The Gig Life Tour 2009: Toronto @ The Reverb July 18th.

This past Saturday at the Reverb just so happened to be the concert of my (wet) dreams: The Gig Life Tour 2009 featuring Grave Maker, The Swellers, Fireworks, Set Your Goals and Four Year Strong.
Holy Shit!
Although I love the first three bands and they were fucking wicked I'm going to focus on Set Your Goals and Four Year Strong, both of which have brand spanking new albums coming out tomorrow (July 21st 2009).

Set Your Goals
New Album: This Will Be The Death Of Us
The second they hit the stage everybody in the crowd had their hands up and my view was blocked (which is why there are no pictures, sorry!). The vocals sounded different live, a little poppier and boyish but at the same time exhibiting more of a personal relation to their lyrics. By the second line of "The Fallen" the walls were dripping with sweat, and the energy portrayed on the teeny tiny stage was mirrored by the huge audience intent on the bands every move and their captivating presence on stage. With two members strictly on vocal duty, and still featuring two guitarists, a bassist and a drummer on top of that the stage was constantly full of movement, and though neither singer had anything but a mic to occupy their hands (I'll give them something...) they were never dull to watch, making use of every inch of the stage and fully aware of each other and the rest of the band the entire time.
Without hesitation they jumped into another old tune to really psych up the crowd, "Work In Progress" proved a huge pleaser and a venue-wide sing-a-long/clap-a-long ensued. After successfully giving the entire audience massive hard-ons they started to give us a taste of their wicked new album This Will Be The Death Of Us (out tomorrow) by playing "Look Closer", and judging by the load-blowing groans and cheers all around me not a soul was disappointed. Although lacking the pirate references that made Mutiny so sexy, and a tad more grown up instead, the new album is as solid as the rock of Gibraltar. Another new one called "Summer Jam" came next, and assured fans that this record still seesawed the line between pop punk and hardcore that made SYG loved by so many fans of either genre. The classic "Echoes" came next, and as kids jumped on stage to sing along with the band I finally realized what "brotherly love" meant, because watching this happen on stage between a bunch of strangers was the epitome of the phrase. "Goonies Never Say Die" encouraged this state of mind and was responsible for the biggest mosh pit of the night thus far, which only grew when "To Be Continued.." started. This song wasn't just my favourite apparently, it sent the entire audience into a frenzy and I couldn't even hear the band over the crowd singing along. Next they teased us again with another newbie called "Our Ethos: A Legacy To Pass On", which proved to be another hit, and all to soon the last song "Mutiny" erupted the stage with crowd surfers and more fans jumping up to join the band as they refused to accept the end of such an amazing set.
Werd.

Four Year Strong
New Album: Explains It All (90's covers album)
I'm not sure if the bands are switching headlining rolls on the Gig Tour or if Four Year Strong has headlined each show, but I was very surprised to see them on last.. not due to lack of talent or ability but just in comparison to Set Your Goals, who I have been listening to for a lot longer than I even knew of Four Year Strong. Judging by the turnout for this band though it was very legit that they got the headlining spot. As far as I know this was either their second or third show ever in Toronto, and it was absolutely amazing to see the number of fans sporting their florescent tee's and singing along to every single word.
Kicking things off with the intro to their first album Rise or Die Trying, the minute+ long chant called "The Takeover" rolled right into "Bada Bing Wit' A Pipe" and the now-enormous crowd pressed tightly to the stage. This band has a phenomenal set up on stage, I just can't get enough of it. So many singers, so much to look at, such wicked beards and the all-encompassing energy that engulfs everybody watching. And oh god they are tighter than any virgin of this world. Once again I couldn't see most of the stage because of the hands in the air and people jumping up and down in front of me, and to be honest I wasn't pissed either. When the first few notes to "Catastrophe" were strum next there wasn't a still asshole in the bunch, and the crowd was deafening as everybody screamed the words with such severity that it was almost like each mouth wrote the words they were singing themselves. "Abandon Ship or Abandon All Hope" came next, followed by "Men Are From Mars", both of which proved to be just as popular as "Catastrophe", with heavier breakdowns in person that got fists pumping and feet flying towards the middle of the room... yet another band straddling the pop punk/hardcore borderline.
Next came something that I was praying would happen... They played their cover of "Semi-Charmed Life"... and it was like my first orgasm twenty times over. The variety of vocals throughout the song were like different fingers piercing my v...*ahem*... they sounded amazing. Usually I'm not a huge fan of lots of covers in a set of a headlining band, but since FYS is releasing an entire album dedicated to 90's covers tomorrow I actually quite enjoyed it... unfortunately my phone died around this time and I missed the title of the next song they played, which I am 90% sure they said was another cover but I got distracted at this point and kinda forget what happened... oops! Anyway once my attention was directed back towards the stage I was delighted by "Beatdown In The Key Of Happy" which is one of my fav's because of the kickass drumming that goes into it, beats that you HAVE to dance to... whether it be hardcore dancing (haha "lawnmower" "clear house" haha suck my dick) or just bopping along or all out flailing around... and then it was over. And off stage they went... only to come out a few seconds later to thankfully do one encore... "Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die" was probably the best choice for the last song we could ask for, and there had to be at least twenty people spilling all over the stage, fighting for a chance at the mic, and jumping into the crowd left right and center. It was intense. Unfortunately that's all the time they had and that was the end of the show... It felt like they played for no more than 10 minutes, I could have watched them into the wee hours of the morning.. Nonetheless it was a GREAT show!!

Check out both bands new releases Tuesday July 21st, just buy them immediately it's worth whatever the cost is I promise.

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