Fans of all ages lined the block in Montclair, NJ waiting for the doors to the Wellmont Theatre to open for the Papa Roach / Seether co-headliner featuring support from Kyng and Islander. They were certainly in for a great show that would be enjoyed by all in attendance from the life-long fans to those who had found a new love for the bands playing.
Islander kicked off the evening with a high energy set for a good crowd especially for that early in the evening. Islander signed to Victory Records in the fall of 2013 and have made quite the name for themselves since. They’ve released an EP Pains and their first full length Violence & Destruction since the signing. Touring wise they spent last summer on the road with Mayhem Fest, hit the road again in the fall with Otherwise, Nonpoint, and Pop Evil, and are currently opening up this tour for Papa Roach and Seether. On this tour they’ve played fan favorite songs such as “Counter Act”, “New Wave” which they released a new music video for in January, and closed out their set with “Coconut Dracula” the group’s first single off of their full length. The group won’t stop there either, they have huge things planned for 2015 including some of extremely well known festivals, all of which will certainly help the group as they build a devoted and committed fan base. Catch them at Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range, and Welcome to Rockville this summer!
Kyng took the stage next with another solid set. They started their set off with “In the Land of Pigs” off of their 2014 record Burn the Serum which was released on Razor & Tie Records. “Electric Halo” and title track “Burn the Serum” were also played off the record along with songs from Trampled Sun such as “I Don’t Believe” and “Pushing & Pulling”. Kyng also covered “Hot for Teacher” by Van Halen which never fails to get the crowd engaged and singing along. After what had been a very strong set they closed out their set with another song off of Trampled Sun “Falling Down”.
Seether came out to an amped up crowd with the ever popular “Gasoline” off of their 2002 release Disclaimer which is always a fan favorite and a great way to start their set on a high note. For a band with an extensive discography they did a fairly good job of mixing it up playing an even number of new and older songs off of five different albums. By the end of the first song the crowd seemed to come alive even more than they’d previously been; singing and screaming along to all of the words really seemed to bring out their energy. Along with “Gasoline” off of Disclaimer “Fine Again” and “Broken” were also played. Seether also played a handful of songs off of their most recent release Isolate and Medicate including the ever popular “Words as Weapons”, which was the lead single from the record, and “Save Today”. Longtime fans were treated to older favorites such as “Fake It” and “Rise Above” off of Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces. Both songs always seem to illicit a strong reaction from the crowd who really seemed to love every minute of old favorites being played. They closed out their set with “Remedy” off of the 2005 release Karma and Effect which certainly had the crowd singing along and into every minute of it.
By the time Papa Roach took the stage the crowd was more than ready for what was going to be a very memorable and enjoyable set. They kicked off the set with “Face Everything and Rise” the title track off of their 2015 release. The song was released in early November, two months before the album, and based off the crowd’s reaction many were familiar with the song and were singing along. The only other song played live off of F.E.A.R was “Broken As Me” another song that had been released early to those who pre-ordered the record and later on the label, Eleven Seven’s YouTube page. Based off the reaction to these two songs the crowd was very excited for the new record and had very much enjoyed the songs they’d already heard. Papa Roach has been writing music and touring for over two decades, however, they still take the stage with the passion and energy of a band that has finally earned a spot on bigger national tours. They show their experience with their stage presence and poise getting the crowd involved and engaged all throughout the set. Papa Roach, much like Seether, has a very extensive discography and did a phenomenal job of integrating songs from the last twenty years of music into the setlist so that there was something for just about everyone. Some songs will always stand out and really get the crowd into them such as “Scars” a fan favorite for the past ten years. Fans were singing along from the very first line until frontman Jacoby Shaddix sang until the last word. It is such an experience to see fans of all ages singing from the young children there with their parents who have clearly caught up with the last twenty years of Papa Roach to those who were there as the music was being released and anxiously awaited each new album. Other highly noteworthy songs played were “Burn” off of Time for Annihilation, “Life Line” off Metamorphosis and “Still Swinin’” The Connection all of which seemed to get the entire building screaming along. Naturally they closed out the show with “Last Resort” a fan favorite since 2004 and had the entire crowd singing along and seemingly wishing the night would not end.