Getting to Joliet, IL to see the Unconditional Tour was very exciting, especially because of the treat of seeing five different bands performing at Mojoes. There were about 200 concert goers braving the bitter winter cold and the line outside the venue stretched around the building. Beartooth, a fairly new band, led by former Attack Attack! frontman Caleb Shomo opened the show. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the band was taken in a different direction away from the “electronic” type and towards a more a raw metal-core style. They had great stage presence and got the crowd very engaged.
After their set, we went backstage to do the interview. It was great to get some one on one time with them right after they came off stage. They were definitely on a “stage high” and a bit slap happy which made our time great. They were very easygoing and it was nice to talk to them about how they were handling touring and the announcement that they would be on the entire 2014 Vans Warped Tour.
The second act was a band I had heard of but wasn’t very familiar with; Hands Like Houses. They had a great sound and I couldn’t wait to check out more of their new music when I got home. I was excited for Stray from the Path because it was the first time I had seen them live. They rocked out the crowd and even blessed us with “Damien.” I don’t think one person in the whole venue wasn’t singing along to the song.
The Word Alive is a personal favorite of mine and front man Tyler “Telle” Smith knows how to work the crowd. Even before the first song was over, crowd surfers were absolutely everywhere. They put on such a high energy show filled with lots of movement on stage.
Memphis May Fire brought the house down with a great set of songs and kept the crowd moving even after their encore. I have seen them quite a few times and I have never been disappointed. They just come out so jacked to play and it’s so refreshing. They have such a great following and had them singing along to every song.