This past week The Wonder Years made a stop in Carrboro on their current tour In promotion of their most recent album “No Closer To Heaven.” With support from letlive, Tiny Moving Parts, and Microwave is was sure to be a good show. Fortunately I was able to step behind the lens for the night and shoot some amazing bands.
The night started off with the chill rock group Microwave and the poetic post-rock stylings of Tiny Moving Parts, both equally entertaining in their own right. During Microwave’s set, between songs, the members talked about their past experiences in the Raleigh area. The guitarist even spoke of a morning he woke up and urinated on the tour van in a parking lot full of people. “I guess I dodged a public indecency charge somehow,” he laughed, “but now I’ve told all of you so... whoops.”
The emotional, poetic, post-rock stylings of Tiny Moving Parts brought the energy to the place. The lead guitarist/vocalist, Dylan, had tons of energy and the crowd loved them. But, with sing-a-longs and relatable lyrics, who couldnt? Being so similar to La Dispute and Pianos Become The Teeth, I can't believe I had never heard of them before. They are one of those openers you're happy you came early for. With their new album “Celebrate” coming out May 20th, expect to see them on tour packages more often!
Pre-orders available at http://tinymovingparts.com.
Now, I am a little biased when it comes to talking about letlive because they are my favorite live band at the moment. Much like the notoriously wild boys that were The Chariot, letlive is unpredictable. Mainly the vocalist, Jason Butler. In the past, I have seen him attempt to climb stage curtains and break a disco ball from the ceiling and proceed to bang his head on it while performing. This night was a little more tame, but he still found a way to climb into places in the venue where he wasn't meant to be.
Still touring on their 2013 album “The Blackest Beautiful,” their song list was the same as the past few times I saw them but their stage presence is irresistible. They did play a new song, which was a banger, for an upcoming album. “It has been a few years since we had new music” Butler said, breathing heavily, “and hopefully this summer we will have a new album for you.” The new album will be called “If I'm The Devil” and is expected within the next few months. Keep an eye on their site ,www.thisisletlive.com, for updates on the new album and upcoming show. If I ever had the decision of going to see letlive and not going to see letlive, I would never not go see letlive.
The headliners, the posi-punk boys and the band named after one of my favorite TV shows, The Wonder Years. A positive and real brand of pop punk that kids and all music lovers can latch onto. That's exactly who The Wonder Years are as a band. Their stage presence has changed a lot since I last sang “Came Out Swinging” at one of their shows. They had an impressive lighting setup and a couple more albums to pull songs from. Even with those changes, they looked like the same awkward gang as always. The vocalist has some unorthodox stage moves and they're just not the typical “band guys.” And I love every single minute of it. They play one of the tightest sets I have ever seen and sound just like what comes through the speakers at home. Their new album “No Closer To Heaven” is exactly what you would expect from them. Take a listen on Spotify and see what posi-punk is all about.