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Pierce The Veil || The Mayan

In a venue that could resemble a ride at Disneyland, The Mayan sold out a Pierce The Veil show for the last show of their Misadventures Tour. The upside of shooting bands with a younger audience is that I can always see over them. With that being said, the crowd had an insane amount of energy for their size. At one point during Movements’ final song, Pierce The Veil came out on stage and played a game of flip cup onstage. The whole crowd erupted in teenage screams as fans got the first glimpse of their idols pranking their friends. Then, at the end of I The Mighty’s set, Pierce the Veil and Movements came out dancing and wrapped colorful feather boas around their friends. Pink dolphins littered the stage and one got taped on the microphone stand. Thats truly how it felt too. Just a few groups of friends, hanging out on a Sunday night, playing music they love in front of their screaming fans. 

Between the I the Mighty and the Pierce the Veil set, I sat down next to the loudest subs. Imagine if you fired an automatic 50 caliber surgically placed inside your heart. That's what it felt like. Seriously though. Earthquakes inside my eyes. The Millennium Falcon going into hyperspace in my ears.

Pierce The Veil played their new album, Misadventures, in its entirety. Confetti cannons exploded at the beginning of their set. Ear piercing girlish screams followed as Pierce the Veil began playing Dive In. For the rest of their set, the crowd was fully engaged and energetic; constantly jumping around hands raised. About half way through their set, Vic Fuentes (lead vocalist) came out with an acoustic guitar and played an acoustic version of their song, “Today I Saw the Whole World.” I expected to see lighters come out and wave through the sky, but only found cell phones due to the audience’s age. For their encore, Pierce the Veil played Bulls in the Bronx followed by King For A Day. In class fashion, Movements and I The Mighty put on the biggest party for Pierce The Veil's last song of the tour. Silly string, toilet paper, balloons, and beach balls flew across the sky. Then the confetti canons exploded as pillars of smoke shot high in the air. It was incredible. There was so much raw energy and life in that room. In time, all the chaos and noise would fade away leaving exhausted fans with a wonderful memory.

Pierce The Veil Setlist:

Dive In
Texas is Forever
The Divine Zero
Floral & Fading
Phantom Power and Ludicrous Speed
Circles
Today I Saw the Whole World (Acoustic)
Gold Medal Ribbon
Bedless
Sambuka
Song for Isabelle
Encore: Bulls in the Bronx, King For A Day

I The Mighty’s Setlist:

Lady of Death
The Lying Eyes of Miss Erray
Psychomachia
Playing Catch With .22
Failures
Four Letter Words
Slow Dancing Forever
The Dreamer
Speak To Me

Movements Setlist:

Hatchet
Worst Wishes
Buried
Protection
Vacant Home
Nineteen
Kept

Our Last Night || The Viper Room

As a person who shoots a lot of bands, I've been able to tell when artists are putting on a performance. The first band to play, ZiBBZ, had one of the most genuine performances I've seen yet. Or maybe they're just the best at faking it! I'll never know. 

Stee of ZiBBZ

Every moment was filled with joy and excitement as they shared their music with the crowded room. The simplistic drummer (Stee) and vocalist (Coco) combo echoes other bands such as Twenty One Pilots and The White Stripes, but their music is entirely unique. One song was played entirely off of an iPhone synthesizer by drummer Stee which felt organic and original. The lighting setup was amazing for an opening band due to the fluorescent triangle positioned behind the drums. Almost minimalistic and tribal, ZiBBZ put on a fantastic performance and I definitely would like to see and shoot them again.

Finally the moment everyone was waiting for. Our Last Night took to the stage with a shorter set than usual, but the intensity and fun was all the same. A team of camera operators decked out with Canon C300's, 70-200's, and 24-70's (for all you camera nerds out there), filmed the entire performance which will be released at a later date. OLN played songs mostly off of their new album Younger Dreams which dropped in June of 2015. They even played an acoustic version of their Justin Bieber cover "Sorry". Their 7 song setlist consisted of Road To The Throne, Prisoners, Home, Younger Dreams, White Tiger, Sorry (acoustic), and Sunrise. All in all, it was a great show and what made it even better was that it was FREE! OLN killed it at the legendary venue, The Viper Room and I'm stoked to see what they do next!