It’s wild to think about once-small bands becoming massive, household names. It’s another thing entirely to see it happen in such a short amount of time. I hadn’t seen Pierce The Veil perform a headlining set in about six or seven years before Sunday night, but things have definitely changed in their favor.
Co-headlining The World Tour with Sleeping With Sirens, PTV are unleashing everything they’ve got with a production as huge as their ever-growing fanbase. It certainly helps that SWS are equally as huge of a band, making their partnership only ideal. Armed with openers PVRIS and Mallory Knox on this second leg of the tour, things are getting pretty wild, and the second night in Philadelphia absolutely proved that.
Opening the show was Mallory Knox, a rock group from the UK on their first ever North American tour. Singer Mikey Chapman has a rather unique voice that could come off as a mixture of Anberlin‘s Stephen Christian and As Tall As Lions‘ Dan Nigro. The band commanded the room from the very start and appeared to get the hang of us Yanks. Newcomers to their sound (AKA: most of the room) appeared to catch on quickly, which seems as if their time in America is a grand success thus far.
Up next was PVRIS, an incredibly promising band from Boston with a rapidly-expanding fanbase after each show of the tour. Last seen supporting Mayday Parade, PVRIS had a great amount of their own fans rushing to the front to catch them. Frontwoman Lynn Gunn has the admiration of a (likable) politician and the voice of an archangel sent to teach everyone a lesson. With a selection of tracks from their well-received 2014 debut record White Noise (including fan favorite “St. Patrick”), the band blew me and everyone else away.
Pierce The Veil took the stage next, after I realized that they and Sleeping With Sirens swapped headlining spots between that night and the night before. The band dropped a white tarp in front of the stage to set things up before using it to open their set with a show of shadows, which led to the explosive opener “Hell Above”. Frontman Vic Fuentes was in full form, noticeably comfortable in his position as the ringleader. Seeing them perform such a big show took me back to 2007 when their debut record A Flair For The Dramatic was released; back then, it was a rarity to see a PTV show, as the band hardly ever seemed to tour, let alone headline in support of an outstanding debut record (which still holds true to be their best). Now? You can’t seem to escape the band. Their set included a selection from their previous two records Collide With The Sky and Selfish Machines, sadly leaving out even a single song from their debut. That aside, Pierce The Veil absolutely annihilated their second night in Philadelphia.
Sleeping With Sirens closed out the show with a bombastic intro followed by their impressive new single “Kick Me”, which is to be featured on their upcoming record Madness, out next month. Frontman Kellin Quinn is no stranger to the spotlight of the scene, but his endearing attitude to the crowd and even his bandmates made him seem like the happiest person on the stage. This was my first time catching the band with latest addition Nick Martin (formerly of Underminded and D.R.U.G.S.), and he was probably the best thing about SWS’ live show altogether. It’s always a treat to catch him perform and he seems like he’s found his niche with this band. SWS slowed things down at the end of their set, which included acoustic favorite “Roger Rabbit” and a cover of Goo Goo Dolls‘ “Iris”. Things picked back up to close the show with favorite staples “If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn” and “If You Can’t Hang”.
Be sure to catch The World Tour as it approaches and destroys your city for the next two weeks. Then, if the name is as accurate as it claims, the pair will go overseas.