Photography by Marie-Claire D
Hardcore and screamo aren’t really my thing, even though my time with CONFRONT has made me grow a little fonder of that music scene. Besides, I can still appreciate a good show when I see one and yesterday, at La Tulipe, I had a fun time watching the bands from the Fight The Silence tour.
I arrived for the end of Stick To Your Guns’ set, right before they did an inspirational speech about life, death and the fact that everyone is in control of their own lives with their choices. The crowd seemed to get really pumped up by that and when the band played their last song, there were at least 10 people huddled on stage, singing along with the band for a while before being kicked off by security.
Next up was A Skylit Drive, by far the softest band on this tour. Because of that, the room wasn’t as full, but even so, the band’s spirits weren’t dampened and they gave it their all. It’s a shame some of the people didn’t give them a chance because they had a great energy on stage and were interacting with the crowd a lot. One thing that has always impressed me about this band is Michael Jagmin’s vocal range and I was curious to see how it would sound live. He definitely did not disappoint and we could clearly hear his vocal talents during the band’s cover of “Love The Way You Lie”. Also, fun fact: the drummer had his own personal fan, which gave him a nice windblown hair look.
After them, it was For Today’s turn and the crowd seemed to have been waiting for them all night. They came onstage with their very own lights setting and started rocking out with a pretty cool light show synced with their music. Like I said, I’m not really into hardcore music. However, I’m always impressed by screamers and their ability to do what they do night after night. That night, crowd was really into it, and the security guards at this show were pretty lenient; there were constantly people going up onstage, singing/screaming a little and then stage diving back into the crowd. For Today was definitely the fan favorite tonight, you could tell by the sound of the crowd singing along or even by their willingness to raise their arms immediately when the band’s frontman did so. The night ended after the band came back to perform one last song, following the crowd’s demands of “One more song! One more song!” when the lights had dimmed out the first time around.