My taste in music is your face

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, Sunday night concerts are a little odd, but nonetheless enjoyable. Yesterday, we saw twenty one pilots at their biggest headlining show in Toronto (it was sold out!).

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Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph aka twenty one pilots

I constantly forget that I’ve actually seen TOP before, two years ago when they opened for Fall Out Boy, but since I spent most of their set standing in the Panic! at the Disco merch line, I only heard them. It’s a different experience actually seeing them.

Because the line to get into the venue stretched literally around the corner (the longest line I’ve ever stood in to get into the Sound Academy, and we purposely showed up 15 minutes after doors opened!), we missed the very first band. I think it was a local band, but I feel sorry for them because there was probably only a handful of people in the crowd (seriously, we stood in line for almost an hour!).

We made it inside in time to see Echosmith. I like Echosmith – I saw them headline in March – and while they are a fun, poppy band, they seemed like such an odd choice to open for TOP. They still put on a great show, and played quite a long set for an opening band (about 40 minutes or so).

TOP came out just after 9pm and the venue exploded. Not literally, of course, but from where I was standing (in the barricade 19+ area), all I could see were flailing hands as the crowd pushed and danced and screamed for these two dudes from Ohio.

They opened with “Heavydirtysoul”, which is also the opening track on their latest album, Blurryface. Just as it did with the album, the song set the pace for the rest of the night.

The show was energetic and well produced (I sound like I know what I’m talking about, but I really don’t). The lights were amazing, the smoke effects were cool, and I’m still trying to figure out if Josh Dun actually drummed while being held up by the crowd or if there was a mini catwalk that I couldn’t see.

I haven’t been a TOP fan long enough to know all the words to all the songs; I know most of Blurryface, but there are certain songs from 2013’s Vessel that I only kind of know. One such song is “Migraine”: I know the chorus, but I was unable to keep up with the crowd as they screamed the first verse while Tyler Joseph held the mic out. Next time, you guys.

My favourite part of the set, music-wise, was right at the beginning when they segued from “Stressed Out” in “Guns for Hands”, my two favourite TOP songs. I also really enjoyed the medley of songs they played in the middle of the set; I recognized most of the songs, but I couldn’t tell you what they’re called.

I also found it really interesting that, while they played most of Blurryface, they didn’t play their first single from it, “Fairly Local”. I had been looking forward to hearing it, and it was surprising that they left it off the setlist.

Their mini encore was excellent: while “Goner” is a slower song, it has a final burst of energy that brings everything together, and “Trees” was fantastic – the drum-off, the confetti, the rollicking crowd…it was all very well done.

If you want to feel like you’re at a rave without actually being at a rave (not that I know what being at a rave is like), I recommend seeing twenty one pilots live.

I wish that I could be like the cool kids

On Thursday, we had what we referred to as our “first official concert of 2015”. Now, technically we’ve already been to a show (when we saw Wynton Marsalis in February), but since that was a sit-down, out-of-our-normal-genre show, it didn’t really count.

So we kicked off the 2015 concert season with Echosmith!

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Noah, Sydney, Jamie, and Graham

They’re a Californian band of four siblings, and if you think they look young, you’re right. The oldest, Jamie, is 21, and the youngest, Graham, is 16. Which basically means that 3/4 of the audience felt old, myself included.

The opening band, The Colourist, was very good. We saw them last year when they opened for Panic! at the Disco, and I remember being impressed by their female singer-drummer. They worked really well as the opener for this tour, because they have a similar sound to Echosmith.

Echosmith came out just after 7:30pm, and they were excellent. They’re young, but they’re so talented and they sold out the Mod Club, which is super impressive considering it was their first headlining tour.

I think it’s really cute that they’re siblings and their familial bond makes for tight-knit, energetic performances. There were no blips or awkward moments and, while they didn’t talk too much, they made sure to show their enthusiasm and gratitude to the audience.

Plus they brought out a giant cello for “Bright”! More bands need to bring out classical instruments because it’s awesome.

Ro and I were especially excited to hear “Cool Kids” which is ridiculously catchy, and they made it even better by introducing the song with a talk about how it’s okay to be yourself and how you can achieve happiness when you accept “who you are and who you’re not”. It was a sweet, uplifting moment, and I’m really glad they took the time to boost their fans’ confidence.

My favourite moment came at the very end. When they left the stage for the encore, I turned to Ro and said, “They can’t possibly leave, they haven’t played ‘Nothing’s Wrong’ yet.” And lo and behold, a minute later, they came back out and said, “We have one more song for you. This is called ‘Nothing’s Wrong’!” and I screamed and I’m pretty sure no one else did, but that’s okay because I was really excited and the song lived up to my expectations.

And then it was over and it was only 9pm. So sure, it was an early show, but I didn’t actually mind because secretly I’m 85 years old and I just want to be in bed by 10pm.

In all seriousness, it was a fantastic show, and I highly recommend giving Echosmith a listen, especially if you’re a fan of Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, or even Taylor Swift. This band will probably make it big in a couple of years and I encourage you to keep an eye on them.