We Came As Romans Throw Halloween Bash in NYC With Silverstein + Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
While some New Yorkers were out and about at the Halloween Parade, music fans were getting sweaty in Irving Plaza to see We Came As Romans. Support was provided by a killer lineup that included Silverstein, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, The Color Morale and Dangerkids.
Michigan metalcore outfit We Came As Romans were the only band of the night that kicked off their set without costumes. The band is touring in promotion of their latest album ‘Tracing Back Roots’ and began their performance with the title track as well as other new tunes ‘Ghosts,’ ‘Fade Away’ and ‘A Moment.’
A Santa, a Gumby, a cow, a banana and a red Power Ranger were among numerous concertgoers who spent the night crowd surfing. Whether they were in costume or not, fans bounced to tracks ‘Roads That Don’t End and Views That Never Cease,’ the band’s cover of ‘Glad You Came’ by The Wanted, as well as a medley of some of their older tracks. Vocalists David Stephens and Kyle Pavone also did some crowdsurfing as they leapt offstage and got up close and personal in the arms of their fans.
There’s a reason why the band has a massive and diehard following, which continues to grow, and it’s because they put every bead of sweat into their live performance, not to mention their production gets better with every tour.
Just when fans thought the set was over, We Came as Romans came out onstage in full costume, most of the members dressed up as cute, cuddly animals but vocalist Stephens dressed up as the Hulk. A fan’s massive muppet head piece also made it to the stage and members had fun taking turns with it. The band ended their set humorously in their costumes as they performed ‘Hope’ and ‘To Plant a Seed.’
Silverstein had one of the most creative ideas when it came to outfits as the entire band dressed up as the cast of ‘Breaking Bad.’ “You Better Call Saul” as singer Shane Told was Saul Goodman, guitarist Josh Bradford had an uncanny and undeniable resemblance to Heisenberg as he got the hat and jacket to match. Guitarist Paul Marc Rousseau played everyone’s favorite, Jesse Pinkman, while slim drummer Paul Koehler played Skinny Pete and bassist Bill Hamilton dressed as Badger.
Just as ‘Breaking Bad’ was successful because of its powerful cast, Silverstein has a loyal fanbase because the energy between bandmates comes across through their music, especially onstage. Many old-school Silverstein fans exploded with force especially during favorites ‘Smashed Into Pieces,’ ‘My Heroine’ and ‘Smile In Your Sleep.’
French pop-punk / metal / hardcore group Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! not only have an eclectic sound but last night the band had some of the most eclectic costumes. Frontman Bertrand Poncet was an angelic blonde fairy who managed to keep his blonde locks on throughout most of the performance. Guitarists Paul Cordebard and Éric Poncet were an ’80s charactersin a gold suit sporting a horrid mullet and a restaurant bus boy, respectively, while bassist Mathias Rigal was a rock ‘n’ roll priest.
The Color Morale looked like the cast of Duck Dynasty as all of the members wore massive beards. The band performed with heart and crowd immediately connected to them. Vocalist Garrett Rapp threw the microphone into the crowd numerous times during the band’s set and he even made it to the venue’s balcony to serenade fans.
Ohio rock act Dangerkids graced the stage with actual carved pumpkins on their head. The band’s sound and style of intertwining rock and rap got the blood pumping early on. Go here to see remaining dates to see We Came As Romans and the rest of these bands live.
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