Photography: O’Brother, Balance and Composure, Touché Amoré, and Circa Survive at The Fox (Pomona, CA)

O’Brother (Atlanta, GA), Balance and Composure (Doylestown, PA), Touché Amoré (Los Angeles, CA), Circa Survive (Doylestown, PA)
October 7th, 2012
The Fox Theater in Pomona, CA

Circa Survive’s Violent Waves tour in support of their newest album release by the same name is packing an amazing bill.  They have O’Brother, Balance and Composure, and Touché Amoré on the road for a lineup that by reputation alone is incredible.  Seeing this show is another thing entirely.  I’ve been lucky enough to see O’Brother play a few times and each and every time they get better. I don’t even know how that’s possible.  It probably has something to do with all that hair they throw around.  Tanner Merritt’s voice has definitely evolved.  It gave me chills.  The Dang brothers, Michael Martins, and Jordan McGhin absolutely kill it.  It’s not hair, it’s skill.  O’Brother just recently put out their Basement Window EP with remastered songs from their incredible album Garden Window (a must have in anyone’s record collection). If you’re planning on catching this tour get there early and watch these guys blow your mind.

Another Doylestown, PA band on this tour is Balance and Composure. How great are Balance and Composure?  These guys put on a heck of a show.  It’s really cool to see Jon Simmons gracefully spin around on stage while the other guys kill it. Such great stage presence and such a great sound!  If you’re not a Balance and Composure fan it might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with their stuff.  These guys are doing some great things.

Touché Amoré is a band that I’ve been hearing a lot about lately and with due right, these guys are so so great.  The second Jeremy Bolm hits the stage is the minute the energy goes through the roof.  Mosh pits, crowd surfing begins, crowd goes nuts in general. This is a band that’s doing everything right.

Circa Survive has mastered the visual portion of the live show.  Their set up involved 4 giant screens with changing lights that gave a shadowed/silhouetted effect to their show.  The energy at The Fox definitely reached its tipping point and went about 100 feet over as they played a nice mix of newer and older material.  I had always heard great things about Circa Survive but never understood it until I saw them on their Violent Waves tour.  These guys have definitely earned the loyalty of every single fan in the building and it is well deserved. This band has done and keeps doing great things.  I can’t wait to see what’s next.  If you can’t either check out the remaining dates of the Violent Waves tour here.

 

 

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