"I’m falling in and out again!"
This review is going to be fairly short because I got to the show late (school) and left the show early (a friend wasn’t feeling good, we were there mostly for TSSF anyway). Here goes…
Once upon a time I heard an album called Under Soil and Dirt. It was an album I’d never heard before, by a band I’d never heard of before called The Story So Far. Apparently, their band name is from a New Found Glory song, but I wouldn’t know ‘cos I don’t listen to NFG. After hearing about three or four songs from this album I had falling in love with TSSF and didn’t know if I would ever fall out (please excuse my lame pun, haha). They play Pop/Punk perfectly. They have all the proper ingredients for a good Pop/Punk sound, but add their own little secret stuff here and there to solidify their own sound. They’re catchy without being repetitive and lame, they’re emotional without sounding like cry-babies, they’re aggressive/loud without sounding like wannabe tough guys, and they’re fun without sacrificing seroiusness. USAD is a perfect debut album, maybe even too perfect.
I’ve seen youtube videos of their live show and was impressed by how legit they sound live. They were a little lacking in stage presence, but the crowd raged along with them regardless. Well, let’s suffice to say they left no stone unturned when I saw them. They sounded great, played great, and the crowd responded great. Parker is one of those rare singers that has a natural voice and he sounds just as good live as he does recorded. He’s also a gifted lyricist and gets the listener involved in every word he says. Like Pat Flynn in the Have Heart Live DVD, Parker wouldn’t have to sing a single word if he didn’t want to. The crowd is almost as loud as the PA system, and I was in the thick of it. I was picking kids up every minute or so to help them crowd surf, as I was singing along, jumping along, and also doing some crowd surfing. The guitar players moved around a lot more than I remember from their videos they seemed to be having as great a time playing as we were watching.
TSSF played all the jams from USAD (which is almost the entire album, haha) and even played some songs from the new album. I was impressed ‘cos the crowd already knew the words to 2 of the new songs! It just goes to show how popular TSSF has gotten to be in the past two or three years. Parker poured his voice over the venue and shared the mic with the crowd a bit, but like I said we didn’t really need the mic to be heard. They didn’t headline, which I was little bummed about, but they played a really good, really loud, really fun set. It was my first time seeing them live (I’d missed them when they were here in December, I was at my brother’s wedding) and they killed. I can’t wait to see them again at Warped this year.
Thanks again to all my fellow show-goers for making it a fun night, and thanks to TSSF for playing a great set. See y’all next time.