Boys Like Girls
Merely two days after the AP tour, fans gather at Kool Haus for the OP Presents tour with headliner Boys Like Girls and featuring The Maine and Fueled By Ramen bands Cobra Starship, A Rocket To The Moon and VersaEmerge.
僅僅在AP Tour兩天之後,由OP服裝贊助的演唱會於Kool Haus舉行,大部分到了AP Tour的歌迷都有出席。樂隊有Boys Like Girls, The Maine和Fueled By Ramen唱片的Cobra Starship, A Rocket To The Moon以及VersaEmerge。
Prior to the show, Boys Like Girls and Cobra Starship respectively had meet and greets. Inside the venue, BLG attracted enthusiastic fans who can be heard screaming all the way outside, kicking off a crazy night for attendees. Due to the meet and greet, there was a slight delay to doors opening.
Florida band VersaEmerge had an incredibly early set on top of the delayed door, it is a shame that late comers had to miss their performance. Lead singer Sierra Kusterbeck is a talented young woman who pours all her energy on stage, she skipped around the stage launching into her powerful vocals. Although the band is fairly new, it already has a fan-base in Toronto that sang along to songs such as “Past Praying For”, “Whisperer” and “Clocks”.
A Rocket To The Moon
A Rocket To The Moon, who recently released debut album On Your Side featuring melodic love songs, coupled with the good looks of the band, it is not a surprise that the crowd of girls were screaming as the band took the stage. In fact, the crowd’s singalong almost drowned the band’s performance of songs such as “Dakota”, “Annabelle”, sad breakup song “Like We Used To” and latest single “Mr. Right”.
It seemed like cute band members and screaming fans are the trend of this tour. If the crowd was energetic for ARTTM, it was another level for The Maine. On top of songs from their debut album Can’t Stop Won’t Stop (they have been touring for a year and half for the album), the band played a new song “Life Like This” and the Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” cover. The band also announced the return to the studio and write a sophomore album (finally) after the tour. After a few songs, lead singer John O’Callaghan pulled out an acoustic guitar and played “Into Your Arms” to which fans pulled out camera and cellphones to sing along. During “Girls Do What They Want”, John Oh pulled two lucky fans from the audience who had the chance to sing the chorus of the song. The performance left everyone in high spirit.
Coming back to Toronto with a new album and a radio hit, Cobra Starship proved themselves to be the same band despite the sudden fame. Cobra Starship had a reputation of putting up fun shows, this time did not disappoint. Taking the stage under flickering spotlights, Cobra Starship kicked off their set with the anthemic “The City Is At War” and “Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We Are Famous”. During the band’s trademark song “Snakes On A Plane (Bring It)”, John Oh from The Maine joined the band for the chorus. Frontman Gabe Saporta’s infamously provocative stage antics were extremely entertaining as well as his mid-song speeches. Cobra Starship also played fan favourite “Guilty Pleasure”, new songs “Wet Hot American Summer”, “Hot Mess” and hit single “Good Girls Go Bad”.
Boys Like Girls
Boys Like Girls
The lights went out for the last time and Boston quartet Boys Like Girls began with an intro featuring Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” that changed into “Love Drunk”, the title track from the new album. From the large amount of guitar picks present on the his mic stand to the fact that he was wearing his band’s shirt, lead singer Martin Johnson gave off an obnoxious vibe. It might appear that way, but Martin Johnson knew how to be a crowd-pleaser, from flicking guitar picks to eager fans and telling fans “I love you too”. Although the new realease has deviated from the first album’s sound, but it has plenty of upbeat songs like “Heart Heart Heartbreak” that also shows off guitarist Paul DiGiovanni skills with the intense solo. Sierra Kusterbeck from VersaEmerge joined the stage with Martin on acoustic guitar during the romantic duet “Two Is Better Than One”.
It was a sweet performance that could have been perfect if Sierra finished the song instead of just one verse. Boys Like Girls has a tendency to keep songs fresh and interesting by altering their live performances from the studio versions. An example would be “Dance Hall Drug”: the live version is faster than the CD one, probably as an attempt to gerenrate high spirits and movement as the title “Dance Hall Drug” suggests. The encore included a drum solo from drummer John Keefe, an acoustic “Someone Like You” that had Martin very emotional and “The Great Escape” which the band let fans to join on stage, making a spectacular sight.
Text and photos by Jessie Lau