Four Year Strong Holiday Show 2011

The holiday season just wrapped up and for Worcester area band Four Year Strong the holiday season means one thing: their annual holiday show at the Worcester Palladium. Of course this time it was wrapped into the It’s A Gig Life Tour. Joining Four Year Strong on this whimsical holiday adventure were Set Your Goals, Balance and Composure, Transit and Diamond. Needless to say it was one hell of a show. See what I have to say about everything after the jump!

First up was Diamond, an alt rock band straight out of Baltimore and if I remember correctly featuring at least one member of Trapped Under Ice. I had never heard these guys before that night and while I haven’t listened to alt rock in ages (I’m a pop-punk fan now) these guys put on a great performance and the crowd seemed pretty into it. Most likely I’ll be picking up their CD and giving it a listen and I would recommend that you do too.

Diamond

Diamond

Diamond

Diamond

Next up was Transit. As you may know Transit is easily one of my favorite bands. I have all their CDs and I know the words to pretty much every single song. I was doing my best to both sing along and take photos at the same time which is rather interesting to do. Anyways, I love Transit and they put on a pretty good performance which is saying a lot coming from me seeing how I’ve seen them about 15 times if memory serves me. That number could vary by 3 or 4 in either direction, all I know is that I’ve seen them many, many times. Transit is always a great band to photograph as Joe Boynton, the lead singer, is very energetic and bounces around the stage and actually jumped a few times which I have never seen him do before. Transit played a mix of old and new songs, including my favorite Transit song For The World. If you aren’t already in to this band you should be.

Transit

Transit

Transit

Transit

After Transit was Balance and Composure, a band that I love but can’t really nail down a genre too. I’ve never actually seen them live and I was not disappointed with their live performance. Granted I don’t have their newest CD and I should really get on that so that I can actually learn their new songs. Anyways, they put on quite an energetic show. If you haven’t seen them before I would recommend seeing them live, they put a lot of heart into playing their songs and during the instrumental riffs you can really feel the emotion.

Balance and Composure

Balance and Composure

Balance and Composure

Balance and Composure

After Balance and Composure was Set Your Goals, a band I’ve only seen once before at Warped Tour two years ago. They usually put on a pretty energetic show, bouncing around and trying to get the crowd to do the same. There were a fair amount of crowd surfers during Set Your Goals (I was not surprised when I was getting bumped around by security catching crowd surfers). They opened up with the always awesome Goonies Never Say Die. I have no actually listened to their new CD so I was glad that they played a bunch of songs off their first two CDs.

Set Your Goals

Set Your Goals

Set Your Goals

Set Your Goals

Headlining of course was Four Year Strong. I’ve seen them live a few times, but this is the first time without Josh, their former keyboardist/screamer. Even with the loss of Josh (now in foxfires) and the fact that Dan didn’t have much a voice they still put on a strong show. I am not going to lie, I am not a huge fan of their latest CD but the songs they played off it were done well and were quite catchy. Maybe I’ll give it a more serious listen. They had a different sound without Josh and the keyboard, not necessarily bad, but different. However a couple of songs such as Bada Bing Wit a Pipe and the ever awesome Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die didn’t sound the same without the synths. Dan was having throat issues so members of Set Your Goals helped out with a few of the songs and Mike Adams of A Loss for Words climbed into the crowd to do guest vocals during Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die.

Four Year Strong

Four Year Strong

Four Year Strong

Four Year Strong

Overall it was a pretty great show and I got to see a bunch of people I hadn’t seen in a while. You can find all the photos from the show here 

-Ethan

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