Journeys Noise Tour
Featuring Issues, I Killed the Prom Queen, Ghost Town & Nightmares
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
December 12, 2014
Photos and Review by Ashleigh Ahern
It’s the last Friday before winter break and South Florida hardcore and scene kids couldn’t be happier about celebrating the near-end of the semester with this year’s Journeys Noise Tour. This time around, the Georgia boys of Issues were headlining, with support from I Killed the Prom Queen, Ghost Town, and Nightmares.
Kicking off the night was Nightmares. The metal band pumped out strong riffs, deep screams and tons of energy, putting on a performance I did not anticipate.
Next up was Ghost Town, an overly catchy electro band. Instantly, I was brought back to the 2006 scene days. High-pitched, almost sing-songy vocals were blended with screams over guitar/drum-filled electro beats. Their energy was clear as lead singer, Kevin Ghost, bounced around the stage as the crowd danced along.
Bringing us back to metal were the Australian dudes of I Killed the Prom Queen. If you want to talk about energy, they definitely had it, especially with their new(ish) lead singer, Jamie Hope, who bounced, jumped and even joined the crowd for a song. Though they only played songs off of their 2006 and 2014 albums, the crowd didn’t seem to mind and sang/screamed along to every song.
Finally, it was time for the real fun. Kicking their set off with “Sad Ghost,” fans were going hard from start to finish. Pits formed, arms swung and bodies flailed to the diverse sound. Issues is metalcore band that blends almost-pretty singing with strong screams and an occasional smooth rap breakdown. They’re a band that’s hard not to enjoy. The band put out an excellent set, playing songs from all three of their releases, pleasing fans regardless of which EP or album was their favorite. With a beautiful light set-up, two energetic vocalists and an open stage, the performance was as fun to watch as it was to listen to. Finishing off the high-energy night, Issues closed out their main set with the sentimental “Disappear (Remember When).” Fans turned their phone flashlights on and sang along to the touching lyrics.
This round of the Journeys Noise Tour brought an excellent blend of alternative metal sounds and throwback feels that couldn’t have been experienced from any other tour.