Last Thursday, October 18th, 2012 I had the privilege to attend the Alternative Press Tour (AP Tour). The bands performing on this tour from opener to headliner included: Glass Cloud, The Amity Affliction, Like Moths to Flames, The Ghost Inside and Miss May I. Where oh where do I even begin? I guess I will begin with the location of this show, Royale Boston Nightclub. It is a large venue that is perfect to host shows like the AP Tour. It has a dance floor directly in front of the stage where kids often get rowdy, and then around the edges of the room are chairs, tables, couches, and plenty of room to stand back from the screaming and thrashing crowd, not to mention that for guests over 21, Royale has a huge bar. The venue is large enough so you don’t feel crowded, the sound quality is great, and if you’re standing in the back of the room you can still hear the concert and see it quite well!
Moving on. Glass Cloud was the opener for the AP Tour; a beginner metal core band from Virginia signed to Equal Vision Records who released their debut album, The Royal Thousand, just this year on July 10th! I’ve never seen Glass Cloud before but I was very impressed with their stage presence. They had amazing energy and really kept the crowd engaged.
Next up came the Amity Affliction from Australia! This post-hardcore band just released their third album, Chasing Ghosts, on September 18th, 2012 in the United States. It debuted at number one on the Australian albums chart, a huge success for the band. Their clean vocalist, Ahren Stringer, sounded just as good, if not better than he does on their albums which doesn’t happen too often. The Amity Affliction is hugely successful in Europe and Australia, but less so in the United States. Regardless, they had a great crowd reaction from Boston!
The third band to take the stage was Like Moths to Flames. These guys are amazing in my opinion. I had the chance to see them once earlier this year and they blew my mind. When We Don’t Exist was the first studio album from the band, which was released November 8th, 2011. “GNF” and “Your Existence” were two of my favorite songs they performed. Chris, the vocalist, is a lot of fun to watch and he is constantly moving. Aaron, bassist and backing vocals, gets extremely into the music and when you watch him you can tell that he is completely absorbed in the show.
Next was The Ghost Inside, one of my personal favorites, from Los Angeles, California. The band is signed to Epitaph Records and released their third album, Get What You Give, on June 19th of this year. Vigil, the vocalist, came on stage with his normal abundance of energy. He’s extremely versed in utilizing the stage and engaging the crowd in the songs. The whole band performed amazingly as always.
Last up was Miss May I, the headliner. Per usual this band absolutely rocked it out. “Day by Day” one of their songs off the new album At Heart, was my personal favorite. I would encourage every to look at the music video they just dropped…and just imagine it sounding even better live. Levi’s vocals were on point the entire night and Boston thrashed to their energetic metal music. STAY METAL…and check all these bands out!
Be sure to also check out my interview with Miss May I’s vocalist, Levi and The Ghost Inside’s vocalist, Vigil at: