A night worth mentioning, The AP Tour made its way to Anaheim, California last night for an unreal, sold out show. With names like Mayday Parade, Real Friends, This Wild Life and As it Is, you can only expect the best.
As I walked into the House of Blues, I could immediately pick out Patty Walter's voice through the doors. Brighton natives, As It Is, warmed up the crowd with their sweeping melodies and high energy, pushing the crowd to the next level. After meeting these guys at Warped Tour over the summer and having enjoyed their debut album, Never Happy Ever After, I knew there would be big things ahead for these guys.
Next to take the stage was the punk/acoustic duo, This Wild Life. Raised in Long Beach, inspired by punk shows at Chain Reaction, Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso knew exactly how to keep the crowd engaged. The duo played tracks from their Epitaph debut, Clouded, and their popular cover of Sleepwalking by BMTH. This was my first time seeing the group play and I won't hesitate to catch them next time they're around!
Two words. Real Friends. Circle pits, crowd surfing and barbaric shouts immediately took place as the band dropped their first track, setting a new tone for the night. Playing crowd favorites like Anchor Down, Sixteen and even I've Given Up On You, we can probably assume the House of Blues needs a new set of FLOORBOARDS after last night (insert comical drum roll). On a REAL note, Dan Lambton shared some humble inspiration as he thanked the crowd for singing along and sharing the moment together. Having seen the band a couple times now, I have yet to be dissapointed and am always looking forward to what they put out next.
To top off the night, headlining talent Mayday Parade lit up the stage. With a blast from their worded, symmetrical light show, the band opened the set with their new song, One of Them Will Destroy Each Other. The track features Dan Lambton of Real Friends, so it just made sense to keep Dan on stage and perform it with them. After playing a few tracks from the new record, lead vocalist Derek Sanders slowed things down a bit, transitioning into I Swear This Time I Mean It, Stay (Shoutout to Fearless Records), Terrible Things, and wrapping things up with Miserable at Best. Except I'm not sure I can say the band played this one all the way through, as Derek left mid song and had the crowd sing the rest of it. The group then came back on for two more songs, giving the house just want they wanted.
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