Review of the Glamour Kills Spring Break Tour

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The Glamour Kills Spring Break 2015 tour hit Game Changer World in Howell, NJ on April 3. Fans lined up outside waiting to see some great local bands and of course tour headliners Set it Off with support from Against the Current, As it Is, and Roam. The night was set to be a great night based off of the bill but the performances given by each band certainly exceeded expectations and gave fans a great show and a night they will not soon forget.

Roam took the stage first for the bands on the touring bill and started things off strong. Despite some issues getting started the British pop-punk group did not let that affect them, they brought the energy and crowd engagement from the start. They kicked off their set with “Warning Sign” off of their most recent release View Point (2015) on Hopeless Records. They also played “Over Your Head” off of that record. Based off crowd reaction the album has been well received and the group will continue to grow from here. They closed out their set with their most energetic song, “Head Rush”. They certainly put on an upbeat and fun set for fans. Be sure to keep an eye out for when they return to the U.S.

As it Is took the stage next and did an absolutely fantastic job raising the energy and getting the crowd involved and ready for the rest of the night. Frontman Patty Walters did an outstanding job going right up to the audience and singing along with fans which really seemed to resonate well with the crowd as they were engaged from start to finish. They kicked off their set with “Concrete” a single off their record Never Happy, Ever After which was released on Fearless Records on April 21, 2015. They also played the other two singles released off of the record, “Dial Tones” and “Cheap Shots and Setbacks”, both of which were extremely well received. Based off the crowd reaction Never Happy, Ever After  will be very successful as fans knew the songs and were happily singing along to all three singles. Long time fans were treated to some older favorites including “Horoscopes” and “Bitter, Broken Me” off of their 2014 self released EP This Mind of Mine. They closed out the night with another song off of This Mind of Mine “Can’t Save Myself” which ended their set on a great note with the fans excitedly singing along. Be sure to catch As It Is on all of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour.

Recent Fueled by Ramen’s signees Against the Current took the stage next with a passionate, engaging set. Front woman Chrissy Costanza showed her talented vocals from the first word of “Paralyzed” and did not look back. She has extremely powerful vocals and this mixed with catchy lyrics and choruses Against the Current have rapidly created a dedicated fan base for themselves. They played many other favorites off of their most recent release Gravity (2015) including title track “Gravity”, “Talk” and “Fireproof”. The excitement in the audience grew with each new song the group played. Based off of the reaction many fans already had the album or had been listening to it as they sang the words back louder and louder to Costanaza with each new song the group played. They also mixed in some favorites from previous releases including title track “Infinity” and “Come Back Kid” off of Infinity. Fans were treated to a unique performance of the song “Dreaming Alone” when As It Is vocalist Patty Walters joined Against the Current on stage. The strongest reaction of the night came when Against the Current played their cover of “Uptown Funk” which features Set it Off frontman Cody Carson and guitarist Dan Clermont, however the two did not join Against the Current for the live performance. This did not stop the crowd from excitedly screaming along to every word and getting involved even if they were not familiar with Against the Current prior to this tour. Big things are coming for Against the Current, do not miss them next time they come through your town!

By the time Set it Off took the stage the audience was more than ready to scream along and get involved. Set it Off stopped at Game Changer World last summer on the Our Last Night co-headliner and from the crowd reaction it was clear they had been very well received the last time and expanded their fan base in the area significantly over the past 9 months. That is not surprising however because a lot has gone on for the band since their last time in the area. They released full length album Duality last October on Equal Vision Records, toured on the first leg of the Black Mass tour in support of Black Veil Brides and Falling in Reverse, and have been nominated for the AP Music Awards Best Music Video and Song of the Year for “Why Worry” (you can vote for them here!). The band have earned their way onto big tours and nominations from various publications because of their handwork and dedication to their fanbase.

They kicked off their set with the ever popular “Forever Stuck in Our Youth” off of the 2014 release Duality, which was certainly well received by the crowd. It is the perfect song to start off a set because it’s a care-free and upbeat song about staying young and living in the moment which set the mood for fans to get lost in the music and the set. They also played other fan favorites off of Duality including “Ancient History” and “The Haunting”. Long term Set it Off fans were treated to a few songs from the past including “Breathe In, Breathe Out” and “Dream Catcher” off of their 2011 Horrible Kids EP and 2012 full length Cinematics, respectively. Both of these songs got a rise out of the crowd because they’re highly relatable and have always elicited a strong reaction. Dream Catcher is a positive and uplifting song encouraging people to go after their dreams and not allow others doubt to bring them down. Another sing along that engaged the entire audience came during their cover of Ariana Grande’s “Problem” off of the 2014 Punk Goes Pop release. The energy reached during that song did not die down until the end of the very last song. They closed out their set with Set it Off staple song “Partners in Crime” and “Miss Mysterious”. They then returned for their encore which consisted  of a mashup between “Horrible Kids” and “Swan Song” two fan favorites from the past and the song which is up for the APMA’s song of the year “Why Worry”.

All four bands on the tour package and the local openers put on entertaining and energetic live sets that will stay with fans for some time to come. Be sure to keep an eye out for what Roam and Against the Current have next and to catch Set it Off and As it Is all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour!

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