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VEARA on God Save the States Tour – Erie, PA 12/20/2013

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, News, Photos, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2014 by Randy

The God Save the States Tour, headlined by Major League, also consisted of two other awesome Pop-Punk bands (VEARA and Stickup Kid), that spread across various East Coast cities in just a short two week period. On Friday, December 20, 2013, the three bands stopped in Erie Pennsylvania for a late night party. Unlike most shows, this didn’t have an early start time. The first local band didn’t take the stage ‘til nearly 10pm, and Major League didn’t wrap up their set ‘til 2am. That being said, not a single band let the time become a factor…they didn’t care how late they were on and played their hearts out, making sure every single person in the venue had the time of their life.

The Rock Tribune popped in on behalf of VEARA, and we couldn’t be more proud of the fact that they were the band we were there supporting. Down to earth, no rock star ‘tude, some of the nicest folks you’ll meet type of dudes. Nestled in between Stickup Kid and Major League, they gave every bit of who they were to the crowd…to the point they could barely set down their instruments and walk off the stage. A lot of the tunes they played were off of their most recent album titled “Growing Up is Killing Me,” which is amazing regardless if it’s live or on disc. If you’re remotely interested in any form of Punk-Rock/Pop-Punk, this is certainly an album you should check out.

Needless to say, if you haven’t had a chance to see VEARA or any of the other bands that were part of this tour, you missed out…so keep an eye open for the next time they all come to a city near you. Also, big thanks goes out to Jamie and everybody else who helps make Erie Entertainment what it is…if it wasn’t for them, the Northwestern Pennsylvania area wouldn’t have had the number of great shows it’s recently had.

© Logan Rendulic, 2013-14 The Rock Tribune

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Veara, a set on Flickr.

Sworn In – Edinboro University 12/13/2013 [Photos]

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, Featured, News, Photos, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2013 by Randy

When ‘Sworn In’ and ‘Like Moths to Flames’ got together to do a little four city run, everyone knew it was bound to be an intense, fun filled couple days. Students of Edinboro University displayed just that: a semester ending, angst ridden adrenaline release. No one can truly forget the opening bands that actually made a night like that possible, with ‘Melrose’ and ‘Bail Easy’ (Erie Pennsylvania locals) bringing waves of friends along, packing the house. Other openers included Tuesday’s Too Late and Motives, each holding their own and playing amazing sets that almost remind me of something you’d witness if you were at a Letlive performance.

Hats off to the headliners…Like Moths to Flames and the Erie/Edinboro area are fairly familiar with each other since this was second time they’ve played there in about nine months. Sworn In on the other hand had many faces in the crowd that I’m sure they had never seen before, but regardless of it being a new crowd or old friends, the band always delivers a hard hitting show. Taking place on Friday the 13th, it makes you wonder if it gave Sworn In even more reason to come out and pummel the crowd, showcasing sadistic vibes like they do at all other concerts they play.

Needless to say, if you didn’t make it to this show or any of the other shows these two bands played, then it sucks to be you. Don’t fear, because they are both far from being done and will surely be playing in a town near you before you know it. DON’T MISS IT.

-Logan Rendulic, © The Rock Tribune

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EU_PA, a set on Flickr.

Review: OTEP live at Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA 10/13/13

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2013 by Randy

                Currently on the road with some great up and coming bands like Stolen Babies and New Year’s Day is one of the most popular and most influential metal artists in of the last decade:  Otep Shamaya.  Otep is a band that has broken down many barriers over their last twelve years of existence; not just musically but socially due to Otep Shamaya’s involvement in the fight for equality and her strong political views.  Having a front-woman with such strong beliefs in those areas made their “claim to fame” a little easier than most bands that came into the scene around the same time.  Not taking anything away from them musically though; given the fact that the band has undergone some member changes (like nearly every other band) they’ve been able to maintain the same standards musically that they started with, while still evolving and separating themselves from all other metal artists.

                Getting back to the current tour,  the Inner-Galactic/With a Vengeance Tour, which is certainly a must see; regardless if it’s your first or tenth time seeing Otep, the opening acts on tour with them are amazing.  Stolen Babies and New Year’s Day are both bands that blend so well with the style brought to the table by Otep, it doesn’t matter if you’ve heard of them or no…if you’re an Otep fan these opening acts will certainly keep you entertained.  It’s after their sets are all done and over when the energy hits you square in the face. Once Otep steps onto the stage, get ready for hell to be unleashed because she pours every ounce of her being and demands the same from the crowd. The better the participation, the better her set is because she feeds off of her fans and gives in return what she receives from the audience. Long story short, if this tour is still coming to a city near you, take the few dollars it costs to see this show and spoil yourself with four hours of fun.  Don’t forget to stick around after the show to meet Otep at the merch table and buy an autographed CD.  Even if you can’t afford to buy something, she is humble and loves her fans all the same and will be more than happy to have a picture taken with you… free of charge, unlike some performers now a days that request money for a measly cell phone photo.

-Logan Rendulic, ©The Rock Tribune (Pittsburgh)

http://www.otepmerch.com/

Review: I Wrestled A Bear Once live in Erie, PA 8/18/13

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, News, Reviews, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2013 by Randy

After a successful run on the All-Stars Tour, Math-Core greats “IWRESTLEDABEARONCE” did a select city tour on their way home, making a stop in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Hats off to Jamie Popeski and Eric Harrington (Erie Entertainment) for being able to lure such an act to the area in an effort to revive the music scene. Along with IWABO, Dayshell also performed.  As many may know, the band is fronted by Sheyley Bourget (formerly of “Of Mice & Men”), and is slowly gaining recognition from their explosive and heartfelt performances.  Along with these two power houses, also performing were local favorites Melrose, Perdition, and Polaris Breach.

Kicking it off and warming the pit up was the two local hard-core bands, Melrose and Polaris Breach; both of which set the tone for a very passionate and energetic evening.  After a few more local bands hit the stage, it was time for Dayshell and IWRESTELEDABEARONCE…and as previously mentioned Dayshell put on a stellar show. After watching them live, it was a relief to know Sheyley was doing his own thing with his new band and not an Of Mice & Men knock off.  IWABP wrapped things up with a very memorable performance.  They are certainly a must-see band with a set that has everything wrapped in to one:  pure emotion, talent, and of course just a fun time had by fans and the band. IWRESTELEDABEARONCE is a band that is built for small venue shows, not saying they can’t play on a big stage, but being in a small building gives them a chance to really connect with the crowd and even allowed Courtney (vocals) the chance to come out and mosh with everyone on the floor.  If you ever get a chance to see either of these two touring bands, go, because it is well worth the price of admission.

 

-Logan Rendulic, © The Rock Tribune 2013

http://www.iwrestledabearonce.com/

P.A.C.A.  Erie, PA

 

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