I was able to capture some photos of Taste of Chaos festival tour yesterday when it came to Kansas City, at Crossroads. I was pretty excited for this show, simply because these are a few of the bands I grew up listening to. You never grow tired of listening to the bands you idolized in school.
The first band to hit the stage was The Early November. The New Jersey rock outfit hit the stage to a solid ovation from the crowd as we still had the beating sun pouring its heat upon the concertgoers. Opening their set with "Decoration", frontman Ace Enders sounded on point, commanding the stage with confident control like the veteran he is. The melodic guitar workings of "Ultra" Bill Lugg and Joseph Marro were a pleasantry to have. The band sounded fierce thanks in part to the consistent and strong stylings of drummer Jeff Kummer and the low end power of bassist Sergio Anello. This band was a solid opening to an intense tour.
Next up after a short break was the post-hardcore icons, Saosin.
Recently returned frontman Anthony Green knows how to steal a show, this much is true. His hold over the audience with his wild stage antics and his talent-infused vocal capabilities was chilling. The band destroyed the Crossroads in the way only they can, even inviting a guy and his girlfriend on stage to watch the rest of their performance simply because he was singing so energetically to every song. These are the moments I'm proud to work in the music industry. Check out a few photos of their set here:
As the sun began to set and relieve some people of the heat, the New York rockers of legendary status, Taking Back Sunday hit the stage.
Hitting it off with Cute Without the 'E' out of the gate, the crowd was at peak volume levels, almost combatting the band. Band members Adam Lazzara, John Nolan, Eddie Reyes, Shaun Cooper and Mark O'Connell looked to be in prime condition, and it showed in their fluid stage movements, on-point musicality and the drawing interest of the crowd. Photos below!
After a good 20 or so minutes of oddly placed tracks from the soundtrack of Back to the Future, one of the most well-known emo-rockers on the planet, Dashboard Confessional came to bring the 'feels' to the audience.
Opening their set with their classic "Vindicated", the crowd was in their zone and was ready to stay all night if it meant listening to Chris Carrabba and crew bringing this nostalgic feeling alive. The band sounds and plays like they haven't aged at all as far as appearances, yet have aged drastically in terms of their experience and ability.
These were stage veterans on this tour showing the younger guys how it's done. Whether your tastes are emo-rock, pop punk in style, or most along the hardcore edge, there was something for everybody, and the audience definitely had gotten themselves a little taste of chaos during this show.
Review of Taste of Chaos by Colt Coan