Friday January 17th, one of the most recent wave of post hardcore's favorites, Sleeping with Sirens invaded the House of Blues, Las Vegas. With them they brought some of the very best in modern pop punk; Point North, Belmont, and Set it Off.
Point North Gallery:
The last time I saw Point North was at Vinyl inside the hard rock, and I have to say it was wonderful to see these guys hit a bigger stage. I was also surprised with myself, since I ended up knowing a lot of their lyrics!
I believe the last time I saw Belmont was around this time last year. They were a last minute addition to The Amity Affliction's Misery Will Find You tour. These young men really pack a punch with their set! I remember them jumping around the Brooklyn Bowl stage last year, and I was happy to see them continue to jump around the stage at House of Blues. It also did not take much encouragement for the crowd to start jumping and moshing around as well! If you're keen on some traditional sounding, yet kicked up a notch pop punk, these guys will fit in your collection perfectly!
Set it Off Gallery:
The last time I caught Set it Off was on Simple Plan's 15th Anniversary of "No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls" Tour. I distinctly remember their vocalist jumping off a high riser, or some sort of equipment that night. (Although, all those bands did stage dives that night so.... ha.) I have to point out just how incredibly talented the three piece on stage was. Their singer has a certain amount of soul in it, and it really brings something special to the kind of music they play. (If I were to relate it to anything, it would be similar to what Jonny Craig did by adding r&b style vocals to post hardcore sounds, along with what Tyler Carter from Issues has been doing the last few years. They have the same take, but Tyler's is more modern than Jonny's style.) This group is certainly one that I would say is underrated, but the fans in the crowd didn't lie this night. They all knew the words, and happy faces could be seen all over the venue.
Sleeping with Sirens Gallery:
I had seen Sleeping With Sirens when they opened up for Good Charlotte in 2018. They recently made an appearance at the 2019 annual Las Rageous, so it really was awesome to see these guys return so soon. Highlights of their set include an intimate acoustic version of "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls, and Kellin Quinn urging the young crowd to involve themselves in their local scene of music. Countless uplifting words and energy filled the room throughout the set, and the vocalist also ended up in the crowd at some point towards the end. You bet that this made a lot of very happy fans in the crowd this night!
Sleeping with Sirens certainly isn't for everyone. The high pitch vocals are an acquired taste, at least for me anyway. But with these guys, I always like to encourage people to listen to the lyrical content. The music ties everything in, but the lyrical content contains genuine feelings that even the most stonewalled person has felt.
Check out the rest of the tour dates, and go see this tour if you can! It's definitely a feel good kind of energy to watch!
Remaining Tour Dates:
Jan. 20 — Tucson, Ariz. @ Encore
Jan. 22 — Dallas, Texas @ Hose of Blues
Jan. 23 — Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall
Jan. 25 — Atlanta, Ga. @ The Masquerade
Jan. 26 — Nashville, Tenn. @ The Cowan
Jan. 28 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer
Jan. 30 — Sayreville, N.J. @ Starland Ballroom
Jan. 31 — Baltimore, Md. @ Soundstage
Feb. 1 — Worcester, Mass. @ Palladium
Feb. 4 — Albany, N.Y. @ Upstate Concert Hall
Feb. 5 — Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Feb. 7 — Detroit, Mich. @ The Crofoot
Feb. 8 — Grand Rapids, Mich. @ The Intersection
PHOTO CREDIT: All photos by Courtney Ware for ZRockR Magazine, All Rights Reserved.