On Sunday Oct. 20, 2013 hardcore rockers The Used hit the stage at The Knitting Factory Concert House Reno. Attendance was fair, around 400 people showed up, after all it was a Sunday night. All those who did show up got their socks knocked-off.
The Used is an American rock band from Orem, Utah. Formed in 2001, the group signed to Reprise Records the same year and rose to fame in June 2002 after releasing their self-titled debut album. They followed up with their second album, In Love and Death, in September 2004 and their third album, Lies for the Liars, in May 2007. Shallow Believer, an EP that featured most of the band's B-sides, was released in February 2008. They spent 2008 working on their fourth studio album, Artwork, which was released on August 31, 2009. A fifth album, titled Vulnerable, was released in March 2012 through the independent label Hopeless Records. Albums by The Used have achieved gold and platinum statuses in more than six countries worldwide. By 2008, they had sold over 3 million records worldwide.
Current members include, Quinn Allman - (guitar, backing vocals), Jeph Howard - (bass guitar, backing vocals), Bert McCracken - (lead vocals, session piano, keyboards) and Dan Whitesides-(drums, percussion).
The set lasted around 75 minutes and went like this,
"Listening", "Take It Away", "The Bird And The Worm", "Put Me Out", "Come Alive", "I Caught Fire", "Iddy Biddy", "The Taste Of Ink", "All That I've Got", "Buried Myself Alive", "The Best Of Me", "Pretty Handsome Akward" and two encore songs, "Now That You're Dead" and "A Box Full Of Sharp Objects".
These guys really tore it up, they had the crowd eating out of their hands the entire set. This was this examiner's first time seeing the band and I must say they were very impressive. At one point during the show, lead vocalist McCraken told the crowd, "Put down your phones and stop recording video's so we can make some real memories, nobody's going to watch them on youtube anyways".
I'm sure there was a lot of good memories made on this night, this examiner got some for sure.
Starting the night off was a local Reno band, The Jet Stole Home.
The Jet Stole Home became a band in October 2011 with members from these former bands, Hear Me Arizona, Fearless Descent, and Full Count. They all came together and immediately hit it off as a melodic post-hardcore band. So far, through hard work and perseverance, they have done just that and have no intentions of slowing down. They have been fortunate enough to have shared the stage with bands such as Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Idlehands, Sparks the Rescue and most recently, The Used. Although all of their backgrounds come from a pop punk history, they have striven to make their music heavier and more personal, from personal relationships to life long friendships, their songs come from the heart.
Current members are, Ethan Lane-(vocals), Bobby Wilson-(bass), Jeremy Martin-(guitar/backing vocals), Ryan Fitzgerald-(guitar) and Josh Lopez-(drums).
Their set lasted around 20 minutes (much to short) and went like this,
"You've Got A Friend In Me", "Between Disaster & Atrocity", "Hours", "The Further", "Scary Face" and "Loose Ends".
The Jet Stole Home was a perfect band to start the night off. They are a band you don't want to miss the next time they hit the stage.
She Said Fire was up next and boy were they on fire.
She Said Fire is predominately a contemporary rock band from New York with some pop and post-emo elements. Their style exemplifies a full, lush sound that is exceedingly dynamic, and surprisingly deep in timbre for a four-piece band with a dedicated vocalist and just one guitar. The She Said Fire tone marries intelligent, complex chord structures and active, precise bass lines to the explosive and intuitive performances of their drummer and singer. Vocalist Joshua Hawksley sings with the verve and passion of a young Axl Rose, blended with the rasping drawl of Tom Waits and the delivery of Dave Grohl. The character of the band is altogether unpretentious and fun-loving, yet ingenious with an abundance of artistic integrity.
Current members include, Joshua Hawksley-(vocals, guitar), Peter Strzelecki-(guitar, backing vocals), Chris Moss-(bass, backing vocals) and Christina Vitucci-(drums)
Their set lasted around 30 minutes and went like this,
"White Cadillac", "Blue Sky Avenue", "Better Ways" (w. Outro), "Sleeping Through the Revolution" and "Funhouse".
Now this was a rock band. These guys and gal absolutely rocked the house. This examiner knows most of the fans were there to see The Used, after all they were the headliner. But in my opinion, She Said Fire stole the show. Not that The Used were bad or anything, they kicked butt as they always do, but on this night, She Said Fire really tore it up. Lead vocalist Joshua Hawksley has so much charisma on stage that it draws the audience right to him. Very good vocals and a great stage presence works very well for this band. This examiner has been to a lot of shows and have seen many very good female drummers, but She Said Fire's drummer Christina Vitucci is the most hard hitting gal this examiner has seen in awhile. Not forgetting the rest of the band, they were just as awesome. You can bet this band will be headlining very soon, keep an eye out for them, they rock.
The Used supporting act William Control got the crowd ready for the headliner.
William Control is an American electronic music project founded in 2008 in Seattle, Washington. It is a side project of Aiden’s William Francis. He was signed to Victory Records and has released three albums Hate Culture, Noir and Silentium Amoris, and an EP Novus Ordo Seclorum.
Band members included, Wil Francis-(lead vocals), Kenneth Fletcher-(bass) and Ian McWilliams-(Synthesizer).
The three piece band got a 45 minute set that went like this,
"New World Order", "All Due Restraint", "Kiss Me Judas", "My Lady Dominate", "The Velvet Warms And Binds", "Beautiful Loser", "Strangers", "Razors Edge" and "I'm Only Human Sometimes".
William Control was very different from the rest of the bands, for starters, they played most of the set in the dark, only some strobe lights went off now and then, it was very unusual. As a photographer, the set was very hard to shoot. Although the fans didn't mind one bit as they really got into the show. I asked lead singer Francis after the show, What is the reason why he does the set in the dark? He told this examiner, "I don't mind seeing myself in the mirror. but I get really nervous when other people look at me, but I don't know why". The female fans in the crowd didn't mind looking at him at all, they loved every bit of him. One female fan even asked him to sign her breast after the show as he was outside the Knit having a smoke, he graciously did ...... awesome.
This was a very good show to see indeed, all the bands rocked.
A good time was had by all.
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