A couple Wednesdays ago, I head out to Vinyl Music Hall to see Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. I had first heard their hit “Face Down” when I was stationed in Okinawa and really was into that whole album. Even though more pop-punk/emo, they still maintained an intense sound with great guitar work. The vocals were just catchy and the album “Don’t You Fake It” became my “sing along” album. Unfortunately, their next album was not my cup of tea and I moved on until recently where they have reconnected with their roots and original sound.
RJA was co-headlining with Hawthorne Heights, who I was never in to, but they are a pretty big act, so I felt like I should at least check them out live and get them on camera as well. The show started at 7pm and had 5 bands on the bill so I assumed Hawthorne would go on around 8:30/9:00 and RJA at 9:30/10:00. When I showed up at 8:30, I was told the second band was just finished up and RJA wasn’t going on until 11:30!!! I texted my wife to tell her that I would be home late and she texted back “Enjoy! You might find a new favorite band!” Boy was she right…
Enter Famous Last Words… I had NEVER heard of them. I didn’t know what to expect so I was standing in the back not really expecting much honestly with the ambient opening music came on (synthesizers and such). Literally, the first notes hit and I was intrigued, then vocals came in… Their frontman showed off a clean high falsetto followed buy some incredible growls and screams… wow. I was up front by mid set. So I bought their recent album “Council of the Dead” which is a concept album telling a story of 7 souls who have passed and it’s been on repeat for 2 weeks in my car… Incredible.
Hawthorne Heights had a great set and the place was rockin.’ Again, more emo for my liking, but they definitely have a great stage presence. And their guitar player was fun to watch.
Red Jumpsuit delivered and although they had cancelled a few shows recently for the singer being sick, his vocals were incredible. Just as good as on their records. They basically played until his voice gave out and most of the songs were from my favorite album. The duet with his girlfriend on “Your Guardian Angel” was very well done and of course they closed with “Face Down.”
This was an awesome show. The only problem I had was with the lighting. Other than FLW, the other bands were poorly lit and I was at 6400 ISO the whole night. Luckily the X100S sees in the dark basically and had minimal problems in post. Hope you enjoy a few shots from the night! All shots processed with #VSCOFilm.(Click to view large as a slideshow in the lightbox!)