British band succeeds at making a name for itself in America

IMG-20111118-00662By Hailey Sager

This past week, I had the privileged of travelling around the state of Florida to see all six of the Florida tour dates of Mayday Parade’s Noise Tour.  Some people thought what I was doing was absurd, but I had the time of my life. I decided to attend all six dates in Florida when I found out that You Me At Six were on the bill. Being a band from the United Kingdom, they do not come to the United States often. I knew I needed to get my You Me At Six fix in before they left the country again.

The last leg of the tour started in Gainesville, Florida, then it moved onto St. Petersburg, continuing in Tallahassee. Tallahassee was my favorite night of the six dates. My sister and I left Gainesville at 5:30 in the morning. She had to be at the venue at noon because she was the runner for the bands. I had a nice dinner with my best friends who go to school in Tallahassee. After we ate, they dropped me off at Floyd’s where the line was literally wrapped around the entire building. I cheated and met up with some friends towards the front of the line. I made it acceptable because I do not like to be front and center at the barricade to watch bands.

Once I was in the venue, I met up with my sister who had an all-access pass for me! It basically just let me take a breath of fresh air in between sets that I would not normally get with venues ‘Under-21 No Re-entry’ rule. After I got my pass from my sister I went up to the merchandise tables and bought a You Me At Six shirt from Dan, their merch guy. I made it known how upset I was that “Sinners Never Sleep” is still not available until January here in America. It later became all right during You Me At Six’s set when they announced they were bringing it to American in January and February with a headlining tour.

A new band to the music scene, The Make, kicked off every night of the Noise Tour. Every night I looked forward to watching their performance because of how original they are. If you are interested in an indie-pop version of Jason Mraz you should definitely listen to The Make.

Up next, were Orlando natives, There For Tomorrow. Even though they are from where I live, I had never seen them before this tour. They held their own in this crowd with just as many people singing along to their songs as Mayday Parade’s songs.

IMG-20111119-00667Finally, what I had been waiting for, You Me At Six were setting up. Having seen the show for the past two nights, I knew what to expect when the band started to play the introduction to “The Consequence” from their album “Hold Me Down.” Even knowing what to expect did not psych me out. I was gradually more excited to see them perform every night. “Safe to Hate Her,” also off of “Hold Me Down” was an awesome song that had even the members of the audience that were unfamiliar with the band dancing around. “This next song is a sing-a-long,” shouted front man, Josh Franceschi, leading into their new hit single, “Loverboy.” Although “Loverboy” and the next song, “Little Death” are both new songs off of “Sinners Never Sleep, this did not stop the crowd from knowing every word to the entire set. After their new songs, they paid tribute to older fans in the crowd like myself, singing “Liquid Confidence.” “Liquid Confidence” is another sing-a-long song in which, the band does not start unless they know the entire audience is going to be loud enough. They began to close out their set with my personal favorite, “Stay With Me.” I prefer it acoustic but the live version is so beautiful, it comes in as a close tie to the acoustic version in my book. They concluded their set with the crowd favorite, “Underdog.” The saddest part of my night was watching them dismantle their stage for We Are The In Crowd to start setting up.

We Are The In Crowd were up next as direct support to Mayday Parade. Having bought “Best Intentions” months ago, I had the greatest time singing along to all of their songs. Tay Jardine played every show in a leg cast after a mishap earlier on the tour. That did not stop her from dancing around the stage without missing a beat.

Tallahassee born and raised band, Mayday Parade were the happiest to be home. A lot of their friends and family were at the show to show the band their love and support. For me it was also nice seeing fellow extras and stars of Go Radio’s “Goodnight Moon” music video there to support Mayday Parade. My sister and I made sure to sing loudly at the top of our lungs to “Miserable At Best” and “Three Cheers For Five Years,” and many of their other songs in their set.
The highlight of my night was helping Josh Franceschi, of You Me At Six not enter the ladies restroom, instead pointing him in the direction of the men’s restroom. I had the opportunity to ask Dan Flint, You Me At Six’s drummer, what it was like to play to smaller crowds in America as opposed to sold out larger crowds all over Europe. He informed me that it was very refreshing to the band to come play shows where people have the chance to discover them as a band for the first time.

I am elated to have supported all the bands on The Noise Tour. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was a great opportunity to have the chance to see You Me At Six in a change of scenery different from Warped Tour. I am looking forward to have the chance to see them again in a different scene when they headline their own tour in January.

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