The popular and much missed Orlando band Crisis in Hollywood had a one-time reunion show Friday night at The Social in downtown Orlando. They were joined by Orlando bands A Dying Regime and The Passenger as well as Central Florida band Sit On It for this special show. The line-up may have made the reunion show just a little easier to pull off since the lead singer of Sit On It, Andy Wambach, was the drummer for Crisis In Hollywood and Bennett Newsome and Will Brotz from The Passenger were also members of the now-defunct band. It was a fun show, with old and new friends getting together on stage and off, the theme of the night seemed to be high-energy good times – which made for a great atmosphere for music fans.
Starting off the night was Orlando band A Dying Regime. With lead singer Dane Hagen back in town from his touring guitar tech duties, the five piece band was ready to rock the crowd, hard and heavy. Hagen is an ideal frontman, moving all over the stage, winding the crowd up, working very hard to connect with each and every music fan in the crowded venue. Their set included several songs from their EP “Lost Ave” as well as songs from their upcoming release “Shuttles.” They closed their set with “Swells” which featured a terrific, bluesy guitar solo from Tony “Rage” Rodriguez.
Next up was Central Florida band Sit On It. The four piece band’s high-energy pop punk music was a big hit with the crowd. Lead singer Andy Wambach must have irresistible knees because they were being molested before and during the band’s set. It’s either that or he had a lot of friends in attendance, but maybe it was both. The touchy/feely theme continued as the band suggested that since mosh pits weren’t allowed that maybe everyone could try for a hug pit instead.
Orlando band The Passenger was up next with another high-energy pop punk set which included a couple of songs from their “Here Today Gone to Maui” EP, but most of the five piece band’s set came from their newest release, “A Dog Named Bear.” Lead vocalist Noah Kussack was very engaging with the audience and got many love heckles from the crowd. At one point the band members noticed it had started pouring outside and said “You’re not going anywhere now. You’re stuck.” It was a pretty safe bet that no one was planning on leaving anyway, they were already right where they wanted to be.
Closing out the night was the reunion set from Orlando band Crisis In Hollywood. The band last played together at their final show in October 2011 so this show was a real treat for their fans, many of them crowded around the front of the stage to soak up every minute of it. The four piece band took the stage to a massive round of cheers from the crowd. Their set included proper jumping instruction from bassist Will Brotz, who also had the band’s signature move ready for the show, the word clap in big letters on the backside of his bass. They played many of their more popular songs including “Love Is Not Enough,” “Safe and Sound” and closed their regular set with “Newlyweds and Nearly Deads.” Of course no one wanted it to end there so the crowd demanded one more song and the band complied playing their “Oh! Oh!” song.
It was a great night of local music in Orlando, many old friends getting together once again, but it was over all too quickly for the music fans.