Shows You Should See: Monumentour

 

 

 

Words by Reanna Simmons

 

When the announcement of Monumentour was leaked on the night of January 8th, fans started to frenzy all over the social media atmosphere. You heard the opening to “The Phoenix” which pretty much introduces the video; you see two bodyguards standing in front in a white sheet, and a few seconds later you see Fall Out Boy and Paramore walk up to them with cans of spray paint. Thoughts are racing through your mind, “WHAT DOES THIS MEAN???” From twitter to tumblr, the band fandoms started to break, and there was no way either of the bands could deny.

Now onto the day of the concert. Destination, Concord Pavillion, Concord, California, only about an hour and a half away. Driving there wasn’t too bad, but being at the venue was a nightmare. From what I heard, the security didn’t know how to handle a crowd like this, which ended up being more than true. I wasn’t going to let that get me down though because Fall Out Boy and Paramore were both playing. After sitting in the sun for five and a half hours, making new friends and several empty bottles of water later, gates were opening, and concert goers (including myself) ran with anticipation. Finally we’re inside, and though we were already worn out from the heat, we had to wait once we got inside the venue about another hour or so to actually get to the stage. So far I give this venue two out of five stars. Eventually everyone got to where they needed to be or where their tickets told them to be. Once New Politics took the stage everything officially set in: Monumentour is here!

Let’s begin with the opening to the co-headliner tour, New Politics. These three boys aren’t from the states, they’re actually from Denmark, and have been around for half a decade. In 2009 they released their single, “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, and that punk rock anthem put them on the map. New Politics has this catchy upbeat sound that makes you want to hum along to their songs. Recently, they broke the news that they are signing to Pete Wentz’s record label DCD2 (aka Decaydance Records).  The Denmark trio was killing it on stage from back flips to head stands. These boys knew how to put on a show, and fans were loving it.

Photo by Hayley Valoppi   

 

About an hour or so later Paramore took the stage. Before opening up with “Still Into You”, their set was introduced with this amazing light show. Full of color, flashing lights screaming PARAMORE, and confetti. Only one song into their set, and I was already impressed. During their set I could not help but think that this band has gone so far both as a band and as individuals. This year marks ten years of Paramore. Ten years as a band and four studio albums later is incredible. As the show went on, on a personal level it was kind of an emotional rollercoaster, and that was only because 1. I have never seen Paramore and 2. this band has done so much for not only me, but so many others for the last ten years. Paramore played a wide range of songs from ‘All We Know Is Falling’ to to their single “Decode” off of the “Twilight Soundtrack.” Overall their set was very feel good and enjoyable. Lead singer Hayley Williams couldn’t help but interact with crowd. She just couldn’t help it. Which made it even better because what I find is that bands that do not interact with the crowd as much becomes boring. Luckily that was not the case with this band. Paramore finished off with their massive single “Ain’t It Fun.”

Photo by Hayley Valoppi

 

After Paramore left the stage, the Monumentour crew threw up a white sheet to conceal what Fall Out Boy’s set would look like, and took down Paramore’s set. Meanwhile we fans played the waiting game. As you’re sitting there, you see that the lighting on the white sheet was flashing, followed by fireworks popping, and then you hear this announcement, “Whether you live your dreams or live your fears …”. It’s time for Fall Out Boy to take the stage. Center stage you see Andy sitting with his drums, and the rest of them? Patrick, Joe, and Pete rise from the back of where Andy is sitting. “Put on your war paint!” Patrick yells. Fall Out Boy continues to impress every time I see them, and they get so creative with what their set looks like. As the boys finished “The Phoenix” Pete warmly welcomes everyone, “Welcome to Monumentour!” Fall Out Boy played a wide variety of songs from their most recent album to their old albums. I for one one was pretty stoked they played
“A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More “Touch Me””. As Monumentour finally came to an end,the boys finished off the night with “Saturday”.

Monumentour was a kickass show, and a lot of fans have been wanting this for quite sometime. It was indeed an experience to remember and memories to cherish for a long time. What I enjoyed the most was meeting other fans in line and making new friends with them because you pretty much have the same thing in common. Everyone comes from a different background, but a lot of our stories are similar. From Paramore to Fall Out Boy to New Politics, Monumentour is now over. Now that it is a lot of us want more! Would there be another tour in the making? Monumentour pt. II? Only time will tell, and until then we can watch endless videos of their sets online.

Tuesday Tunes: Best of the Genre-Pop Punk!

 

We’re big fans of all things pop-punk here at Open Our Eyes. So what better way to celebrate that love than to create a playlist of what we consider the best of the genre. Check out the playlist on our Spotify and share with us what your favorite songs are to circle pit to!

