The Lucky Street Tour: Go Radio, This Providence, Tyler Carter, Ivory Lights
House Of Blues in Dallas, TX on April 18, 2012
After seeing Go Radio twice within the past year (once on Warped, once opening for Yellowcard), I was amped to finally see the guys on a headlining stint, as it’s about time they got a full-length set in. Sure enough, it was well worth the wait, as the Tallahassee rockers owned the stage.
Unfortunately I missed Ivory Lights set, so the first set I caught was Tyler Carter’s. Having not heard much about him since his departure from Woe, Is Me, I was very interested in how his solo performance would sound – think…Jonny Craig/Kurt Travis meets Top-40 pop radio (Justin Timberlake style). Sure enough, he didn’t sound half bad, as there’s no denying he has a mean set of pipes. He even did an a Capella song due to a technical error, nailing every note. Definitely keep a look out for what he has up his sleeve with his upcoming EP – and be sure to have an open mind.
Up next Seattle’s This Providence were up. Having only been a casual listener of the band, I was very impressed with their set – especially vocalist Daniel Young’s rowdy, powerful presence as a front man. The crowd went nuts for lush “My Beautiful Rescue,” as nearly everyone belted out the chorus. The gritty “Trouble” sounded huge live, as This Providence have that slick rock ‘n roll swag that fills the stage from end to end. Playing quite a few cuts off their rocking upcoming EP, Brier, the guys definitely had a lot to offer for their fans.
And then Go Radio took the stage to deafening sirens as they kicked off the set with “Lucky Street.” As always, Jason Lancaster had a commanding stage persona, full of energy and passion. Taking full advantage of their lengthy set – over an hour – they plowed through nearly every track on Lucky Street. They put the pedal to the metal on rocking jams such as “Redemption in the Verse,” “Kill The Beast,” and “Letters and Love Notes,” proving yet again why they are easily one of the most talented bands on Fearless today.
However, the romantic that he is, Lancaster didn’t hesitate to slow down the set, spending about half the set behind the piano. Serenading the crowd with the intimate “House of Hallways,” “Hold On,” and “Why I’m Home,” Go Radio really brought the whole package. The show was a healthy blend of heavy and light, perfect for all fans. Finishing the set with the poignant “The Truth Is” – which the whole crowd belted out every lyric of – into an encore of “What If You Don’t” – Jason’s favorite track off their upcoming record, a touching ballad at its finest – into the lovely “Goodnight Moon,” Go Radio could not have played a more balanced, ideal set.
As the night ended, the concert proved the power and potential of Go Radio. Only a couple EPs and one record into the game, the guys seem to have their best foot forward, making the anticipation for their sophomore effort grow by the week.
The whole foundation of this tour clearly is the fans, made clear band after band and track and track. It was a loud night and most of all, it was a night to appreciate live rock music.