When a tour is named the “The House Party Tour”, you better expect that no matter what bands are performing, it’s going to quite literally be a party. Fortunately, the lineup consists of four of the rowdiest and entertaining bands by the names of The Wonder Years, Pierce the Veil, A Day to Remember and All Time Low. There is definitely never a dull moment with these bands.
Although Pierce the Veil and A Day to Remember were performing in different states for the September 22 show at the Majestic Ventura Theater, the amount of headbanging, hand clapping and crowd surfing made being inside this building feel like it was the Van’s Warped Tour. The energy radiating from The Wonder Years and All Time Low made it difficult for even the oldest parent-dragged-there-by-their-teenage-daughter to not want to join the fun.
With The Wonder Years being the opening act, they were expected to set the mood for when All Time Low came on and they definitely succeeded in doing so. Not only did they perform fan favorites like “Came Out Swinging” and “Chaser”, but lead singer Dan “Soupy” Campbell engaged in a short motivational stint with a message that could only be taken as “F*ck those who don’t believe you have the potential to succeed in life.”
All Time Low’s performances never fail to make you feel like you’re at a house party (see what I did there?) and this show was no different. Beginning with an upbeat anthem from their current album Don’t Panic, “The Reckless and the Brave” set the night up for guitarist Jack Barakat pumping up the crowd for the entire 1.5 hours, hardcore fans belting out lyrics to the entire set list at the top of their lungs, and overly peppy middle school girls screaming for lead singer Alex Gaskarth to marry them.
Due to their longer set, the band chose to add a few songs they rarely get to play (long-distance relationship narrative “If These Sheets Were States” being one of them) into the mix of their many old and new singles like “Weightless”, “Somewhere in Neverland” and “Jasey Rae”. And because they adore their fans so much, they hand-picked five of them from the crowd to sing backup to “Time-Bomb”.
The end of the show was slowed down to a mini-acoustic set featuring only Gaskarth and his rhythm guitar underneath soft lighting that made him look almost angelic. The two-song bit included “Remembering Sunday” (totally got ALL of the girls swooning and lighters in the air) and “Therapy” (a song about pain that literally makes you feel more pain when performed acoustically). Of course, they weren’t going to end there so they made the audience wait 5+ minutes (in which loud cheering of ‘one more song’ occurred) in order to make the excitement spike back up for the final two songs.
The only thing I can say about the live rendition of “A Love Like War” is, “Holy F*ck!” But really, it was pretty damn epic even without Vic Fuentes singing the chorus. It was so emotionally driven that you could quite literally feel each lyric hit you like a bomb. I was a little disappointed with the fact that they didn’t incorporate fire into the performance but I think I’ll live.
The night ended with their biggest hit “Dear Maria, Count Me In” and Barakat twerking (in a very ‘white men can’t dance’ kind of way). Definitely a satisfying show for both new and old fans and the banter between Gaskarth and Barakat made you feel like you were witnessing a live episode of Full Frontal. If you have yet to see All Time Low, don’t panic, you won’t be disappointed (sorry, the pun was just too perfect).