Apart from the Vans Warped Tour, it’s sometimes hard to find a national tour filled with an array of energetic and passionate bands and the Glamour Kills Tour is a very, VERY close second. This year’s installment for their Spring Break portion featured a group of bands that not only have that energy and passion, but also ooze charisma from their very pores and work their asses to push through sicknesses and perform to the smallest of venues (in this case, the Constellation Room in Santa Ana, CA.
Opening acts ROAM and As It Is, both newcomers hailing from the UK, got the crowd pumped up and ready to rock for the headliners. ROAM gave off a skate punk, The Wonder Years vibe while As It Is made us feel reminiscent of old school New Found Glory with a pop twist. Both bands went into stories about when they used to tour together and proved to fans that music can create true friendships.
Headliners Against The Current and Set It Off only increased the energy of the even more sauna-like room by performing headbanging, lyric-belting song after headbanging, lyric-belting song and it was plain to see why they were chosen as the headliners. Against The Current proved that they deserved to be signed to Fueled By Ramen with uplifting and attention-commanding vocals from front woman Chrissy Costanza despite her fighting off a cold that night. The band played their latest EP Gravity in its entirety and weaved in tracks from their Infinity EP, as well as a fun rendition of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ “Uptown Funk.”
Set It Off was fantastically theatrical and over-the-top from the start of the set to its end. They mainly performed tracks from their angst-ridden current album Duality, but also incorporated a few songs from their debut album Cinematics and their Horrible Kids EP. Lead singer Cody Carson engaged the fans on a personal level and even crowd surfed, which came as a surprise to the audience, while each band member brought 200% to making the crowd go wild. The set list itself was filled with some of the obvious breakup tracks (i.e.: “Ancient History,” “Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing,” “Swan Song”), but also focused on giving the fans some uplifting musical encouragement (“Forever Stuck In Our Youth,” “Dream Catcher,” “Tomorrow”). The night ended with the foot stomping, hand clapping, lyric screaming “Why Worry.”
Each band on this year’s Glamour Kills Spring Break Tour absolutely killed it and proved their potential to really shine. ROAM and As It Is had the chance to introduce themselves to new fangirls while Against The Current and Set It Off solidified their presence as bands that are going to be household names really soon. Despite feeling like I lost 10lbs in sweat and being pushed and shoved while bouncing around during each set, the lineup flowed so well that I would’ve never guessed that the set was only 3 hours. Long live music!