On Wednesday July 18th, Flickerstick brought
their unique form of rock to the TLA in Philadelphia. The question
on many people's minds is an easy one. Do these guys have what
it takes to outlast their current 15 minutes of fame? These loveable
drunks took their time on stage to prove that they have the sticking
power to be rock superstars.
With three opening acts, it was clear that this
concert could be a disaster. Strange thing though, they were all
good! The most notable was the band that took the stage second,
Horse. Taking songs from their CD, Have
You Come?, this Irish band showed that they knew how
to rock. Highlights of their set included, Into the Lavender,
Any Day Know, and Happy in the Sunshine.
It was interesting to hear all the bands get a very warm reception
from the crowd.
Finally it was time for the winner of VH1's
Bands on the Run
to hit the stage. With intro music from Willy Wonka (which people
actually were singing along to) Flickerstick roared into set opener,
and single, Smile. The crowd knew every word and was
happy to sing it back to the band. Beautifuland Got
a Feelingwere next up as the band started kicking into high
gear. The energy put forth by Brandin, Cory, Dominic, Fletcher,
and Rex was incredible. The crowd seemed to be hanging on every
word that the band uttered. Telling all the World
was one of the few new songs that the band broke into.
The band brought the show down a notch with
Wrong Trajectory which was a surprising
since the audience knew every word. For a band that does not have
a major record deal (one is on the way), everyone seemed to know
every word. Other highlights included, Execution by Xmas
Lights,which featured the amazing vocals of lead singer
Brandin Lea, followed closely by a cover of Mazzy Star's Fade
The band put everything that had into every
song which was very refreshing to see. They did not rely on a
fancy stage show or elaborate pyro; they relied on what matters
the most, the music. Coke and my personal favorite,
Direct Line to the Telepathic, closed out the set.
Coke being a could-be single, and Direct Line
once again showing off the band's artistic side. It was a terrific
way to end the show
or was it?
After a couple minutes off the stage, lead singer
Brandin Lea once again returned to the stage. He came out to a
big crowd reaction and quickly quieted the crowd. He wanted to
personally thank everyone for coming to the show and for all the
support that the band has received since the VH1 show had aired.
He said that this was not something they did often, but he brought
the band back on stage for one final song. Hey or When the
Drugs Wear Off brought the energy to a new level and was
the correct way to end the show.
Fans lucky enough to stick around were in for
another treat. The majority of the band hung out in front of the
venue to sign autographs, take pictures, and generally just chat
with their fans. It was refreshing to see how humble the band
was at the attention that they were getting. No matter how late
it got, no one complained, they continued to hang out. Finally
the police busted up the love fest and cleared the street although
many people joined the band in a corner bar to continue the festivities.
All in all, it was a very good rock and roll
show. The opening bands did their part to hype up the crowd, and
did it well. So now back to the lingering question, will this
band survive their 15 minutes of fame? If any of the bands from
the VH1 show have any chance, I would put my money on this one.
A great rock show, which I recommend catching them any chance
that you get!
Editor, EMPYRE Lounge
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