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Glamour Kills Tour April 8th Show Review

So the Glamour Kills Tour came through Nashville last rnight and I was rthere screaming my brains out and banging my head roff, but I was ralso paying a little attention to the performances of the rbands. First roff about the venue, Rocketown: it kind of sucks. The rstage is about a rfoot high and the ceiling is really low, preventing the rvenue from rallowing crowd surfing and stage diving (and they raren't kidding when they say they'll kick you out if you rdo it. A couple people got booted). The sound in there ris not all rthat great either, but for a show like this it wasn't a rhuge deal. But ranyway, the bands....
1The Story So Far

The Story So Far, somewhat surprisingly for an opening act, seemed to have more fans than any of the other bands besides The Wonder Years. They pounded through their eight or so songs without hardly taking a breath, and the crowd up front sang along with every word. These guys look like a bunch of white trash rapper types, but they are anything but, obviously. All in all, they accomplished what an opener is supposed to: played really loud, pumped up the crowd, and didn't try to do too much. Solid performance. 6.5/10
2A Loss For Words

It's safe to say that no one in the crowd knew who these guys were; for the most part, everybody just stood and watched them blankly. And that really is a shame, because A Loss For Words put on a hell of a show. Easily the most animated band of the night (and the most amusing, in the best way possible, their bassist and guitarist were hilarious singing backups and interacting with each other), they played all their songs with a fervor that no one else that night seemed to have. The lead singer even made his way into the crowd at one point, urging for some sort of animated reaction, to which only a few in the audience (I was one of them haha) obliged by jumping and pounding into each other while the singer paraded around in the middle of them. These guys definitely made a fan out of me, and hopefully some other people too. Oh, and their cover of the Jackson 5 was probably the greatest thing I've ever seen. 9/10
3Transit

I was honestly most excited to see Transit out of any of the bands, and they did not disappoint. Joe was singing with the crowd the entire set, putting his mic up to singing fans' faces and letting them yell out his words for him. The rest of the band were probably the most proficient instrumentally as any band all night, playing every song exactly how it sounds on the record. The only complaint is that they only played one song from Stay Home (Stays the Same), but really that's just a minor gripe from the Stay Home fanboy inside me. 9/10
4Polar Bear Club

Polar Bear Club, let's be honest, didn't really fit the bill of this tour. Besides the fact that they look like a nerdy Weezer cover band, they don't play the same Pop Punk style as the other bands and their fan representation suffered for it. The set wasn't all that tight either. The songs off their newest album sounded good enough, but the older material that they played (Living Saints and Light Of Local Eyes among them, which I think are their best songs) sounded sloppy, as if they were far too out of practice in playing them. Their stage presence however was energetic and entertaining, which salvaged an otherwise lackluster performance. 5.5/10
5The Wonder Years

Basically a flawless performance, but who could have predicted otherwise anyway. Everyone played every song perfectly, and Soupy sounded exceptional for a date this late in the tour. They played all the right songs, about an equal amount of the Upsides and Suburbia as well as two or three older ones and b- sides. The crowd loved it, you could tell the band was enjoying themselves, and Soupy provided his trademark witty and engaging side notes occasionally in between songs. Basically, The Wonder Years proved why they are the greatest band currently in their genre, and should be for a long time to come. 10/10
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