Concert Review: The Amity Affliction, Senses Fail, Silent Planet, & Belmont In Santa Cruz, CA

On February 8, I attended The Amity Affliction, Senses Fail, Silent Planet, and Belmont concert at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA and it was a great show.

The event began with a fun performance from pop punk act Belmont. The band were energetic and had great songs that really helped warm everyone up early on in the evening. A highlight from their set was “Pushing Daisies.”

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Silent Planet took the stage next with their unique brand of metalcore. The group take heavy music and mix it with poetic and atmospheric elements, while maintaining a clear and powerful message. It’s definitely an interesting experience to see them live, especially if you don’t know what to expect beforehand. Some highlights from their set included “Native Blood,” “Panic Room,” and “Depths II.”

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After Silent Planet, it was time for the first of the two co-headliners, Senses Fail. The post-hardcore act blasted onstage with “Can’t Be Saved” and just kept rocking from there. Buddy Nielsen may have been the most energetic frontman of the night with crazy dance moves, mic tricks, cartwheels, and more. He was definitely entertaining and the crowd couldn’t get enough. Some highlights from their set included “Lady In A Blue Dress,” “Buried A Lie,” “Elevator To The Gallows,” and their covers medley, which featured System Of A Down’s “Chop Suey.” Drowning Pool’s “Bodies,” Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff,” and Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade.”

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Senses Fail finished up and then it was time for the second of the two co-headliners, Australian metalcore act The Amity Affliction. The band stormed the stage with “Drag The Lake” off their latest album “Misery” as the audience screamed with excitement. From there, the group played a balanced set of new and old tracks with each song being executed flawlessly. Ahren Stringer and Joel Birch’s vocals were especially on point. If you have yet to see The Amity Affliction live, it would be worth your while to catch them on their next tour. Highlights from their set included “This Could Be Heartbreak,” “D.I.E.,” “Don’t Lean On Me,” and their encore “All Fucked Up.”

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Senses Fail Premiere “Elevator To The Gallows” Music Video

Senses Fail have premiered a new video for their song “Elevator To The Gallows.” The clip finds the band trying to learn how to win the affection of Demi Lovato. The track appears on their latest album “If There Is Light, It Will Find You.”

Senses Fail Spark Debate After Saying They Are Going Re-Record Songs With Words Like “Bitch” & “Whore” Taken Out Of Them

Senses Fail have revealed that they are planning to re-record earlier tracks like “Bastard Son” and “Handguns And Second Chances” with words such as “bitch” and “whore” removed to make them less offensive. The decision has sparked a debate among fans on Twitter and some of the band’s responses can be found below:

[via Alternative Press]

Silent Planet Added To The Amity Affliction, Senses Fail, & Belmont Tour

Silent Planet have been added to The Amity Affliction, Senses Fail, and Belmont’s upcoming tour. The band are replacing Bad Omens, who dropped off the trek following some controversy.

Tour Dates:

01/04 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues Anaheim
01/05 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
01/06 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
01/08 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
01/09 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
01/11 New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
01/12 Orlando, FL – House of Blues Orlando
01/13 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
01/15 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
01/16 Charlotte NC – The Underground
01/18 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
01/19 Worcester MA – The Palladium
01/20 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
01/22 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
01/24 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
01/25 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
01/26 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
01/27 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland
01/29 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
01/30 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
02/01 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
02/02 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex (Grand Room)
02/04 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
02/05 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
02/07 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
02/08 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
02/09 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent

Bad Omens Drop Off Upcoming Tour With The Amity Affliction, Senses Fail, & Belmont

Bad Omens have dropped off their tour with The Amity Affliction, Senses Fail, and Belmont. The Amity Affliction and Senses Fail claim the band pulled out because “they were unhappy about the size of their name on the artwork,” but Bad Omens have since fired back with their own statement saying “terms of [their] deal to be the direct support act on this co-headline tour were negotiated prior to accepting the tour and they were not honored.”

Here’s The Amity Affliction and Senses Fail’s statement:

“We have to let you know that Bad Omens have pulled out of this tour. They were unhappy about the size of their name on the artwork and felt the need to pull out the day after we announced.

Both The Amity Affliction and Senses Fail are working hard to find a replacement and we look forward to sharing that with you as soon as possible.”

Here’s Bad Omens’ statement:

“We are always professional and respectful with the bands that we tour with. Anyone that’s toured with us can attest to that. We are not a band that creates problems or ever finds itself involved in “drama”. With that being said the last thing we wanted to do was make a big deal out of our departure from the tour with Senses Fail / Amity Affliction when announcing that we would no longer be on it. But due to both Senses Fail and The Amity Affliction’s attempts to publicly drag our name in the mud along with all of the online bullying they’ve not only welcomed but encouraged – they’ve forced our hand.

The terms of our deal to be the direct support act on this co-headline tour were negotiated prior to accepting the tour and they were not honored. Our team politely and professionally asked it to be honored before the tour was announced and they refused. Specific assets requested were neither sent or approved. After all of this and the tour still going live we did our best to remedy the situation to stay involved and we were met with total disrespect. At this point it was a matter of principle. We aren’t going to be another young band that gets pushed around by older bands. Sorry if that doesn’t work for you. This public shaming campaign the bands have created online is both ironic and symbolic to the situation, as well as confirmation we made the right choice by leaving this tour. I grew up listening to Senses Fail and I never imagined they would stimulate this kind of bullying or shaming over something so trivial – this unprofessional and ugly behavior is highly disappointing. None the less we wish the bands the best on their tour, and we apologize to anyone we’ve disappointed by dropping off the tour.

Standing up for yourself in any type of relationship, whether business or personal, is something Bad Omens believes in. Sometimes that means people get upset, hence having to write this.

We hope you enjoy our new shirt design.
Go to badomensofficial.com for our upcoming tour dates.”

Sumerian Records founder Ash Avildsen tweeted about the situation as well:

The Amity Affliction & Senses Fail Announce Co-Headlining Tour

The Amity Affliction and Senses Fail have announced a co-headlining tour. Bad Omens and Belmont will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

01/04 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues Anaheim
01/05 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
01/06 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
01/08 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
01/09 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
01/11 New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
01/12 Orlando, FL – House of Blues Orlando
01/13 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
01/15 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
01/16 Charlotte NC – The Underground
01/18 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
01/19 Worcester MA – The Palladium
01/20 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
01/22 New York, NY – PlayStation Theater
01/24 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
01/25 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theatre
01/26 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
01/27 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland
01/29 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
01/30 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
02/01 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
02/02 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex (Grand Room)
02/04 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
02/05 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
02/07 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
02/08 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
02/09 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent

Senses Fail Joined Onstage By Twiztid For System Of A Down, Limp Bizkit, Etc. Covers Medley At Tampa Date Of The Vans Warped Tour

While on the Vans Warped Tour’s final cross-country run, Senses Fail decided to incorporate a covers medley, featuring System Of A Down‘s “Chop Suey!“, Drowning Pool‘s “Bodies“, Limp Bizkit‘s “Break Stuff” and Rage Against The Machine‘s “Bulls On Parade“, into their set and during the Tampa, FL date Twiztid got in on the fun. You can see footage of that below: