts in the absence of their merch guy, members of CIWWAF talking to the remaining fans that stayed through the entire set and making new friends, or members of Circa Survive debating philosophy with everyone.

As Tall As Lions

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Circa Survive:

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For More Information:

Alternative Press MySpace | website
Envy On the Coast MySpace | website
As Tall As Lions MySpace | website
Cute is What We Aim For MySpace | website
Circa Survive MySpace | website


Email Me: brittany@mammothpress.com

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