|Chris Fronzak, vocals, Attila, Ace of Spades, Sacramento|
For this show, the majority of the Ace of Spades is configured for "all ages", no alcohol: I'm thinking: these are metalcore-cum-boy-bands, hardly out of their teens themselves or trying hard to remain teenaged into their thirties.. the sort of band you'll see at Vans Warped, floppy hair and metal tuning. And yes, there was some of that--Crown The Empire especially boy-band-esque but with a screaming twist.
|Crown The Empire, Sacramento|
|Wall Of Death, Attila, Ace of Spades, Sacramento|
|Tyler Dennen, vocals, Sworn In, Sacramento|
Of the four bands, I found Like Moths To Flames most enjoyable, probably because they mix some melody and clean singing in with the more typical hardcore screams and yells. OK, "core" is not my music of choice: I love the energy, and the action, but I like to hear singers who truly sing. Given the number of people at the show, I was one of the minority who was there for reasons other than being a totally-devoted fan. There were also a few brave parents, accompanying their kids. Some of whom have obviously spent so much time listening to their kids' fave bands that they know all the words...
|Aaron Evans, bass, Like Moths To Flames, Sacramento|
|Chris Roetter, vocals, Like Moths To Flames, Sacramento|
And that set the tone for Attila.
To my ears, every word of each and every Attila song rhymed with duck, and there was no quacking, no feathers, and no kindness. That was the limit: of the vocabulary, of the lyrics, of the words, and of the entire F-you sentiment.
I find it hard, and very sad, that the whole, sold-out venue of kids are raising themselves to think that's more than OK.
|Crowd and circle pit, Attila, Ace of Spades, Sacramento|
It's been a crazy week: non-peaceful Ferguson protests, insane shoppers on Black Friday, and kids who think it's OK to have little or no respect for other people while classing it as "music". I feel a little old... I now understand why earlier generations always say, "the world is not the same as it was". Words used to mean something... other than a middle finger.
Guys? You can obviously make music. You've obviously enough talent to draw a huge audience, and the energy to maintain a following. Give Peace A Chance.
When I left the venue, it was raining. I played The War On Drugs all the way home.
All photos link to Toon's Tunes photo galleries: or click here for Attila, Crown The Empire, Like Moths To Flames, and Sworn In.
Agree or disagree with this review? Join the discussion on our Facebook page!