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Elyse Von Der Fecht

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So you all remember a band called Yellowcard; well, I had the chance to see them at Toad’s Place along with openers The Downtown Fiction and Finch.

Yellowcard (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Yellowcard (Photo obtained via Facebook)

The Downtown Fiction is an American rock/alternative/pop band from Fairfax, VA who originated in 2008. The band consists of Cameron Leahy on vocals and guitar, David Pavluk on bass and vocals, Wes Diamond on guitar and vocals and Kyle Rodgers on drums. They are currently signed to Fearless Records, where they released their second album Losers & Kings. This album is the band’s longstanding ambition to break the mold while remaining true to their sound. If you get the chance to see these guys on tour, don’t miss out because they put on a fantastic show.

Finch is an American post-hardcore band from Temecula, California who originated in 1999. They released two albums What It Is to Burn and Say Hello to Sunshine before they went on hiatus in 2006. They then reformed in 2007 releasing their EP a year later and then in the process of their third album they disbanded in late 2010. They then signed to Razor and Tie records in 2014 and they started working on a new album, which came out in September called Back to Oblivion. The band consists of Nate Barcalow on lead vocals, Alex Linares on rhythm guitar, Randy Strohmeyer on lead guitar and backing vocal, Alex Pappas on drums and percussion and Daniel Wonacott on bass guitar. I must say that this band put on a great show, so definitely go see them if you have the chance to do so.

Yellowcard is an American pop punk/alternative rock band from Jacksonville, FL that originated in 1997. They are now based on Los Angeles and still going strong in the music scene. The members of the band are Ryan Key on vocals and guitar, Sean Mackin on violin and vocals, Ryan Mendez on guitar and vocals and last, but not least, Josh Portman on bass. They got their name “Yellowcard” from a phrase they used in high school, which I thought was pretty interesting to learn. Their popular singles included “Ocean Avenue,” “Lights and Sounds,” and “Light Up the Sky.” They are currently signed to Razor and Tie records, and recently released their album Lift a Sail and if you haven’t purchased or listened to it yet, I suggest you do.

First, The Downtown Fiction came on stage and played some new songs off their newest album Losers and Kings as well as played some old songs. They did a great job getting the crowd started for the night before Yellowcard came out later on. I don’t think a lot of people knew who these guys were, but they still enjoyed their performance, as did I whenever I see them perform. In between changing bands, they would put on some songs and everyone would jam out, getting more and more excited for the main act. Then the crowd got pumped for Finch as they came out onstage as it was dark and nothing but their red light circle feature on stage. Everyone had a blast singing along to all their songs and jumping up in the air and moving around the floor. I haven’t seen this band before live, but I must say that they did a phenomenal job and have great stage presence. The final act of the night finally came out to amaze the audience and they definitely accomplished the job. Everyone was crowd surfing and off their feet jumping throughout the whole song. I don’t know about everyone else but when Ryan Key said if you’re not singing your heart out on the songs and losing your voice then you are doing everything wrong. I completely agree with that because I lost my voice and it was incredible.

Make sure to all take a second to see The Downtown Fiction, Finch and Yellowcard on tour; it’s something you don’t want to miss out on.

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