Review and Photos by Katherine Tare
After just wrapping up their European tour, Our Last Night are out again, this time in the US on their “Younger Dreams” Tour. On November 28 they made a stop in NYC with support from Picturesque, Hail the Sun, and Palisades.
Doors opened at 6, and Picturesque promptly took the stage at 6:30. A 5 piece band hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, Picturesque recently signed to Equal Vision Records. They were quick to set the mood and got the fans jumping up and down as front man Kyle Hollis impressed the crowd with his smooth vocals and high notes. I highly suggest picking up their new ‘Monstrous Things EP’ which just came out November 20th.
Up next was Hail the Sun, a post-hardcore band from Chico, California. They used to be signed to Blue Swan Records, a label started by Dance Gavin Dance’s Will Swan, but as of a few days ago are now on Equal Vision. Now these guys have something new going on. This was my first time seeing them live, and as they started playing their first song, I was looking for their singer, but to no avail – I couldn’t find him. Low and behold, I soon realized the drummer does the vocals too! His name is Donovan Melero, and he definitely showed us multi tasking at its finest. Shane Gann plays guitar and does backing vocals, Aric Garcia plays guitar, and John Stirrat plays bass, making this quartet a must see. A little fun fact, Shane Gann worked on the game Rocksmith 2014 and had their song “Eight-Ball, Coroner’s Pocket” featured as unlockable content.
Taking the stage next was Rise Record’s Palisades from Iselin, New Jersey. This group brought something different to the stage with their electronic sound and dance party vibes. Pits opened up and the crowd cheered louder than ever. It’s hard to believe that a mere two weeks ago, there was a shooting in Paris in a venue just like the one we were in. Palisades chose to dedicate a song that they normally don’t play on tour, “Afraid”, a beautiful gesture in my opinion.
Alas, finally, the moment everyone’s been waiting for; Our Last Night were up. The crowd roared as Trevor, Matt, Woody, and Tim walked on stage. Their setlist consisted of a perfect balance of old songs from their 2013 EP Oak Island, their newest album Younger Dreams, and even a few covers including Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive”, and Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”. The Marlin Room at Webster Hall, the venue for this show, doesn’t have barricades, which allowed the artists to directly interact with the crowd, creating an even more personal feel. Trevor’s vocals perfectly harmonized with his brother Matt’s voice, producing a beautiful sound that resonated throughout the room. Their catchy songs like ‘Same Old War’ and ‘Sunrise’ had the whole room singing along (myself included). This is my fourth time seeing them play, and they impress me each and every time.
All four bands put on an incredible show that’s one for the books. There’s a little over a week left of this tour, so check out the rest of the lineup and see if they’re coming to a city near you!