Saturday, October 29 saw me heading, at a brisk 75 miles per hour, from Dallas, TX to the Alamo City Music Hall in San Antonio, TX to see MEMPHIS MAY FIRE and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA co-headlining, along with support acts SILVERSTEIN and LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES on The Rise Up Tour in for the kill.
LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES started out the night. LMTF bassist, Aaron Evans, was the highlight of their set for me. His energy onstage was incredible and the interaction with the fans was fun to watch. Having not seen SILVERSTEIN since the 2015 Vans Warped Tour stop in Dallas, TX, I was ready. They brought a great setlist, and persevered through some serious technical difficulties before hammering out “Sacrifice”, “Smile”, “Ghost” and others. Their set saw the first crowd surfing of the night, and some great participation from the fans.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA brought an amazing stage set up, and the anticipation was building as they tore everything down and rebuilt in record time. I could barely hear myself think past the collective cheers when TDWP waltzed on stage and blew the lid off the Alamo City Music Hall. Anytime I can hear “Outnumbered” and “Escape” from the Zombie EP live I’ll take it, not to mention “Assistant to the Regional Manager”, “Evergreen” and “First Sight”.
Their newest album, Transit Blues, received a 9/10 rating here at A&GS, and one of the standout tracks, “Daughter”, was a treat to hear live. Did I forget to mention that vocalist Mike Hranica decided to try for higher ground atop the massive stage speakers? Nope? Okay, then.
There’s something inherently moving in the music of MEMPHIS MAY FIRE. Touring behind their This Light I Hold album, Saturday was my second time seeing them this year, and it was everything we know their shows to be: high energy, with a powerful connection with the audience. They opened their set with “Carry On”, an incredible heartfelt track off their new album, with songs from their previous records, such as “Prove Me Right”, “Stay The Course” and “No Ordinary Love” following in step behind.
Throughout the night, Alamo City Music Hall was a frothing sea of metal enthusiasts. Small pockets of fans could be seen moshing all over the venue, and even a group of youths (6 to 10 years old) started their own, though short lived, circle pit around their parents. It’s exciting to see bands with a positive message about learning to love yourself for who you are making continuing to make waves in the music industry.
The Rise Up Tour wraps up on November 4, so you only have a couple more days to get out and see these great bands. If I can road trip to see them, so can you!
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