The excitement of the Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil World Tour has been bubbling since its announcement this summer. November kicked off this highly anticipated tour in the music scene, and hit Toms River, NJ at the Pine Belt Arena on a cold Thursday night. Nevertheless, the line built up at the high school’s venue wrapped around the school, reaching all the way to the baseball field. It’s been a year since Pierce the Veil came through New Jersey on the House Party Tour with A Day To Remember and All Time Low, so fans were thrilled to see one of their favorite bands again.
The lineup of this world tour’s first leg is certainly a diverse one. First up was the acoustic duo This Wild Life. From their lighthearted performance, you wouldn’t expect rising hardcore outfit Beartooth to follow, but it surprisingly worked really well. They were a strong warm up to the electrifying night ahead, getting more and more attraction from the crowd as their set carried on. The quality of their live sound was fantastic, as well as their strong stage presence. The short breaks made for lead singer Kevin Jordan to encourage aspiring artists to never stop working towards their goals. With each caring word and heartwarming beat, This Wild Life won the audience and got them clapping towards the explosive end of their set.
The gears of the show shifted drastically once Beartooth hit the stage. Their brutal energy was translated from their first note as lead singer Caleb Shomo shouted to the crowd, “I need energy. I need you to feel what I feel!” The intensity showed in the crowd as well; circle pits and cyclic jumping pulsed through the audience like a tidal wave, giving a lot of energy for the band to play off of with the chilling “The Lines” and anthemic “In Between”. For just being an opening band, it was pleasantly surprising to see how loudly the crowd was screaming back the words of their popular tracks like “I Have A Problem” or “Beaten In Lips”. Even the meaningful lyrics of “Body Bag” (“One life, one decision”) were spat back with an overwhelming amount of passion from fans. Beartooth’s incredible success this year truly reflects on how rousing their live performance was during the set, and its power was unforgettable.
Once it was finally time for Piece the Veil to perform, the anticipation was surely high. An enormous silhouette of the woman on Collide With The Sky draped in front of the stage and dropped dramatically as Pierce The Veil began “Hell Above”. The immense screeches of teenage girls filled the gym as confetti and excitement filled the air. One thing I didn’t like, however, was the ghastly amount of cell phone screens that surfaced in the crowd. Thankfully, the cameras subsided as the show continued, but does anyone want to live in the moment anymore?
Nevertheless, Pierce The Veil has constant momentum throughout their 60 minute set. You would never guess that the special effects were coming from a high school gym, either. Strobe and colored lights added to every bit of intensity that PTV supplied for the crowd. After watching such an exciting set, I remembered just how many successful hits this band has. The crowd knew every word to their favorites like “Caraphernelia”, “Distaterology”, and “Hold on Till May”. Even their acoustic version of “I’m Low On Gas And You Need A Jacket” was sung back to lead singer Vic Fuentes when he stopped for a dramatic pause. Pierce The Veil dominated the set with tons of fan interaction as well. Fuentes even brought a female fan on the stage and sang “Bulletproof Love” to her. It was one huge party and ended fully with their golden single “King For A Day” with Kellin Quinn of the upcoming Sleeping With Sirens. This forceful song amounted to the perfect energy to end their set on, and left a high-standing impression on the New Jersey crowd.
Although every band on the lineup put on a wonderful performance, every time I see Pierce The Veil live, they surely deliver. Whether it is the Spring Fever Tour, The House Party Tour, or their world tour, it’s guaranteed you’ll have a spectacular time at any show they play.
It was a school night for most of the audience members, but everyone stuck around at 10pm to see Sleeping With Sirens close the show. They opened with their brand new single “Kick Me” and continued with many songs off their latest album Feel. Fans were clearly excited, but couldn’t really compare to the chaos of Pierce The Veil’s forceful set. Quinn’s vocals sounded better than ever as they reached tasteful highs and powerful intensity. This world tour is the first time that they are out on the road again after quite some time, and it’s clear to see what they resting period did for their live performance quality. The fans in the crowd could be heard from miles away and complimented the meaningfulness in tracks like “A Trophy Father’s Trophy Son”.
To mix things up, they slowed down the pace of their hour-long set halfway through with acoustic songs like “Roger Rabbit” and their cover of “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls. This lighthearted element to their set gave fans a moment of pure connection with the band and their music.
Once they decided to pick things up again, they played more new tracks and opened up an extremely large circle pit, giving fans the opportunity to go wild as they closed with “If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn”. Even though the set seemed to be over after this song, their fans still wanted more. They cheered desperately for an encore, and Sleeping With Sirens granted their wish with their popular hit “If You Can’t Hang”. This well-known track encouraged the entire crowd to sing and move along as the world tour in New Jersey came to an end.