Thursday, July 22nd was the day live music began again for us. And Thank Goodness! Amos’ Southend was alive with people standing outside waiting to see the bands and all that excitement carried throughout the evening.
Starting with local Charlotte group Falling Through April. They played a brief but great set, including their more popular songs “Paralyzed” & “Desperate Measures”. Their music was great, I just wished for a little more energy on stage.
Next up was another local Charlotte group, Scars Remain. I must admit that when I heard their sound check, I was more excited to hear them play. Among the songs they played were “Disease”, “Rabbit Hole”, & “Killing Field” and they ended their set with “Wish I Was”. These guys had great interaction with the crowd and were energetic on stage and they brought the heavy and I was so happy to hear it.
Third band of the night was Seven Year Witch from Anderson SC. Now, these guys gave some good music, had great crowd interaction, and have personality plus. With a funky rock ’n’ roll sound, their music is infectious, and you can’t help but have a good time when they’re on stage. Performing “My Turn”, “Peril”, “Safe & Sound” & “Rags to Riches” to name a few. You can tell they’re putting in the work, being given the opportunity of sharing the stage with bigger bands such as POD, Buckcherry and Pop Evil. They’ve been paying their dues since 2013 and I feel like all the hard work is just about to pay off.
Last but certainly not least was Adelitas Way. The band most people came out to see. They took the stage by storm with “Still Hungry” and “Ready for War (Pray for Peace).” Fans were singing along and jumping up and down, enjoying the show, even forming a mini mosh pit in the back of the crowd. After a couple more songs, they slowed things down a bit with “Somebody Wishes They Were You” and “Alive,” songs about finding peace and love. In between songs they took a minute to thank the healthcare workers, first, responders, police, and veterans. Bands always get my respect doing that during a show. Their final songs toward the end of their set were “Criticize” and “Notorious” and they ended the night with “Invincible”.
All in all, it was a great night to usher live music back in to the QC. Thank You to all of the bands for allowing us to come out and a special thank you to the guys in Seven Year Witch for the Photo Op Upstairs and to Andrew Cushing and Tavis Stanley of Adelitas Way for getting us the access and a huge thanks to Rick Dejesus and Tre Stafford for signing my photos. You all are CLASS ACTS.
Review by: Melissa Gibson
Photos by: Stephen Gibson Photography