Stevo (mrstevo) wrote in concert_reviews,

Yellowcard, Matchbook Romance, Rock Kills Kid, and Hedley at St. Andrews 7-9-06

I wasn't expecting this concert to be nearly as good as it was. 3 bands were awesome, 1 was okay.

We arrived early because I wanted to catch Rock Kills Kid whom I was worried would be playing first. Luckily, when we walked in, Hedley was playing, but we actually ended up seeing most of their set. Hedley is this band from Vancouver fronted by this young cocky sumbitch. He was just LOVING the attention he was getting on stage, but I give these guys an A+ for showmanship. They went over great with the crowd and they had an awesome performance, not only because their music was good, but because they played on the crowd really well. I looked them up and found out that the lead singer was on Canadian Idol because he tried out on a $150 dare. He ended up making it to the finals, then pleaded with his fans to vote him off because he had enough and he wanted to go back to his band Hedley. Interesting. I'll be looking forward to that record in September.

Rock Kills Kid was up next. I checked them out earlier in the evening on Rhapsody and was very impressed. Very 80s vibe. I compare them to the Bravery, but not as much energy. I really enjoyed their set. Very dancy and sounded great. They played most of their debut album, which I bought at the show. I love it.

I thought I would enjoy Matchbook Romance more than I did. I listened to their first record a few months back and liked it. But their new one just sounds like that other Romance band, My Chemical Romance. Not a big fan of that whiny screamo stuff. The music is okay, but it borders a bit too much on metal and doesn't emphasize the punk enough. And I don't like screaming in music EVER. I could've done without their performance, but they had a lot to live up to after hearing how good the first two bands were.

Yellowcard didn't go on until almost 10:30. I was a bit worried that it would be one of those shows that ends promptly at 11pm and then I was going to be pissed off that they only played for half an hour, justifying it by the fact that there were 4 bands. But it was a regular headlining show for Yellowcard. They played for well over an hour. I was more than satisfied with their performance.

As soon as they broke into their first song, "Breathing", I knew we were in for it. Rebecca had come with me because she likes Yellowcard also. It's one of the very few bands that we both really agree on. Everything sounded great on stage. The violin sounded almost too perfect. It made me get paranoid that it was pre-recorded, but after a while, I realized that it was not and the violinist was just THAT good.

Yellowcard is one of those rare bands that despite the complications of having a violin in the band, can sound EXACTLY like their recordings if they want to. But then they throw some change-ups in there to keep things interesting. I was very impressed with what they did. A very talented group of musicians.

They played most of their new album and a good amount from their first. I didn't like the second nearly as much as the first....but after the live show, I appreciated the new songs SO much more. I love when that happens. Now I want to listen to the new one more!

Highlights of the show were predictable because they happen to be my favorite songs by the band. "Ocean Avenue" sounded great. That song reminds of me of Hawaii, so I connect with that song on a personal level. I was VERY impressed that they played "Believe" which has always been my favorite song of theirs. I love the story that it tells. The surprising performance was when they busted out the acoustics and did "One Year, Six Months" toward the end. Wow, that sounded perfect. Then of course "Way Away" was played second to last and that really should've been the show-ender because it was a great way to end. I considered the very last song to be sort of a bonus track, if you will. I love the story he told for "Waiting Game" about why he wrote it. It made that song so much more important and better in my opinion. "Martin Sheen or JFK" was another new one that I didn't think too much about until they played it live.

The set list looked something like this:
October Nights
Life of a Salesman
Sure Thing Falling
Down On My Head
Ocean Avenue
Holly Wood Died
City of Devils
Martin Sheen or JFK
Space Travel
Rough Landing, Holly
Waiting Game
One Year, Six Months
Way Away
Lights and Sounds

The only disappointment in the setlist was the absence of "View From Heaven". It's not really a concert song, but it would've been a cool acoustic number. Oddly enough, I'm not even sure whether they played "Only One" or not. It's one of my favorites, but I can't remember, there were so many good ones. I'll have to ask Rebecca.

Awesome concert though, From the two openers to the Yellowcard performance, I can't say enough good things. I was really glad that they moved it from the State Theatre to St. Andrews. It wouldn't have been nearly as good and we wouldn't have had as good of a view either.
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