Oklahoma rockers, Aranda, have recently seen their hard work pay dividends. They started 2012 as an unsigned band, touring relentlessly to make ends meet. In mid-2012 they signed with Wind-Up records and by the end of the year they were announced as the opener for the second leg of Daughtry and 3 Doors Down co-headline U.S. tour. That tour saw its final show at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis. on March 6.
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Touring on "Stop the World," their first release under Wind-Up, the album has seen a few singles get decent rotation on an increasing number of rock radio stations. The opened with their latest hit, "One More Lie," and brother Gabe and Dameon Aranda ripped into their 30-minute set as fans continued to trickle into the venue. Those who were already there were treated to a solid set that featured both siblings on lead vocals and some hefty guitar work from Dameon.
They played both singles from their first, independent eponymous album "Still in the Dark" and closed with "Whyyawannabringmedown." The latter featured the band wearing foam cheeseheads that they later signed and tossed into the crowd. "Satisfied" got the greatest crowd response, many recognizing the song from radio play, others who hadn't were able to connect with its message.
Dameon's standard show ending fretwork display followed. Dropping to his knees, he ripped into a Van Halen inspired solo while brother Gabe continued to assist with hand gestures and and extra hand or two while Dameon worked his magic. He finished with "Das Boot," removing his left boot to play while he picked the strings with his right hand.
Oddly, the first single, "Undone," from "Stop the World" was not performed during their short sets. Easily one of the album's highlights, with solid vocals and great guitar hooks, it would have been nice to see it performed live. Either way, a great set by the up-and-coming rockers.
Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down and Chris Daughtry both gave high praise to Aranda for their play on the tour. Daughtry mentioned that there wasn't a day that went by where somebody wasn't singing "Satisfied," as he sang a bit of the chorus as a teaser during Daughtry's set.
One More Lie
Still In The Dark
It Ain't Easy