The Alternative Press Tour at El Corazon
When I arrived at El Corazon for the Alternative Press Tour, I was immediately surprised to learn that it wasn’t yet sold out. I mean, that’s awesome for late-comers who buy their tickets at the door, but I figured those bands could easily fill up the fair-sized theater. As time passed however, I kept seeing more and more people coming through the door and quickly realized that my “glass is half empty” fears were a thing of the past.
I planned to use Glass Cloud for my warming up with the pictures of the evening. I hadn’t listened to much of their music and hey, they’re the opening band. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed their performance and how much the crowd seemed to as well. Not every one knew every word, but there was jumping and dancing about, you know, things you do to show your ears appreciate what’s going on. They sang some neat things and hopped around the stage for a bit and then it was The Amity Affliction’s turn. If you’ve read any of my other blogs, you’ll be familiar with my weakness for accents. Hailing from Australia, the guys had my attention from the start and managed to keep it throughout their seat. My favorite thing was that they actually sounded DIFFERENT than the other bands on the bill. I like originality and I love clean vocalists with wonderful voices and TAA brought both. The crowd didn’t seem incredibly familiar with the guys but I have a feeling that after this tour, we’ll be hearing their name quite a bit more.
Like Moths to Flames was next and one of my favorites to photograph. Bands who are constantly moving make my job ten times more fun and challenging. When these guys hit the stage is when the whole room really started to pick up and everyone got into the groove of things. The vocalist was nonstop interacting with fans, stage diving became a thing, and the floor was completely full for the first time of the night. It’s always nice to be around musicians who seem to actually enjoy what they’re doing and this band seemed to be smiling throughout (while still looking tough of course).
I personally think The Ghost Inside and Miss May I should have been co-headliners on this tour, but I suppose that opinion is a tad biased. TGI is one of my favorite bands and always so exciting to witness perform live. I most recently watched them at Warped Tour which tends to limit almost all crowd interaction and dangerous stage diving. El Corazon is the perfect place for that kind of show, with its low stage and lack of barrier. I wasn’t disappointed even for a second with their high energy, and even higher passion performance. Every second felt real and the crowd fed off of each intense note played. Engine 45 was the last song played and I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen so many kids in the air at one time; feet bumping into heads, fans kicking musicians while falling with a thud onto the stage, and photographers jumping out of the way every couple of seconds. Sing-alongs and sweat beads filled up the area and it was definitely something to remember. Miss May I was sure to let everyone know that they were headlining; crazy lights and a delay of taking the stage were cool, but seen many times. Don’t get me wrong, their music is catchy and and they seem like the sweetest guys, but I just feel like I’ve seen that performance a few times already. Their most recent album sounded very familiar to the one preceding it, so maybe that swayed my views a bit. Nonetheless, they brought tons of energy and kids loved it so that’s all you can ask, right? Thumbs up to you, AP Tour.