Tonight Alive and Silverstein Perform at House of Independents

Tonight Alive
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Tonight Alive and Silverstein Perform at House of IndependentsPicturesque from Lexington, Kentucky opened the show at the House of Independents in Asbury Park, New Jersey on February 19, 2018. It was a great turnout for a Monday evening, considering it was President’s Day. The weather was mild which was a great night to be out on the town and catching a rock show.  

Broadside, a pop punk band from Richmond, Virginia was the next act for the night. During the summer of 2017, the band released their second studio album ‘Paradise’.  I enjoyed watching them for the first time at the House of Independents. Fans were crowd surfing during their set, and ended up on stage, then dove back into the crowd. It was definitely a lively performance! They have toured with bands such as The Ataris, Forever Came Calling and Polar Bear Club. In 2016, they also toured all over the US as part of the Vans Warped Tour.

Silverstein, from Ontario, followed Picturesque in the lineup. The band name Silverstein originates from the author Shel Silverstein, whose books the band read when they were children.  I only knew of the band through friends before attending this show, but I was excited to finally see them in action and was very impressed with their performance. Several fans in the audience were waving their arms in the air and crowd surfing to many songs. At one point during the show there was even a circle pit in the middle of the room. This was a perfect example of everyone having an amazing time at a rock show. Their most recognizable album ‘Discovering the Waterfront’ gained popularity fast which won an award and reached #34 on the Billboard Top 200. Silverstein had been touring with Tonight Alive the few weeks prior to this show. They have also toured with bands such as Rise Against, Paramore, Yellowcard and A Day to Remember. 

The closing act was Tonight Alive, whom I really enjoyed. In 2010, the band was identified as “one of the top 10 Australian bands on…KROQ” (Wikipedia).  Their song “Closer”, from their EP ‘All Shapes & Disguises’, appeared on the reality show ‘The Hills’ (Wikipedia). 

The high energy from their songs electrified the crowd. The lead singer encouraged everyone to sing along and dance to the music. I kept thinking to myself, “Where was I all this time and why didn’t I take a listen to this band sooner?” Their setlist included, “Temple” and “Disappear” from their new albumUnderworld’. During the song “Disappear” the lead singer, Jenna McDougall, got everyone to harmonize the chorus.  She did a great job corralling the crowd and getting them to experience and be enhanced by the performance.

I would like to spread the word about Tonight Alive.  I love their high-energy set and songs from their new album.  They have quickly become one of my favorite bands and I look forward to seeing them when they tour the tri-state area once again. If you want to catch Tonight Alive and Silverstein while in the United States you need to hurry. Their North American leg wraps up this week on March 1st in Millvale, PA, then they are headed overseas on tour before wrapping the tour in their homeland of Australia.

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