Friday night, the annual Alternative Press Magazine tour (The AP tour) took over Rams Head Live in Baltimore. The lineup consisted of Sharks, The Swellers, Gallows, and Title Fight with Four Year Strong headlining the tour package–it ruled. The night consisted of circle pits, friendship, mini dance parties, and group vocals with a dash of stage dives.
Title Fight’s performance literally gave me goosebumps. The melodic hardcore/pop punk group from Kingston, PA, opened their set with my personal favorite song, “Shed,” which couldn’t have been a better way to start. Title Fight also preformed a variety songs off of the split they released with the Erection Kids in 2007. In a world where everyone is always trying to impress people and put up a front, Title Fight has never been a group to release music that gave off vibes of something they aren’t, which is why I am so proud of these boys for finally getting the recognition they truly deserve.
Gallows was great band to open up for Four Year Strong. They delivered an action packed set that got the audience pumped, which was surprising to many since in early July Frank Carter, the original frontman of Gallows, decided to part ways with the band, being replaced with Alexisonfire’s former guitarist Wade MacNeil.
Four Year Strong played new songs off In Some Way Shape or Form, which drops November 8th on Decadaydance/Motown Records along with classic songs from Rise or Die Trying and the bands Sophomore album Enemy of The World. As a diehard (by diehard I mean for Christmas two years ago my friend got us tickets to the hometown show at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts) Four Year Strong fan, it was a very interesting experience seeing them live since the departure of former member Josh Lyford. The group decided to take this new album in a different direction that does not involve the use of synthesizers and continue as four piece. Josh Lyford always had a certain stage presence that cannot be replaced, and although Four Year Strong’s set was fantastic Friday night, I felt a missed connection between the crowd and the band that was never felt while Lyford a member of Four Year Strong. I guess Josh Lyford was to Four Year Strong what Lil Debbie is to Kreayshawn in White Girl Mob… but at the end of the night when you’re surrounded by a group of long time friends and Four Year Strong is preforming “Manic (R.O.D),” life still feels a certain kind of awesome that can’t be described but only experienced if you have been apart of this lifestyle/community….