On September 13th, punk-rock band Four Year Strong swept through Cleveland, Ohio’s Agora Ballroom with their Rise Or Die Trying 10-year anniversary tour.
Supporting acts included pop-punk bands Grayscale, Like Pacific and Seaway.
Grayscale opened their set with “Mum” that saw energy and a sound that sucked the crowd in from the moment they began. They played fan favorites such as “Atlantic” and “Palette.” Tracks like “Let It Rain” amped up the atmosphere, then they leveled it out with a song about suicide called “Beautiful Things.”
Next came Like Pacific who played a nice mix of newer tracks and some oldies. Like Pacific is great to listen to on audio, but as for live, I felt a bit bored. It was obvious that they poured their heart and soul out on the stage; however, it still felt like something was missing. Although they did preform “Distant” with plenty of entertainment.
Following Like Pacific came Seaway. Opening with “Slam,” the band came out on top of their game as the crowd belted “Everything is cool, man” along with them. Seaway presented themselves with an infectious fun vibe from the very start. Between them dancing around the stage and lead vocalist, Ryan Locke, wearing sunglasses, inside and at night made for an all around great and entertaining set. Other songs played included “Lula On The Beach” with a sweet vacation feel, “Best Mistake” and closing out with anthem “Airhead.”
Finally came Four Year Strong who played Rise Or Die Trying from beginning to end. Fans lost their ever-loving minds while moshing, crowd surfing, stage diving and everything in between. FYS kept the crowd energized with little banter during song breaks. After finishing the whole record we were treated to “We All Float Down Here,” “Find My Way Back” and closing out the set with “Wasting Time (Eternal Summer)” where half the crowd fit themselves on the stage with the band to sing along. It was a perfect way to end a set.
Don’t miss the chance to see this tour if you have the chance! I promise you’ll have a great time.
Sept 15 – Riot Fest Chicago, IL
Sept 16 – St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
Sept 18 – Amsterdam St. Paul, MN
Sept 20 – Fubar St. Louis, MO
Sept 21 – The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
Sept 22 – Marquis Theater Denver, CO
Sept 23 – Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 25 – Neumos Seattle, WA
Sept 26 – Hawthorne Theater Portland, OR
Sept 27 – Cornerstone Berkeley, CA
Sept 28 – Strummers Fresno, CA
Sept 29 – Chain Reaction Anaheim, CA
Sept 30 – Chain Reaction Anaheim, CA
Oct 1 – Teragram Los Angeles, CA
Oct 2 – The Irenic San Diego, CA
Oct 4 – The Nile Mesa, AZ
Oct 6 – Tricky Falls El Paso, TX
Oct 7 – Come and Take It Live Austin, TX
Oct 8 – RBC Dallas, TX
Oct 10 – Zydeco Birmingham, AL
Oct 11 – Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Oct 12 – Crowbar Ybor City, FL
Oct 13 – O’Malleys Margate, FL
Oct 14 – Backbooth Orlando, FL
Oct 15 – Backbooth Orlando, FL
Oct 17 – New Brookland Tavern Columbia, SC
Oct 18 – Blind Tiger Greensboro, NC
Oct 19 – Shakas Live Virginia Beach, VA
Oct 20 – Soundstage Baltimore, MD