It’s been a while. (And no, I don’t mean Aaron Lewis of Staind)
Too much has been going on in the Ty_RockCity Productions camp (which is mainly me, myself and I. Haha) and I have been attending shows here and there but haven’t really written about them in forever. This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia was awesome and I had the chance to finally see Martyr AD and Sect live. Other shows I have attended were either pretty decent, was alright but really weren’t something to write home about, or I was too busy taking pics for Ty_RockCity Photography. Well yesterday in Brooklyn, I attended a show at the ever-awesome Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn where the dudes in Hundred Suns were headlining on their first ever tour.
In case you didn’t know, Hundred Suns is a project which was started by Cory Brandan (Norma Jean), Chris LeMasters (ex-Dead and Divine) and Ryan “Legs” Leger (ex-Every Time I Die). The project never fully took off at first because everyone involved were either in full-time bands and projects but it was slowly brewing from the ground up until finally the guys were able to fully create a full-length album in the time that they had and raised money on Indiegogo to record it in the studio. Prior to the album’s release, it was announced that the label New Damage Records signed the band to their label and release the album on August 11th, 2017 and with that, a headlining tour across America and a few cities in Canada. I, along with others who have been fans of their established bands and projects were excited to hear whatever material they had which came in the form of “Fractional”, the first ever single released. A few other singles dropped after that which led up to the tour which started on the West Coast making their way through select cites stopping in Brooklyn on their way up the northeast.
I was one of the people that bought a VIP ticket to the show which entitled you to show up to the venue early and meet with the guys themselves
(Cory I have spoken to a couple of times before when Norma Jean was touring in support of “Wrongdoers”). It was awesome meeting Chris and Ryan for the first time since I have heard Dead and Divine’s music before and was a fan of Ryan’s drum work on Every Time I Die’s “From Parts Unknown” even though I wish he was still drumming for them. Lol. After me and couple of VIPs got the free goodies at the meet-and-greet, which was a flag and a VIP laminate, those in attendance hung out at the bar and socialized with beers until the show started later.
First band to play was the Boston, Mass. based band Actor, Observer. I have previously seen them play live in Long Island with Varsity, Restwell and Call It Home at Even Flow Bar and Grill. They were good and if memory serves me correctly, they are playing Vanna’s last show ever on December 15th at The Palladium in Worester, Mass. so I recommend checking them out. The second band to play was SunnDrug from Virginia Beach. They were pretty good but never really got into them. Then, Hundred Suns came on stage to close out the night playing almost their entire album excluding two songs. It was definitely a energetic set with the band and the fans exchanging energies back and forth making it a good night. Cory after seeing him many times when he played in Norma Jean sounds exactly how he does on recording even though he may look out of breath or tired when you see him but he still gave it all to the performance as well as Chris on lead guitar executing his parts and of course Ryan on the drums playing the way he plays with his gospel style chops, etc. The band also has two touring members playing rhythm guitar and bass while doing back-up vocals respectively, which made for the completely full sound as it was on the album. Great set, everything sounded good, people in attendance knew every single word to the songs and were singing the words back at Cory. What more can you ask of a good set on a tour that has been very well received?
Hundred Suns setlist: The Prestaliis, Partner/Predator, Last Apology, Fractional, Hellelujah, Bedburner, Reversal, December, Amaranthine.