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Of Mice & Men @ The Electric Factory with Crown the Empire and Volumes.

May 11, 2015

OfMiceandMen-9Text and images by Erin Marhefka.

The Full Circle Tour made it’s way to the Electric Factory last Thursday for an insanity filled night. California natives Of Mice & Men and Volumes, along with Texans Crown the Empire, took the stage in front of an eclectic mix of older and young fans. The house was nearly packed before Volumes took the stage.

Volumes are a nu-metal whirlwind with two lead vocalists) and eerie backtracks that set them apart from post nu-metal bands. Within the first song, a huge mosh pit broke out in the middle of the crowd as they started up the night. The fans were constantly moving, jumping, crowd surfing and moshing during the entire set, thanks to Volume’s classic hyper metal sound and crazy fun energy. Though their music is on the heavier side, the feeling is kept light and airy. Vocalists Michael Barr and Gus Farias were constantly egging on the crowd to throw their hands up, crowd surf, and break out their lighters and even their phone flashlights during “Edge Of The Earth,” the second-to-last song and crowd favorite.

Next up were Crown The Empire, also sporting two lead vocalists but with a different twist. Andrew Valesquez and David Emarillo both did their fair share of screaming and clean vocals, while harmonizing to a T. Guitarist Benn Suede was also spinning and jumping constantly which also kept the energy on stage alive. Fan favorites like “The Fallout,” “Voices” and “Makeshift Chemistry” were played on their nine song setlist. Emarillo claimed that “tonight will be the best night of your lives,” and they easily lived up to that expectation.

Of Mice & Men closed the show, starting their set off with “Public Service Announcement,” the first track off of their new album Restoring Force. The second the lights dimmed and the backtrack began to play, the crowd went insane. The noise was unruly as vocalist Austin Carlile was the first to enter the stage.

Carlile engaged with the fans, reaching out and smiling to the ones up front. Of Mice & Men played many of their hits, such as “Let Live,” “Another You” and “Second & Sebring.” They dedicated “This Ones For You” to the fans that night.

Many fans even sported tattoos of the classic ampersand on their wrists and hands (the ones that were noticeable). This is a band that is known for ‘saving lives,’ as many people have put it. Because of that, this was a special night for the fans who fall under that category and saw them for the first time. Some of the younger fans had happy tears, the excitement building on them during the first song. Even the people in the back were moving, dancing and jumping around. There was a constant flow of energy that made this venue bounce.

 

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