January 27, 2018 Rio Theatre Photography by: Daniel W Young
13 Reasons It Was A “Pleaser” of A Show
Alright- getting rid of the need for me to use any sort of creativity I will allow myself to indulge in what I can only imagine is an overdone cheesy approach to reviewing a Wallows concert and give you the 13 Reasons Why you should have checked them out. Perhaps in no particular order, yet maybe in an order indeed.
13. It was the Rio Theatre- which is just kind of cool with popcorn and beer.
12. It was a Saturday night and you just have to get your music fix.
11. You are a teen that just had to see one of the stars or actors from some of your favourite TV shows or movies.
10. You liked The Strokes to the point that you wanted to hear something with a similar style but that blended the sounds in a more upbeat manner.
09. In 2006, Braeden might have played an autistic kid in the TV show House, but members of the band Wallows had been in a different band before and they played a charity benefit for autism too! I know, what does this have to do with anything? Well, water cooler talk is that the guys in the band are genuinely nice people instead of the types to roll up as a douche canoe.
08. Vancouver’s own shoegazing, The New Rituals, were added to open up the show! So maybe you wanted to check them out… sadly I didn’t get there early enough to photograph them so instead I heard a couple of their songs and put them on a list to check out again next time. Oh, I may have sneaked one photo from the back of the room.
07. The ax murdering between Dylan and Braeden was on point.
06. The Wallows pack a punch with their 6 person touring sounds that even included having a trumpet taking centre stage at one point!
05. “Pulling Leaves Off Trees” can take people of all ages back to a time where they heard a garage band that they knew deserved to become big stars.
04. Not quite cracking the top three in this no particular order list has to be the fact that 13 Reasons Why is actually a pretty freaking cool show- humorously or sadly enough, I didn’t even know that Dylan Minnette (who played Clay Jensen in the Netflix mystery drama show) was in the band until they took to stage. Truth, I didn’t know any of them were from outside of the music scene. I just thought they sounded pretty cool and I wanted to see what they were like live.
03. The band is energetic and engaging while live on stage, which has been a bit more hit and miss lately for some of the newer bands that I have been seeing.
02. It was Braeden Lemasters birthday!!! So you could have been part of the crowd that had sung him one of the worst renditions of happy birthday that I have ever heard. The best part… he seemed genuinely touched by the outpouring of out of tune endearments.
01. “Pleaser” is a pretty awesome exciting twist to some familiar sounds that can really get the crowd pumped up and is worth seeing live.