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Nothing More/Badflower/Palisades Live Show Review The Webster Theater, Hartford, CT By Nina McCarthy,

Nothing More/Badflower/Palisades

Live Show Review

The Webster Theater, Hartford, CT

March 11, 2019

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio 

 

When I saw this tour announced, I had to be there! Palisades and Badflower are two bands I discovered through Sirius XM Octane and we quickly added to our playlist. I had yet to see either band live, so this was my chance. Nothing More is a given that you have to see live, and Of Mice & Men were an added bonus. I made my plans to be at The Webster Theater in Hartford, CT for this high energy rock show. 

Palisades opened the night, busting into “War” to a crowded Webster Theater. They pushed through an 8 song set including “Shed My Skin,” “Better Chemicals, ”Aggression,” and finishing with “Erase The Pain.” Luis Miceli was ill and it was slightly apparent in his vocals, although he pushed through the stellar performance. Back up vocals by the other band members provided beautiful harmonies and helped Miceli through his struggles. I did get a chance to meet Luis and grab a picture and station shout out before he escaped to eat his hot soup. I’m excited to see what is next for Palisades, as these guys have hit 2019 with their running shoes on. 

Badflower graced the stage and I was instantly in love with now blonde frontman Josh Katz. I loved the songs I had heard from Badflower from the radio, especially ‘Heroin,” but the whole package before me was mesmerizing. Never had a frontman grabbed my attention so quickly since Johnny Stevens of Highly Suspect. Speaking of Highly Suspect, Katz reminded me of a younger (and much less tattooed, if he had any at all) Johnny Stevens. He had that same command of the stage. Even his spoken word was poetic and his vocals full of raw emotion. I enjoyed every moment the band was on stage. One would never know Katz suffered from anxiety and panic attacks onstage, that he speaks so open about. Guitarist, Joey Morrow had recently taken time off from the band for personal reasons and duties were covered by a fantastic replacement named Danny. I didn’t get his last name, but he fit right in and rocked the stage as we all wanted and needed. “x Ana x,” “Heroin,” “Ghost,” and ‘Animal’ were amongst their setlist along with a few few lesser known songs.  I wanted to hear more and I will be sure to catch these guys live again.

 

 

A representative from Of Mice & Men came up to the microphone and announced that they would not be playing this night due to frontman and bassist Aaron Pauley having gone to the hospital earlier that day and they decided to keep him for further testing. He performed the next night in Boston, so he must have fared well. This poor tour had been stricken by the plague that so many have suffered with this winter. 

The setup quickly began for the big production of Nothing More. If you haven’t seen Nothing More live than I highly suggest you change that because they are one of the most energetic bands I’ve ever seen. A white curtain covered the front of the stage with the tour name, “Truth” with it upside down and backwards. I was in the press area to the side of the stage watching the set up as Mark Vollelunga, Daniel Oliver, and Ben Anderson took their places. As the curtain fell, the stage was full of machinery completely designed by bassist Daniel Oliver as Jonny Hawkins made his entrance and initiated the crowd with “Convict/Divide.” Hawkins was quickly covered in sweat sporting his usual attire, a pair of jeans, barefoot and all, as he worked the stage and machinery. During “Let ‘Em Burn” the stage appeared to be on fire from the creative lighting. Do you like drums? Well, Nothing More does too and they all play on drums set up around the stage throughout the set. Most known for the Scorpio Tail, that makes it appearance later in Jonny is lifted up by hydraulics as he plays this contraptions as an instrument while he continues to belt out the lyrics. “Go To War,” “Do You Really Want It,” “Still In Love,” “Jenny” off their latest album interwoven with some off their 2014 release, and even a cover of “We Will Rock You” by Queen were included in the long set.  Before performing “Jenny,” a song about Hawkins sister, he brought attention to the “To Write Love On Our Arms” campaign, which is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide, while investing directly into treatment and recovery. This was a sobering moment of reflection before the energy was back up to an 11.

 

 

This was certainly a night of high energy and amazing music that I didn’t want to end. If this tour is in a city near you, I urge you to buy tickets and be there, even if it’s a school or work night. You will thank me!

 

(Photo credit to Inside the Setlist for the photo of Josh Katz and Marlene Buckley Photography for the rest.)

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