Kingdom Of Giants

I had the pleasure of touring with these hooligans a while back. So every time they come to town I make an effort to go see them. This time they were coming through my neck of the woods with a band called Affiance. They were playing at a little club called White Oak. Pretty rad little spot. Mike Karle and I made the hour and a half (two hours in traffic) hike up to Van Nuys, California to hang and catch up with the boys.

It had been a while since I had seen them play and recently they signed a deal with InVogue Records so I wanted to congratulate them in person on their signing and recent release of the their second full length record.

As usual, epic hangs with the dudes. And of course, they absolutely destroyed it. Especially Red, their lead guitarist. It was almost like he was a machine or a computer because he was absolutely flawless all night. Incredible.

Emarosa

I started listening to Emarosa when I was about 16. It was right around the time their first EP was released and I loved it. Of course, I was young and listening to a lot of bands in the same vein. But once Johnny joined the band... Well... let's just say I moved on. Didn't care much for his voice or him as a person.

Over the years I didn't follow much of Emarosa's activity, other than the various headlines that Mr. Creig would make from time to time. So when Alt Press asked me to help interview the new vocalist along side the great Matty Mullins, the 16 year old me decided to give them a second chance. I was not disappointed.

These dudes put on a hell of a show. Being an opener on such a diverse lineup can be tough for a band still finding it's legs after a frontman change. But these dudes killed it. Arguably put on the best show of the night. And contrary to my every interaction with Mr. Creig, Bradley was a very humble and genuine dude. I didn't run out and buy their new album, but I will be keeping my ear to the ground with these dudes and maybe they will win back my affections.

Here are some of my favorite shots from that night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA.