Death Cab for Cutie

March 19, 2017

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Indie shows are something to marvel about. I am someone who mainly goes to Pop Punk shows. I go to the pit and sing my heart out until I have no voice left. So when I go to a show like Death Cab for Cutie, an Indie band from Seattle, Washington, I kinda felt culture shock. Regardless, seeing them at the House of Blues in Anaheim was one unforgettable experience.

First of all, I was to give kudos to the new House of Blues in Anaheim. In 2016, the venue relocated from Downtown Disney to the Garden Walk, a shopping area full of diners and store. This is a very beautiful venue. It looks bigger, and the sound quality is so crisp. If there is one thing I do miss form the venue, its the dance floor (the pit) is a lot bigger. Before it was smaller giving it that small club show feel. but regardless, I am very happy for the improvements.

 

 

 

The shoe began with the Opener Pure Bathing Culture. This small indie band played for 45  minutes, performing many of there songs that is new for the audience. I had never heard of them until that night. The band had synths, guitars and a beautiful vocalist who performed with passion for her music.For the most part, they got the crowed excited for Death cab, just like any opener would do.

Death Cab for Cutie was up next around 9:15 PM. At an almost two hour set, the band performed a variety of hits dating back form there 1998 debut “Something about Airplanes” to there current release “Kintugi”. The show started strong with “I will possess Your Heart” and “The New Year”, getting the crowed exited. Once “Crooked Teeth” came on, thats truly when he crowed started singing there hearts out.

The show had it high fast moments and it sober, sad and slow moments. One of my favorites was when they played “I will Follow You Into The Dark” this beautiful acoustic song only featured front men Benjamin Gibbard singing about following the person you live till death. A beautiful ballad that was made even special by the singing of the crowd. At one point, the band did a cover of The Pixies song “Digging for Fire” with the front woman of Pure Bathing Culture. This wonderful cover followed up with he rest of the set and a 3 song encore: “Passenger Seat”, “A Movie Script Ending”and the eight minute emotional “Transatlanticism”

Death Cab for Cutie is a big well known band. So the opportunity to see them at a small show like the House of Blues is something of a treat. The show was full of good vibes, the audiance was so happy and satisfied to see them. I got into this band around 2003 when my sister was playing there songs none stop. This was only my second time seeing them since 2011 at the Fox Theater in Pomona, Ca. After almost 20 years, Death Cab still perform at a high level. Definitely looking forward to the new album.

 

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Yellowcard

March 17, 2017

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Its hard to say goodbye. That is something I have been thinking about when Yellowcard announced there break up in the Spring of 2016. I started listening to them when they released the critically acclaimed Ocean Avenue, I was 12 years old at the time in middle school. I enjoyed that record so much, it lead me to become a fan that would follow me until this day. The show at The Observatory in Santa Ana was the first of 7 shows they are playing and for me, my final time seeing them.

The show started with an acoustic performance of Sean O Donald. Sean was a member of Yellowcard from 2007- 2011. He joined the band for the final leg of the tour playing some of his original songs that he made from one of his albums. During his set, he asked the crowd how excited they are to see Yellowcard and even threw in some jokes, interacting with the crowd as he performed. Near the end of the set, he invited Ryan Key from Yellowvard to perform a song from a side project they have been working on. His performance was short and sweet, in preparation for what Yellowcard had in store.

Before the band started to play a quick message came informing the audience not to be on there phones and enjoy the show using our eye balls. I found this to be very commical. Fitting because when Yellowcard when on stage, the place went nuts! The band started strong with Way Away from Ocean Avenue, Followed by For you in your Denial from When your though thinking , say Yes. The crowd was unbelievable, I have always heard that the OC knows how to show a musician how much they appreciate them. This was no different as the crowed sang there hearts out like there is no tomorrow. There were moshing, Circle pits and Crowd Surfing all night. This was seriously a rowdy crowd, and I loved it.

The band spread there set with various classic from Ocean Avenue, to There final Self-Titled album, Songs range from fast upbeat pop-punk hits Lights and Sounds, Rough Landing Holly, and Rivertown Blues just to name a few. There also slow, sad and hopeful songs like Empty Apartment, Hang you Up and Be the Young. The set ended with the final track off of Ocean Avenue: Back Home. A strong symbolic end to what was truly one of the first of there final shows of there career.  At a good two hours, the 24 song set was enough to make any Yellowcard fan happy that all albums were represented. The show ended with 3 of Ocean Avenues most well known songs: Breathing, Only One and Ocean Avenue

Like I mentioned before, I have been a fan of these guys since I was 12 years old. For me, seeing them one final time is heartbreak (all together, I have seen them six times). But as I write this and think hey have had a 20 year career, I feel happy and privileged to see them one last time, So from the bottom of my heart, Thank you Yellowcard for 20 years of music, I will miss you.