The great thing about music is that there will always be differing opinions. No matter what the issue at hand is, there will always be an assortment of views. In the spirit of that, I’d like to introduce MEB Discussion, a new feature where different staffers take part in conversations about various topics in the music world. Today, M.J. Rawls and Nick Niedzielski discuss the slate of fall/winter tours that have recently been announced. Check out what we have to say, then let us know your opinions in the comments!
Nick: It’s the time of year where a ton of new tours get announced. Which fall/winter tour intrigues you the most?
MJ: Hmm… that Yellowcard/Memphis May Fire tour is intriguing just because I don’t know how the hell the fans are going to react. Limp Bizkit/Machine Gun Kelly because, with no new material, I don’t know if fans are going to go for yet ANOTHER nostalgic tour.
Nick: Yeah that Yellowcard/MMF tour is insane to me. I really don’t get it. I understand that tours with different genre bands are tools to gain new fans, but I don’t see any way that Yellowcard fans would be turned into Memphis May Fire fans and vice versa. Their attitudes just don’t seem like they’d mesh well. But this is from someone who doesn’t listen to Memphis May Fire and only knows them as another generic metalcore band with a douchey singer. Do you listen to them? Do you think this tour is a good idea?
MJ: I don’t know because it’s a drastic change in genre. The demographic is going to be all wacked. When I saw Yellowcard, it was mostly girls and stuff. That only works some of the time. Memphis May Fire is your typical sing/scream metalcore band. Yellowcard is pop/punk. Nobody is going to circle pit to “Ocean Avenue”. Now, I could see a Memphis May Fire/We Came As Romans tour, but this?
Nick: Yeah I saw Yellowcard a few years ago with All Time Low and even that crowd was a strange mix that didn’t mesh well. The Yellowcard crowd (at least at that show) skewed way older than the All Time Low crowd, and I could see that being the case here too. My best guess for the thought process behind this tour is that Yellowcard didn’t want to do a tour with conventional pop/punk bands, which makes me think that their new record will be even more of a departure for them. Which could be a really cool thing. I just think MMF is a shitty band and I don’t really like seeing Yellowcard associated with them. But it’s not up to me.
So speaking of pop punk tours, there have been a shit load of them announced. Any that catch your eye?
MJ: Yellowcard lost their drummer, so a change of sound could really be in the cards for them.
A couple intrigue me. The Hawthorne Heights/Red Jumpsuit Apparatus tour because it’s the 10th anniversary of The Silence In Black and White and I wonder if they are going to play it front to back. The Pure Noise Tour could be good as well with State Champs and Heart to Heart. The Crown The Empire/Volumes tour as well. You?
Nick: That Silence In Black And White tour is really interesting. I’m curious to see how well it draws. Like, I could see people my age going for nostalgia’s sake, but that record really is pretty unlistenable now. And RJA seem completely washed up. I honestly had no idea they were still a band after the first record. That Pure Noise tour should be great for State Champs. They should be the next band from that scene to blow up. For me, the Citizen tour with You Blew It! and Hostage Calm is probably my most anticipated, along with the Dads/Tiny Moving Parts tour. But nothing will heal the wounds caused by that Foxing/The Hotelier tour not coming near me. I just moved to Charlotte from Austin and the lack of tours coming through here is killing me.
Back to that Limp Bizkit/Machine Gun Kelly tour you mentioned (because I blacked out when you first brought it up), would people actually go see that? Is that a thing?
MJ: Hahaha, yea I agree [about TSIBAW]. I tried to listen to it the other day and just couldn’t. Maybe because the recording quality is kind of dated. I love You Blew It!, great band. Also, State Champs are probably going to be headlining a Warped Tour spot in the near future, I think.
The Limp Bizkit/MGK tour… I actually don’t think so. MGK has his loyal following, but not enough to fill Tower Theater in Philly. Limp Bizkit has been a shell of themselves for YEARS. Mostly because Fred Durst.
I like that there are a lot of reuniting and up-and-coming bands on tours this year. Rock music in general is alive and well and I’m happy about that.
Nick: Yeah, there are a lot of good lineups out there, and I’m sure there will be more to come, so I’d say this is shaping up to be a pretty great season of tours. Minus that Limp Bizkit/MGK tour and all the contractible disease it’ll bring with it. But hey, that’s what vaccinations are for, right?