1. My Friends Over You-New Found Glory

2. The Rock Show-Blink 182

3. Holly, Hox Forget Me Not-Saves the Day

4. You Win Some, You Lose Most-My Sweet Fall

5. Simple Existence-State Champs

6. Don’t Let Me Cave In-The Wonder Years

7. Ocean Avenue-Yellowcard

8. The Boys of Summer-The Ataris

9. Daughters-The Story So Far

10. Summer Fling, Don’t Mean A Thing-New Found Glory

11. Thank You & Goodnight-Tonight Alive

12. Breathing-Yellowcard

13. Ready and Willing-New Found Glory

14. Weightless-All Time Low

15. All Signs Point To Lauderdale-A Day To Remember

16. Time to Dance-Panic! At the Disco

17. Miss Sobriety-Cute Is What We Aim For

18. Sadie Hawkins Dance-Relient K

Bands To Watch: PVRIS

Words by Adriana Sanchez

PVRIS has been one of the most talked about up-and-comers this year, giving them the popularity they deserve. Winning over fans with their female fronted vocals, they are quickly rising to fame with their slight alternative edge.

Hailing from Lowell, Massachusetts, PVRIS is made up of Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski, and Brian Macdonald. The band formed in late 2012 and debuted their first self-titled EP in March 2013. The success of the release earned them two spots on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. Around this time, the group was forced to change their name from ‘Paris’ to PVRIS due to legal reasons.

So far, 2014 has treated the band pretty well. Just this year, PVRIS has released the single, “St. Patrick’s Day”, from their upcoming album, toured with various pop punk acts like A Loss For Words, State Champs, and Veara, and also landed a two week spot on Warped Tour 2014. There are currently plans in store for the trio to join Mayday Parade on a full US tour.

By far, their biggest announcement is signing to Rise Records. While signing to a major label like Rise is awesome, PVRIS topped it off by making history as the first and only band signed to the label with a female vocalist. When asked about her accomplishment, Gunn said, “It means I have to be a boss… It feels totally awesome”, in a Huffington Post interview.

Not only is PVRIS a fantastic band, but it’s great to see another girl stepping up in this scene. If you get the chance, check them out because everyone needs some of their poppy jams in their lives.

The band’s single, “St. Patrick’s Day”, is available on iTunes. You can catch PVRIS on tour and keep up with them on Twitter!

*Photo by Erik Rojas

Tuesday Tunes!

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If there is one thing I’m proud of concerning our writers (and there are many, many things I’m proud of when it comes to this team), it’s their diverse taste in music. We’ve compiled a truly extraordinary playlist for you this week to jam along to. So get out your headphones and pretend like you’re in the most varied and awesome music video ever. And as always, make sure you listen to all the songs listed below on our Spotify. We’ve put them all in one neat little playlist for you because we’re nice like that.

 

1. Cool Kids-Echosmith

2. Runaway-Ed Sheeran

3. Girls-The 1975

4. Secrets-Mary Lambert ft. B.O.B.

5. Rap for Rejection-Kate Nash

6. Cecilia & The Satellite-Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

7. Room with No Windows-The Maine

8. Sic Transit Gloria-Brand New

9. There’s a Class For This-Cute Is What We Aim For

10. Winter-Daughter

11. Little Earthquakes-Imperial Mammoth

12. You Ain’t Woman Enough (Loretta Lynn tribute)-Paramore

13. Bel Air-Lana Del Rey

14. Carousel-Melanie Martinez

15. Patient Like A Lamb-Workman Song

16. Anna Sun-Walk the Moon

17. Mountain Jam-The Allman Brothers Band

18. Heart Tattoo-Joyce Manor

19. One-Eighty by Summer-Taking Back Sunday

20. Black Sap Scriptures-Plague Vendor

Bands to Watch: Oh Honey

 

Words by Amber Bettis

 

Brooklyn’s Oh Honey sound as sweet as their name. With their debut EP, ‘With Love’, the duo delivers a delightful sprinkling of uplifting tunes that are perfect for night drives and bonfires in the summertime. The band, Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard, know how to have a good time, as well as how to make you feel better. It is near impossible to be anything but optimistic while listening to the four songs, especially the rollicking good time “Be Okay”.

There’s a bit of country sensibility in the bare bones sadness of “Lonely Neighbor (What Am I To You?)” which will appeal to fans of acts like Taylor Swift and Cassadee Pope. With the fact that they recently signed to Atlantic Records and were added to the Sirius XM rotation, it will only be a matter of time before the band and their positive message get the widespread recognition they deserve.

Their upcoming tour with American Authors, starting October 21st at the Moon in Tallahassee, FL,  is a perfect fit, as both bands are upbeat, uplifting, and make you believe that yeah, things are going to get better. You shouldn’t miss the chance to see these bands grace the same stage, because I’m willing to bet it’s going to be epic. Oh Honey will also be playing a free show in Brooklyn at the Mets Jam Music Festival on September 6th.

Keep up with Oh Honey on facebook and check out their Honda Civic Tour dates with American Authors here.