Collide With The Sky Tour at El Corazon
The Collide With The Sky tour was one of the most unforgettable shows of 2012. I won’t lie, Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens are guilty pleasures of mine, but I was actually more excited to watch Hands Like Houses. They’re one of the most underrated bands around right now, but considering the giant venues this tour has been selling out, I’m assuming they’ll get closer to being a household name very soon. The show was sold out and had been for some time, which made me curious as to why a bigger venue wasn’t chosen. Oh well though, everyone fit and the venue was packed full twenty minutes after doors opened.
Australian natives Hands Like Houses took the stage, and provided the room with 30 minutes of perfection. The fast keyboard, beautiful and unique vocalist’s singing abilities, and floral button-ups were all pieces of the Hands Like Houses magic. As it was the first band, nothing too insane happened with the crowd, but when the guys played their single “Lion Skin” things began to pick up and more people than I expected sang along and started jamming with the six piece. It was a flawless way to begin in the evening (actually, they could have played all night and I would have been happy).
Tonight Alive came on next and are apparently from Australia as well. It seems like all of the talented Australians came out of the woodwork at the same time, cool beans. Vocalist Jenna McDougall wears skin tight skinny jeans and giant flannel shirts so you wouldn’t really know what to expect if you haven’t listened before. The group is fun and definitely catchy, Jenna’s voice is (of course) quite reminiscent of Hayley Williams but I think that’s just a requirement for female vocalists in popular “rock” groups these days. Tonight Alive was slightly forgettable, but managed to get the crowd jumping, enjoying Jenna’s big grin and powerful performance.
Sometimes I think the band should be called Kellin Quinn & Sleeping With Sirens (when’s the last time you saw a photo of just one of the other bandmates?). Don’t get me wrong, the guys are all equally talented and know how to make music that is easy to like. They’re fun, bouncy, and it’s impossible to not get their songs trapped in your head. The Florida natives began with a bang, the crowd picked up big time, and my earplugs went in. That makes me sound old, but when your career is spent standing two feet from humongous speakers, it becomes a necessity if you plan to actually hear things in the future. One of my favorite parts of the set was just how apparent it was that the band love what they do and even more so, their fans. 14 year old girls were screaming at (married) vocalist Kellin Quinn the entire time and he kept smiling, cracking jokes with his band mates, and singing his peppy songs. “If You Can’t Hang” rules and you know you can’t deny it.
After playing the main stage at this year’s Warped Tour, El Corazon was a drastic crowd volume change for Pierce The Veil. However, you’d actually think they prefer it this way with the how the band acted throughout. The three members not behind a set of drums, were hugging fans, grabbing hands, and stage diving all night. Their fans are so overwhelming passionate; one girl crowd surfed to the front a couple of times and was crying each time she hit the stage. Bassist Jaime Preciado is one of my favorite musicians to photograph and generally makes me feel good about the current music industry. There were a couple of rare moments where I witnessed him not smiling at the crowd, but they were certainly few and far between. These guys love what they do, and genuinely work hard to make you love it too. Not a boring second was had during the set, especially not when Kellin Quinn came out to perform “King For A Day” as the encore of the night. It felt as though every single person stage dove at some point during this song and soon buckets of confetti filled the air, kids were crying and stage diving, and I think I felt some sweat condensation drip from the ceiling. I don’t need to tell you to check out Pierce The Veil, because you and I both know that you secretly love them.