I have been to The Foundry a few times for shows but never to its parent venue, The Fillmore. That finally changed for me as I kicked off the weekend taking in The Truth Tour, headlined by Nothing More. The Fillmore is an outstanding venue for a show, the sound was great, lights were great, couple of levels, wide open spacing and plenty of elbow room in the photo pit! 10 minutes from the Ben Franklin Bridge, easy in, easy out. If you ever want an alternative to NYC to see a show, this would be the place to go.
I must admit I am not that familiar with Nothing More, only from what comes across my Pandora mix, but the message of The Truth Tour is clear. Bringing people together in a common bond to make the world a better place. No Politics, No Causes just pure enjoyment of the music. My kinda place.
Walking into the openers, Palisades, already into their set I went around a bit getting a lay of the land and the vibe going on. The second band of the night was the reason I was there, more on them in a moment. The night was filled with aggressive and heavy, but soothing, music. Yes, Of Mice & Men relaxed me. I do not listen to much metal, lots of hard rock, but not much metal. Live though, it is a beautiful thing, especially up close and personal.
I only stayed for the first four songs of Nothing More, choosing to bug out after I was done and beat the mass exodus that would follow. Of a very cool note, Nothing More teamed up with a couple of organizations for the tour, one of which is To Write Love on Her Arms. $1 from every ticket sold will go to the organization to help those dealing with issues from depression and addiction. From what I can see they have had a few sellouts already on their 23 date tour. Good stuff.
So, the reason I took the jaunt to Philly. Badflower. I first caught them back in November at The Foundry and came away totally hooked. A pure rock band in an age of the not so pure. The passion and energy that they emit is incredibly contagious. No frills, no hooks, no fancy stuff just great music. I have seen descriptions of EMO and Alternative describing them in a few articles. Screw that, This is rock-n-roll straight up. Fresh off the release of their first full length offering OK, I’m Sick, the quartet is hard pressed to reveal the scope of their material while out as a 7 song set “support act” on this tour. But they will be putting in a short tour in Late April/May as Headliners before being regulated back to a support act. I say that very tongue in cheek as their summer will start off as a support act for Shinedown! Bad Ass. (PNC Bank Arts Center June 28)
OK, I’m Sick runs the gamut of emotions from the soft and subtle to the in your face, and it makes you pay attention. The third track on the album, Ghost, was previously released as a single and has become a nationally recognized song that has gathered great acclaim for the band. That was on top of my playlist after I first saw them but it is “Jester” the song in the two hole that has stayed in my head more than any other since the album’s release. One that I look forward to seeing live, whether it be in May or June. And just as a plug for a song that from an earlier EP, make sure to stream Animal. Loud. And if you see it live, take your earplugs out!
The choice selections from the evening:
Of Mice and Men