The Live Free Die Young Tour featured three big name, upcoming bands in the pop-rock scene – Stages & Stereos, Darling Parade, and The Orphan, The Poet. The month-long tour through parts of the Midwest and along the East Coast wrapped up in Tampa, Florida, on May 24th. I was able to catch these bands in action on their second to last date in Orlando.
Three local bands, who drew in quite the crowd, got the evening off to great start. Felicity packed a punch by delivering strong vocals and hard hitting instrumentals, as well as impressing with a Finch cover. Also opening up the evening was Autumn Empire and Fiery Sushi.
Next up, was The Orphan, The Poet and Darling Parade, two bands that, before this night, I had never seen live. Not having any prior expectations is an amazing way to watch a band perform.
The Orphan, The Poet were up first, and after spending a little bit of time with them before the show (keep your eyes peeled for that interview!), I was really excited to see what kind of performance they could deliver. Their energy filled the room instantly, and they had an incredibly commanding stage presence. I have never seen three guys move around a stage as much as they did. The passion TOTP has for their craft is so clear when they perform; they seem to almost get lost in a trance while playing.
You can purchase a CD from The Orphan, The Poet here. They have a couple of small tours coming up in the next few weeks as well, so you’ll definitely want to buy concert tickets when they become available.
Female-fronted, Darling Parade was up next. Now, personally, I tend to have a hard time connecting with female vocalists. It has nothing to do with talent; it’s just a matter of preference. With that being said, I did really enjoy their set. Vocalist/guitarist, Kristin Kearns, is a very strong leader. While she’s soft spoken in conversation, her voice booms during performances.
You can purchase a CD from Darling Parade here. Also, be sure to buy concert tickets when they go on tour again.
The final band of the night was Stages & Stereos. This was the first tour the band has embarked on since announcing Alex Reed (formerly of Go Radio) as a permanent member. This is one band that I can always count on to put on astounding performances, and this show was no different. They played all of the tracks off their most recent EP, Small Town Favorites, as well as a few from earlier releases. Lead vocalist, Daniel Lancaster, showed off a bit during “1990” by opening the song completely a capella. Check out a video of that performance at the end. The strangest moment of the night came when an older woman, baring her mid-drift, stumbled her way on stage during the song “Anchorless” and became the unofficial back-up dancer for the band. How the guys kept their composure, I will never know.
Stages & Stereos will be announcing a summer tour within the next week or so, and it promises to be a big one. So stay with Infectious Magazine for all the details on that. You can purchase a CD from Stages & Stereos here.
(All photos by Sami Marshall, unless otherwise stated)
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