I just got back from Ecuador a few days ago and while I ended up missing Strung Out thankfully I didn't miss Brighter Brightest at the Ellice Theatre last night. I had an amazing trip, but it was kind of nice to get back into the music, especially when I've only been to three real shows this year and the last one was in April. The night started out with a lot of local talent, but I was out for dinner and didn't end up catching any of it. I couldn't get there until 9, which wasn't too late in the end because The Red Threat were just setting up. The band hails from Edmonton and I first heard of them when they were added to the Ten Second Epic tour, the one The Dangerous Summer dropped off of before missing their flight to the UK shortly after.
Anyway, the band sounded alright, but they weren't really my thing. They made me feel like I stepped back in 2005 and in some ways I'm over that sort of stuff. Their lead guitarist had a haircut that looked like the one Pete Wentz used to have, complete with the little emo swoop. But they don't really sound like Fall Out Boy, they reminded me more of Silverstein without the screaming. And to be honest with you the crowd seemed to be on my side. Only around 11 people were actually standing at the front, everyone else was sitting down near the back for the whole set, which I think is a decent indicator. I remember seeing TAT with Lagwagon four years ago and a lot of people were skeptical, but by the end every single person was at the front of the stage. Overall I felt that their singer should have moved around a lot more than he did. Their bass player made up for it though and he was the most entertaining to watch out of all of them. They even had little stage props with their names on them at opposite ends of the stage. But in the end I can't say their set amazed me, although it was cool to see another up-and-coming Canadian band.
Brighter Brightest didn't have any stage props, but they didn't really need them. It was my second time seeing these boys and they were solid as usual. Like The Red Threat, Brighter Brightest aren't overly energetic either. They just kind of stand around and play, but the fact that they write hooks better than most bands covered on AP.net definitely makes up for it. Their songs are unbelievably catchy and it's awesome to be able to hear them in a live setting because they can pull them off just like they sound in the studio. The guys looked like they were having a blast too and Derek was eager to talk to us in between songs.
They obviously played a ton of songs off of Right for Me, which is the debut record they released almost a year ago that I still listen to regularly. "It's Not Easy," "All I Know," "Everyday," and "Who I'm Supposed To Be" are just some of the songs that made the cut. The second last song was "Welcome Home," which was the only cut from the EP they released back in 2009 I believe it was. They closed with "Right For Me," a song most of the small crowd definitely knew the words to. I was a bit worried that the crowd was just going to be teenage girls, but that wasn't the case at all. I think that further shows the wide appeal this band has compared to The Maine and All Time Low.
And of course, the guys always seem to do a cover song and this time it was "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus. A little cheesy as even Derek admitted, but still tons of fun and the guys pulled it off. I think I preferred the Taking Back Sunday cover last year, but still awesome. They didn't do an encore, but "Call Me Maybe" came on immediately after for better or worse. Just seeing them alone is worth the $10, I think they could get away with charging more, but that's what the merch table is for I guess. Support these guys and go to the shows! The Canadian scene needs all the help it can get in my opinion, especially on the prairies where only around 50 people show up.