Saturday, November 17, 2012

Concert Review: The Thug In Me Is You Tour - Falling In Reverse, Enter Shikari, and LetLive.


Author: Tori

On November 15 I attended The Thug In Me Is You tour in Orlando, Fl. The lineup featured Falling In Reverse, Enter Shikari and Letlive. Each band embraced true showmanship and the evening presented me with impeccable music from every act.

First on stage was Letlive and I have never witnessed a lead singer as unique as Jason Butler. Throughout their set several adjectives came to mind including brilliant, emotional, and strong. You can tell that Jason is emotionally invested in every song and he isn't afraid to express himself through his singing and his movements on stage. He conveyed so much throughout the performance and it was so well executed; I truly believe that Letlive is a brilliant act. One thing I love about the LetLive is that they showed their appreciation for every fan at the show and thanked everyone for supporting their local music scene. Performance wise, I felt like the rest of the band didn't measure up in comparison to the lead singer but the music certainly made up for their lack of energy. I must admit that it was hard to take my eyes off of the lead singer because I never knew what he was going to do next. By the end of their set he had jumped in the crowd, laid down on the ground for half of a song, knocked down a guitar, climbed on a speaker, and rolled over a drum set. If that doesn't impress you, nothing will.

Continuing the theme of great music and entertainment was Enter Shikari. Their music combined dubstep breakdowns with rock music to create their own style (which some might refer to as crunkcore or another interesting sub-genre title). There are very few bands out there that share a similar genre and even less of them can execute it as tastefully as Enter Shikari; they didn't overdo it with the dubstep elements, it was perfectly balanced. Aside from the great music, the band was on fire (not literally, just referring to their energy level) from the moment they arrived on stage to the second they left. The audience clearly responded to their amped up energy because I have never seen a crowd so enthusiastic. The jumping, cheering, and screaming was non-stop and every security guards had their work cut out for them...they were catching crowd surfers throughout the set without a break. Enter Shikari knew how to pump up the crowd and their set was really fun to watch.

Last but certainly not least on stage was Falling In Reverse and let me start off by saying that no words can truly describe this concert (because it was that incredible) but I will try my best to do it justice. The show started off in an interesting way...with a viral video of a cat projected on a screen. I suppose that was Ronnie showing off his humor. The introduction then cut to a video of a limo door opening as three female models in bikinis walked out followed by each member of FIR, three more models, and then Ronnie being introduced as the "future president of the United States".  As the lights went dim, the screen dropped and the band ran on stage to perform "The Westerner". Falling In Reverse is one of the most intensely powerful live bands and Ronnie is one of the best performers I have ever seen; I couldn't take my eyes off of the stage for two seconds because I was mesmerized by his stage presence. He doesn't have to do much to grab your attention; his vocals are powerful and he knows exactly how to engage the audience (no, not by throwing microphone stands into the crowd but by being a fantastic storyteller through his lyrics. His songs are inspired by several experiences in his life and it is amazing that Ronnie isn't afraid to share his stories in every song). After seeing them live I can conclude that the other members of Falling In Reverse don't get enough credit; Jacky Vincent played an intense guitar solo while drinking a bottle of water and Ryan Seaman's drum solo was really impressive as well. Falling In Reverse nailed every aspect of their live show down to the very last note. Without a doubt, the highlight of the show was when Ronnie took us back to 2006 and performed the Escape The Fate classic hit "Situations". I am not exaggerating when I say that Falling In Reverse put on one of the best shows I have ever witnessed... I couldn't find a single flaw. Check out the remaining tour dates here: http://www.facebook.com/fallinginreverseofficial

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