Frankel's Jukebox

Apr 19

Painted on Scars Are Not My Thing

On Saturday, I went to the Philadelphia stop of the AP Tour at the TLA to see the band Conditions. I’ve known of them for about 6 months and saw them at North Star Bar last year opening up for VersaEmerge. I was also excited to see D.R.U.G.S., Craig Owen’s new band and former singer for Chiodos. I’ve gone to a few different AP tours, so I knew what I was getting into crowd wise.

Conditions was the first band, so I got there just before their set started and was able to get decently close to the stage. This had all the makings of being a great set. Of course, they were sick and the sound sucked. The vocals were lost in the sea of sound which made it hard for me, who knows the lyrics, to understand what was being sung. I was able to chat with them after both shows, and they seem like nice guys. I believe they said they would be back in the summer.

I then had to sit through through VersaEmerge and I See Stars. Generally I’m not a huge fan of female singers and VE doesn’t do it for me. If you like Paramore or Hey Monday, you’ll probably like VE. I See Stars were ok. I’m not a huge fan of screamo, so I couldn’t get into them.

D.R.U.G.S. was pretty good. I didn’t realized they were a super group. The have members from many prominent bands. I would probably check them out again. My only issue is their song “Mr. Owl Ate My Meal Worm” that I talked about here.

The final band, Black Veil Brides, I had no interest in seeing so I left before they got to the stage. I’ve never heard a song and I don’t care to. I’m not a fan of theatrics, especially face painting. Maybe they’re a modern day KISS, but at this point, I don’t want to find out. One thing that was interesting was all the tweens walking around with painted scars on their faces.