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I Never Thøught We’d Make it Øut Alive| It’s All in Your Gøød-Bye’s

21 Jan

Underøath @ the Sound Academy, Toronto| Photo Credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Underøath @ the Sound Academy, Toronto| Photo Credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Concert Review by: Jeanette LeBlanc

“I really wish I could, reset, rewind”

On Friday January 18th, hundreds of fans piled into the Sound Academy in Toronto to say good-bye to yet another amazing band; UNDERØATH. Myself being a long-time fan, I’d have to say that the only bad part about the show was the fact that they held such an incredible performance- I know you must be thinking that’s not a bad thing, but trust me, when your saying good-bye, it makes it a hell of a lot more difficult.

“This is the moment that we all live for, are you ready?”

The band opened with Viper Pit “Breathing in a New Mentality”, and the crowd really began to warm up. That song was then followed by D-Biz “It’s Dangerous Business Walking out Your Front Door”, by now the crowd was on fire. Bodies were flying everywhere and arms were held high, it was amazing to see so much passion in one venue. There’s something about the way their vocalist Spencer Chamberlain tosses his hair around and throws all of him-self into the microphone, that really engages you. Not to mention the energy of keyboardist Chris Dudley, I found my eyes glued to him for long periods of time- I could truly feel his passion for what he was doing.

“It’s all worth reaching for, the hand to pull you out”

Another amazing contribution that I love about Underøath performances is that they always have incredible lighting effects that they combine with really interesting and relative videography. These effects always stood out during their interludes, they make you feel like you are a part of the music. During “In Division” it almost felt as if I was in the middle of a lighting sound storm (no, I was not on drugs), it was just amazing how the effects can create such a powerful mood.

“Living inside a hole they put me underground, where they can never find me unless they dig me out”

After an amazing combination of new and old songs, the time to say good-bye came and went. While Spencer was thanking everyone and telling us how blessed he felt, I learned that we were the only Canadian show on the tour which in turn made us all feel blessed and appreciative. I think it’s safe to say that we represented Canada in a way that would make any fan proud. Now of course, with Underoath’s farewell speech came an encore; “Casting Such a Thin Shadow”, “A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White”, and as per the crowd’s chants, “Writing on the Walls”. Needless to say, they said good-bye in the best way possible. Fans were left satisfied and speechless; the only thought streaming through my head was a constant flow of Underoath lyrics. After leaving the Sound Academy that night, I knew immediately that Underøath was more than just a band- Underøath is an emotional journey for everyone they have touched and they will never end as long as we are willing to continue to let them live on.

“In this moment that we both ignore the truth, it’s all over”


Saying Farewell to Growing up | The Only Band Ever

15 Jan
Alexisonfire @ The Copps Coliseum, December 30th, 2012 | credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Alexisonfire @ The Copps Coliseum, December 30th, 2012 | credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Concert Review By: Jeanette LeBlanc

On December 30th, 2012, something big happened in my life- well my music life. I stood in the floor section at the Copps Coliseum and watched as thousands of us “fans” said good-bye. Good-bye to the only band ever, Alexisonfire. I think it’s safe to say that Alexisonfire started something big in the rock music industry, and that was being the first band with screaming vocals that our parents didn’t insist we turn off while we felt like a bunch of bad-ass’ (well at least at my house). My Mom would always say “I love that Green guy, he’s amazing”. Yes, she was refferring to Dallas Green, no matter how many times I told her his full name, it just wouldn’t stick. It then became evident that our parents were not the only “non-delinquents” who could tollerate and enjoy the band, because before we all knew it- they were on the radio! And boy did it make us kids happy. Alexisonfire was now that really cool band that related to and accepted everyone- regardless of whatever “clique” you were involved in, everyone liked them and if you didn’t, you weren’t about to make fun of some kid who did.

