This past Wednesday, The Palladium in Worcester, Ma hosted the self-defined “Screamo/Rock” group Blessthefall in their intimate venue (“The Upstairs”). Blessthefall was supported by New Jersey rock group Palisades, Slaves from Sacramento, California, and Glass Houses from Fargo, North Dakota. I’ve been to the Palladium’s main venue a countless amount of times, but this was my first time experiencing their "The Upstairs" and honestly, I really enjoyed it. My favorite type of concert experience is one where I can get up close to the band and really feel like I’m a part of the show and not just in the crowd. On the other hand, as I age, I have also learned to appreciate some shows from afar. The upstairs venue offered the best of both worlds. I loved the intimate setting that it offered, especially when the earlier bands took the stage. This type of setting allowed the openers to really interact with the crowd and set a good tone for the night. However, the best part about the upstairs is that once I had enough of being in the crowd in front of the stage, I could easily make a retreat up to the side balcony and still feel like I was close to the action. I thought this type of venue suited the performances perfectly and it led to a really great night!
First to the stage was Glass Houses. This four-piece post-hardcore/metalcore band really impressed me. I hadn't heard of them prior to the show, but I have been listening to them a bunch since. They had a great stage presence and you could tell that they were genuinely having a great time on stage. Having that energy early in the night is critical and Glass Houses delivered. Their sound is right up my alley too! Definitely check out a few of their songs below
Second up was Slaves. With Matt McAndrews (who was apparently a finalist on The Voice) at the helm, Slaves offered a fantastic set. The instrumentals were tight and driving while the vocals were silky smooth yet hard hitting when you needed them to be. In all, Slaves put on a really good performance from start to finish and I enjoyed the hell out of it!
Up next was Palisades. All I can say is “Man, does Palisades have a cool sound.” Mixing hard rock and post-hardcore elements with a flare of pop and EDM creates such an awesome sound that satisfies multiple musical cravings at once. I think the best example of this is their song “Player Haters’ Ball.” This song is easily my favorite by Palisades and I think it encapsulates their sound perfectly. I love the mix of the electronic elements along with the hard-hitting instrumentals. This provides so much dynamic range that keeps you hyped and on your toes throughout the entire song. Palisades had the energy to match while on stage. I loved Palisades going into the show and their set only reinforced that!
Last, but certainly not least, was Blessthefall. For some reason that I cannot seem to place my finger on, I had slept hard on Blessthefall. This makes absolutely no sense seeing on how they are so obviously within the screamo/metalcore genre that I LOVE! In fact, it wasn’t until their song “Cutthroat” came on my Spotify playlist a few months back that I realized the error of my ways. Their live set confirmed my new found love for this band. The band really checks so many boxes for me. Heavy guitars. Guttural vocals on the verses. Catchy choruses. Awesome synth and EDM parts in the background. Listening to Blessthefall and seeing them live reminded me of when I was first getting into this type of music. This makes sense because Blessthefall is by no means a new band, having been around since 2003. They just encapsulate so much about what I love about the genre and damn-near perfect it. I cannot wait to see these guys again.