Sunday, September 22, 2013

Concert - Our Last Night and Lions, Lions

It’s a little embarrassing to admit that I discovered Our Last Night because the two frontmen (brothers Matt and Trevor Wentworth) are models for Johnny Cupcakes. I did dig a little deeper and investigated their actual music, which falls squarely into post-hardcore. It’s a great genre and a solid scene but honestly it’s not really my scene (as often as I dabble there and sometimes wish it was). But the best discovery I made? Their acoustic tracks on YouTube. That I can get behind.

If you’re only going to watch one video, I’d choose their cover of “Skyfall”, the James Bond theme by Adele. It is shockingly good. Their reinterpretation of her ballad into a rock song is something I never would have thought of, but these brothers can handle the vocal challenges without batting an eye. I’ve mentioned the series of other covers they released this summer as part of their “Summer of Covers” lead up to the new album they’re working on and those are worth checking out as well (my other favorite is definitely the re-working of Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors”).

When they announced they were touring with Lions, Lions I was excited to see a Georgia date at The Seven in Douglasville. It was a no-brainer that I was making the forty-five minute trek to the sleazy looking shopping center that houses The Seven to see them. Even if I had to go alone.

Armed with my camera and an urge to make friends, I headed out to see two bands that I know are great and I was determined to have a good time. I ended up chatting with band guys before the show, and eventually thoroughly enjoying myself through two fantastic sets.

I hadn’t seen Lions, Lions since a trip to Boston for a show at the end of the Blue Line (that’s an OLD post, fyi). I knew I was in for good time and it was one heck of a night. Even in a small setting, front man Josh worked his heart out and put on a great set. While I’ve known who they are for years now, I’ve never really sat down and gave their music a true listen. I won’t make that mistake again. I’ll be seeing them next time they’re in town for sure.

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Next up was Our Last Night and I was hooked instantly. They opened with “Fate” which I thankfully knew (the acoustic version is amazing, but the full band version is pretty great too). Their set list included “Skyfall” and every other song I knew by them that wasn’t a cover. (Of which there were about four, but that’s not the point.) They put on a fantastic show. Matt’s pure vocals are just as pristine live as it is on the recorded tracks. Trevor’s energy is incredible and contagious, even in the small crowd. Being at a hardcore type show, I was anxious of getting hit but hid in a corner right up at the stage. I loved having him wander towards my end of the stage, and found myself jumping along, totally in the groove.

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If these guys come to your town, take a chance on them and get to the show. Hell, I’ll be there every time they are somewhere I can get to easily. They’ll be in Atlanta this December and it’s already on the calendar. I’m glad they’ll be playing the Masquerade this time since it’s a slightly better venue (and closer to home). Even though I don’t know the other bands, I’ll be hitting it up for a little bit at least. If you’re there, keep an eye out for me.


la photo studios said...

The crowd and music here is very mixed; i like that a lot. From one of my favorites performers to other dope DJ's... the music here and guests here are great beyond anything.

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