The Rise Records Freshman Class Tour rolled into Broadway Joe's on May 2, showcasing the record label's young, yet full-of-potential bands. Opening the tour was Buffalo's own Saints and Madmen.
The band was led by clean vocalist Jaycifer Kowalewski, who showed eerie similarities to earlier versions of Alesana and Underoath. This band had a good set and could see big things soon.
The next band up was Palisades, which definitely set the bill, having the most energetic set of the night. The band showed phenomenal stage presence throughout the set. Watching this band reminded me of very popular bands in the same genre, such as Story of the Year and Senses Fail. The band showed a great mix of energy and crisp live sound to impress the crowd.
Following the Palisades' impressive set was Hands Like Houses, who traveled all the way from Australia to play for the fans in Buffalo. Although this band was the least heavy of the night, the crowd showed great familiarity with its music. The band, playing its first U.S. tour, is similar to Emarosa and Sleeping With Sirens.
Next came My Ticket Home, which was definitely the most impressive set of the night. For the entire set, the band was in sync with its movements, and its sound was crisp, allowing the audience to hear the music as it was intended. With very impressive vocals from Nick Giumenti, this band shows a lot of potential for the near future.
Rounding out the night was headlining band The Air I Breathe. The heaviest band of the night, it played a very fast-paced set while showing off its metal styling. With a great mix of clean vocals and screams, this band definitely showed why it belonged as the headliner of the show. After playing on tours with For All Those Sleeping and Breathe Carolina, this band is starting to take off and expects to release new music very soon.
Ed Slowinski is a senior at City Honors.