Recently our photojournalist Savannah Rowley attended The Get Free Tour in Orlando, FL featuring bands Silverstein, Tonight Alive, Broadside and Picturesque. Each band brought amazing energy to the stage that kept the crowd rowdy and full of energy.
First up was the band Picturesque originating from Lexington, KY. Led by vocalist Kyle Hollis, the band started off the night with some post-hardcore jams such as “Waiting” and “Speak Softly.” Their most recent record, Back To Beautiful, was released on Equal Vision Records in 2017.
It’s amazing what a little clarity and a lot of hard work get you in the music industry. That so-called “clarity” has landed Midwestern pop-punk band on the national radar (they’re heading out on a tour soon with Forever Came Calling and In Her Own Words), and that hard work landed them a recording deal with Hopeless Records late last year. On their recent EP, I’ll Never Go Back, the band combines catchy pop hooks with all the energy you’d expect out of the best bands of the genre, too.
What sets Hold Close apart from their peers, though, is introspection. Ultimately, the best pop-punk bands are the ones that communicate inward feelings, outwardly. It’s one thing to write songs about how you hate your job and/or hate your significant other, but it’s another idea entirely to tell stories with metaphors that aren’t totally hackeneyed. Hold Close arguably pull this off to great effect on standout track “Blue Dream”.
Perhaps streaming the entire EP on our curated Spotify playlist, NRG, would be the best course of action. If you like what you hear, catch Hold Close on tour at a venue near you. Dates below – you won’t want to miss out.
We got a chance to review the latest album, Underworld, from the Australian rock band Tonight Alive, and trust us when we say this album surpasses any expectations from the current buzz about the upcoming release. The album is coming out this Friday, January 12th, which you can pre-order here if you haven’t already.
This is the band’s latest album since the 2016 release Limitless. In support of the upcoming album, Tonight Alive have announced a co-headliner tour with Silverstein called the “Get Free Tour,” which starts on January 19th; you can purchase tickets for the upcoming tour here.