The self-titled album “Alexisonfire” came out on September 9th, 2002- this put me around 11 years-old and I feel like I must have been older but I do remember listening to them at my local pre-teen dance and thinking that 44 Caliber Love Letter and myself were the coolest things happening in the dance but one of them was wearing fishnets and black lipstick- and fortunately for everyone else’s sake, it was not Alexisonfire. That album really influenced and helped me stay true to my taste in heavy music at that age, and I’m so apprieciative of that now because thinking back, the most popular songs at that dance were Dutty Wine and Usher’s Oh– just thank god.

Eventually, after awkward pre-teen bumn grabs and the ugliest stage of puberty- highschool came along, and with that came Watch Out! I have to say, this one really had the strongest impact in my life. Grade 9 was a terrifying year for me, as it is for everyone else and I honestly think Alexisonfire knew that. They knew exactly how to relate to the up’s and down’s, the heart-break, the anxiety, the excitement and the reality of being a teenager. Watch Out! got me ready for school everyday and put me to sleep every night. People came and went during that time but somehow, no matter how far away I may have drifted from Alexisonfire at times, reuniting with them always felt good and as if no time had passed.

Finally, after more heart-break and exploring of the unknown, 2006 brought us Crisis and with that came Rough Hands– my all-time favourite song. Rough Hands made me feel love and loved. It’s scary how everytime I listen to the album I can just imagine myself as the old me and feel like I’ve managed to travel back in time to that moment where I felt content and excited.

2009 came faster than I expected and with it, another flawless album- Old Crows/ Young Cardinals. Now I know that three years is the average amount of time it takes for a band to release a new album but to me, that gap between albums was basically my highschool years, which meant that Old Crows/ Young Cardinals truely felt like a new start and it really did sound like it too. That album brought along changing seasons and a whole new love that I didn’t even know existed.

Everything over the years brought me to Copps Coliseum that day, and by the looks on everyone else’s faces, I wasn’t alone in feeling that way. Alexisonfire’s fans proved that they are more than just a band, they are the only band ever. The passion and dedication in that stadium was clearly evident and Alexisonfire deserved every ounce of respect that was thrown their way that night and throughout every single show they have ever played. They proved that being an Alexisonfire fan isn’t about having Alexisonfire tattoos, knowing the words to every song, dressing like you just came out of a rock music video, or even being cool. Being an Alexisonfire fan is about growing up and every single thing that comes along with it. George Pettit told us that night that “This is not a funeral but a celebration” and those words really stuck with me because it truely was a celebration- a celebration of growing up.

Rock and Roll’s Latest and Greatest Addition | Monster Truck

14 Jan
Monster Truck @The Sound Academy

Monster Truck @The Sound Academy | credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Concert Review by: Jeanette LeBlanc

Attending concerts regularly is what I do, and it’s what I’ve been doing since I can remember and unless if some unforeseen tragic circumstance occurs in the future that will prevent me from being able to attend- then it’s what I’m going to keep on doing. On August 18th, 2012- I attended 102.1 The Edge’s Dean Blundell Show’s Sausagefest at The Sound Academy (my favorite Toronto concert venue).The show was bad-ass of course (102.1 The Edge events never disappoint)and it was hosted by members of the Dean Blundell Show, featuring some pretty entertaining performers; comedian Craig Gass, an embarrassing- yet funny karaoke performance from die-hard listener/ #1 Dean Blundell Show hater- Adrian, along with awesome bands like The Salads, The Watchmen and most importantly Monster Truck.

Now as I said before, I see cool rock bands all the time (not trying to boast or anything) but these guys were different. THEY BLEW MY MIND. They opened with their single “Seven Sea Blues” which got them noticed and played regularly on the radio, and man was it bad-ass. These guys have the stage presence and “swagger” of reincarnated rock stars from the 1970’s, and they do it without even trying or looking stupid. They consist of a combination of powerful vocals and guitar riffs that sound so bad-ass that when you’re listening to them you can’t help but feel like you’re in a really cool scene of some Quintin Tarantino flick.

Needless to say, they truly are a “Rock and Roll” band, only modernized and turned up a couple of notches. If you have an opportunity to see them, regardless of what category of rock music you listen to- these guys will bring it; they will make you feel like that 15 year-old die-hard rocker who dreams big just wants to rock out.