Being that this is their 6th full-length album that just came out, Stick to Your Guns embarked on a few shows: some on the East coast and some on the West coast. Eighteen Visions and Get the Shot supported the East coast show and then for the West coast shows, Eighteen Visions, Stone and Modern Color will support (Eighteen Visions will only play one show though). Personally, I have been listening to Stick to Your Guns for the past couple of years since I first heard “This Is More” and have been following them since “The Hope Division” album came out in 2010 and the single “Amber” became a hit. In my opinion, they definitely hit a mark with the preceding album “Diamond” coming out in 2012 and they had added guitarist Josh James formerly of Evergreen Terrace to solidify their lineup of seasoned vets. For them to have kept going for so long makes them one of the most consistent melodic hardcore bands in recent years and they definitely put all they have into their music. Anyhow, The final East coast show took place October 14th in Amityville, NY in Long Island (the day after the official worldwide album release) and people were stoked for the show including those who were VIP ticket buyers who got their “True View” goodies before doors opened so let’s jump right in.
First band to open the show was a band called Get the Shot from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. I had never heard of the band prior to the show. But they came highly recommended by Eighteen Visions frontman James Hart after we had talked for a bit before the show started. And thankfully, they never let down whatsoever. Lots of fast, heavy beats and riffs that had people who had never heard of them mosh and a very few people who were up front screamed along with a few songs during the set. After seeing the set, I would definitely recommend peeps check them out if anyone asks what I’m jamming one day. Be sure to check out their album “Infinite Punishment” which came out August 14th on New Damage Records.
Setlist: I Want to Set the World on Fire intro, Purgation, Fake Reaper, Hellbringer, Erase the Scum, Demon Stomp, Absolute Sacrifice, Rotting Idols, Blackened Sun (feat. Jesse Barnett of Stick to Your Guns), Cold Hearted.
Up next were the metalcore veterans from Orange County, California, Eighteen Visions. It was their first show back in Amityville after many years so it was going to be a good set for sure especially after seeing them in California earlier this summer. Opening the set with “She Looks Good in Velvet”, they hit the people hard throughout the entire set full of songs from “Until the Ink Runs Out” and “XVIII” with gems from “Vanity” and “Obsession”. Never missing a beat while James’ vocals are as better as ever, the band which now includes now official rhythm guitarist Josh James (Yeah, I know he’s balancing both STYG and 18V), 18V left the people in attendance very hyped and excited for what’s to come after the ended with a encore consisting of the “Tower of Snakes” breakdown. Lots of moshing and crowd participation and a couple of stage divers toward the end of the set: great set overall!
Setlist: She Looks Good in Velvet, The Psychotic Thought, Vanity, She’s a Movie Produced Masterpiece, Crucified, Underneath My Gun, Oath, Motionless and White, Who the Fuck Killed John Lennon, Tower of Snakes.
Now the headliners, also from Orange County, came and took the stage and celebrated their album’s release in the best way possible: hitting them with the left and right playing songs from what vocalist Jesse Barnett calls the most personal Stick to Your Guns album in their discography. With songs from the albums ranging from “The Hope Division” until now, the band of seasoned vets were just as energetic as the crowd with their jumps on stage, Jesse’s roars and tight drumming provided by drummer George Schmitz. A couple of times during the set before they got into the next song, Jesse would use that time to let people know of the situations the band members were in while writing and recording of the album and how the album was more personal than political like the last couple of albums and how proud he was to be playing music with his band brothers. There was definitely more crowd surfing and stage diving at that time so the entire show ended up the way everybody anticipated it to be. 14 years strong and still going on, much respect to Stick to Your Guns and be sure to buy the new album “True View” out now on Pure Noise Records!
Setlist: 3 Feet from Peace, The Sun. The Moon. The Truth, Against Them All, What Choice Did You Give Us, We Still Believe, Universal Language, Such Pain, Married to the Noise, The Crown, Better Ash Than Dust, Nothing You Can Do to Me, Doomed by You, Empty Heads, The Suspend, Amber, Nobody.