The Black Cat Tour

With Never Shout Never, Metro Station, Julevera, & Waterparks

Date: January 26, 2016
Venue: The Showbox
City: Seattle, WA, USA
Highlight: Dancing all night like I was ‘Seventeen Forever
Reviewed By: Desiree Mark

The love and good vibes never stopped the whole night, as The Black Cat Tour frolicked through Seattle’s Showbox Theatre, Tuesday January 26th.

First up on the bill was Waterparks, Waterparks this, Waterparks that, W-A-T-E-R-P-A-R-K-S! The band whose name seems to be popping up everywhere, its not that anyone would want to get away from them, but you certainly couldn’t even if you tried! These energetic pop-punkers are currently blowing up on the scene! Having been compared to bands like All Time Low and 5 Seconds Of Summer, they just signed to Equal Vision Records and were personally invited to open for Good Charlotte down in LA. We couldn’t wait to see if they lived up to the hype live.

Yes, yes they did. On stage their infectious energy fit their lively pop punk sound, and their quirky cute personalities just made you want to immediately be their best friends forever.

“Straight out of Houston, TX the guys even picked up a little piece of home to bring out on tour with them, no they did not bring a single cowboy that, nor did they pack their good ol’ Texas BBQ but instead they brought along BFF and Texas pal Micheal Swank of Myka Relocate to fill in their live show with a little necessary bass. Micheal fit in perfectly and gave fans of the Houston music scene the cherry on top of the Waterparks sundae.”

Next up was Jule Vera, one of Alternative Press’sBands You Need To Know’ and we wholeheartedly agree. I may have been unfamiliar with Jule Vera up until the moment they stepped on stage, but they immediately captured my attention. Storybook perfect band. Front woman Ansley Newman was equally stunning as she was talented as her grandiose voice danced out over the crowded Showbox Theatre.

Highlights of their set included the on stage chemistry between vocalist Newman and her beau/ guitarist Jake Roland, the heartfelt performance of ‘Scarlet Letter’ (which by the way, has one of the most visually stunning music videos I have seen in a long time), and their perfectly choreographed drum solo that had all band members reaching for a drum to join in.

Next up was Metro Station, ready to get you feeling all nostalgic, with songs that make you want to sneak out of your house while your parents are asleep and run off to dance all night. Playing all the Metro Station classics like ‘Kelsey‘, ‘Seventeen Forever‘, and ‘Shake It‘ you couldn’t help but sing-a-long to every word. Making us grateful they reunited after a 5 year hiatus, songs like ‘Love & War‘ proved they’re back and ready to write another generation of hits.

Metro Station got everyone dancing… and then just as quickly they got everyone (everyone legal that is) drinking, coaxing fans to the bar to join them in some shots! Staying right in tune with the theme of their latest album and certainly keeping up appearances.

However, Trace Cyrus has clearly been hanging around Ronnie Radke a little too much lately, as I noticed he’s developed himself somewhat of an attitude. I was half expecting him to play one of their songs 5 times during their set or something ridiculous like that…

“After another Metro Station set I remain puzzled, wondering if it is physically possible for Cyrus to go an entire set without taking his shirt off, I’m not complaining by any means, don’t get me wrong. Just curious is all.”

Finally it was time for peace-loving, love-loving, main act, Never Shout Never.

As the scent of bubble gum vape wafted over the audience, Never Shout Never made their way to the stage. We’re happy to announce that our little barefoot wanderer Christofer Drew did in fact find shoes (and a pretty badass pair of flamingo socks) this tour ‘round, as anyone who attended Warped Tour may have noticed his lack there of. Such a charming character, if Christofer Drew wasn’t fronting NSN I could just as easily imagine him narrating a children’s picture book (and having the BlackCat Mascot as part of this tour made the thought even more ironic in my mind).

Overall, Never Shout Never has this quirky, playful, carefree stage presence that is absolutely infectious. Like a walk in the park on a sunny spring day, there’s something about their set that just makes you feel good and happy…or maybe that was something else in the air…

While the trend of today’s music world is currently all for over-produced, synthy electronic sounds Drew takes it back to a very organic and simple state- just a boy and his instruments. Like a singalong around a campfire with your best friends, there’s something so personal and genuine about seeing NSN live.

Despite having more than enough original songs, and the fact that this was The Black Cat Tour, in support of their latest album, NSN payed homage to some of their most important influences covering both ‘7 Nation Army’ by The White Stripes and the very iconic ‘Imagine’ by John Legend.

Throughout the set Drew showcased his true musicianship not only with his distinctive voice, but also his ability to rock the harmonica, ukulele AAAANNNDDD guitar.

“You’ve undoubtedly heard of tour managers, merch girls, guitar and drum techs, but have you ever heard of a ukulele-tech? Well Never Shout Never’s got one, keeping those uke solos tight all night long.”

Much of NSN’s set was spent playing the new hits from Black Cat, but they definitely also gave long time fans a little love, playing old classics like ‘Piggy Bank’ and ‘Lost At Sea’.

As sad as everyone was to see the night come to and end, an encore was called upon, where NSN gave their fans the longest song they could possibly think of as an encore. ‘Time Travel’ was the perfect song to lullaby the audience goodnight, as everyone left wishing they could time travel back to the beginning and do it all over again.

And the moral of the story is… all bands should have a mascot.

Be sure to check out our Never Shout Never photos from the ‘Black Cat Tour’ here!

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