If there were ever a tour to make you think back the old days of studded belts, scene hair, and chained wallets it would have to be To Write Love On Her Arms‘ Hope Revolution Tour featuring mid-00s favorites Hawthorne Heights and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Each ticket purchase was a donation to aid the non-profit in fulfilling their mission statement of helping those suffering from depression and anxiety, and it ironically coincided with Red Jumpsuit’s 10 year anniversary as a band and the 10th year anniversary of Hawthorne Heights’ debut album The Silence In Black & White. Talk about feeling old.
I had the absolute pleasure in attending the show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and this venue made every word, strum of the guitar or bass, and pound of the drum radiate throughout your entire body. You quite literally felt the music and the show was a perfect definition of just how powerful music can be, especially when it can bring back memories of an old life.
About the Opening Acts:
Because of L.A. traffic, I unfortunately missed a majority of Atlanta-bred Everybody Run‘s set, but of the songs I did hear I rather enjoyed and definitely inspired me to check out more of their music. Newbie East Coast rockers Senick had some nerves going on for a little bit (which is understandable since LA peeps tend to be very judgmental when it comes to music) but it was very obvious that good ol’ Hawthorne Heights was an influence for them. Who really surprised me was post hardcore/metal act Famous Last Words. Although they’re not my usual type of music, they successfully caught my interest with their energy, charisma and passion. This strongly bonded musical unit even got me to purchase their album (catch the review later on).
About the Headliners:
Co-headliner The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus put on an absolutely fantastic show considering frontman Ronnie Winter was confined to a stool during the entire set due to breaking his leg. That guy seriously had just as much vocal power as if he were bouncing around the stage and that is a huge quality to take into consideration when judging live performances. Because this was almost like a mini anniversary show for them, they played a bunch of older classics like “False Pretense,” “Damn Regret,” and “Your Guardian Angel” (which was unfortunately ruined by Winters’ girlfriend coming on stage to perform with him). They also played newer hits like “The Right Direction” from their current album 4. Apart from the girlfriend snag, Winters’ vocals were consistently haunting and dripping with emotion and honesty and the on-point instrumentation only added to the awesomeness. Who really stole the show though was the other Winters brother, Randy, because he barely had to open his mouth to let out booming screams (seriously impressive). They ended their set with their anti-domestic violence anthem “Face Down.”
The band of the hour (hours technically?) Hawthorne Heights absolutely succeeded in making you (AKA me) go into a quarter-life crisis early. It was rad to get to hear them perform their debut album The Silence In Black and White for its 10 year anniversary and it’s definitely one of those albums that deserves to be performed in full. They pretty much performed all the tracks in order as they were on the album, but went off the list to incorporate “Saying Sorry” from If Only You Were Lonely and so that they can leave the crowd belting out “Ohio Is For Lovers.” The crowd watching the set ranged from as young as junior high kids to adults in their 40s, which absolutely showed that this album had the power to resonate with all walks of life. The band truly showcased their undying passion for what they do and is something to commend with bands that have been around for ages.
The overall show was a huge success and was one of the better lineups I’ve seen in awhile. No band felt out of place musically and each put in so much emotion and passion into their music. This night made me realize that my music taste will forever be growing and reverting back to music that I enjoyed of the past. I definitely recommend catching this show if you have the time.