Sleeping With Sirens (Grand Rapids, MI) , Set It Off (Los Angeles, CA), Belmont (Chicago, IL)

First show of the year for me started the new year off on a good note.

I’ll admit first to not being a hude fan of Sleeping With Sirens, casually knowing the band from Kellin Quinn singing on Pierce the Veil’s “King for a Day” track, and a couple of their other singles. This was one of those time where I purposely kept it that way, because I love going in to a show blind and being surprised by a band.

Set it Off were the band that I was super excited for. I’ve been a big fan of their over the last couple of years. I got to see them for the first time and have had the itch to see them again ever since. They have a great blend of pop, pop-punk, orchestration, and a knack for writing songs with interesting chord progressions. While seeing them this time felt a bit different because of being in a much bigger venue then The Garage, it was just as much fun. The band honestly started off not on the best footing, but a few song in they found their groove and really commanded the crowd. I usually like to stick to perimeter of crowds, but this time I made my way to the middle of the GA floor. I felt like I was in the middle of everything and it honestly made the experience for me. It was a great vantage point and I ended up wishing the band played much longer.

Sleeping with Sirens were great. Because I didn’t really know much of the band beforehand, besides their new single “Leave It All Behind,” I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by how good they were, and how much energy they brought on stage. Everyone in the band were very mobile, and the guitarist and bassists were quite interactive with us photographers, which always makes the night a bit more special.

I’ll definitely be on the lookout for when these bands play again. I left the venue a bigger fan of each of the bands then when I walked in. I wish nothing but good things for them all in this new year!

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