Bad shows won’t hurt a bad music scene. Good shows are, however, made bad by poor turnout in the music scenes a band plays.

On a cool Thursday in Toledo, Ohio, a great show came to the fabled stage at Realm and was enjoyed by the faithful of those on the bill this night. We want to give an honorable mention and our feeble apologies for not being able to catch CryFace‘s opening set. The Man decided he didn’t want to let the music play, and we had to sit at the National Rock Review compound until an airlift was arranged to get this reporter to the show. To Ian Cotter, Levi Makula, and Daniel Cotter; sorry brothers. We’ll catch you next time.

Next up on the stage for a short set was Stereo Story. This interesting two-piece from Hillsdale, Michigan is James Korth (guitar/vocals/keys) and Alex Douge (drums/keys). This rock/punk/alternative duo has been playing together since 2012 at every opportunity presented to them. Catch the guys in their backyard at The Underground on April 30, 2016, to get a taste of the electric, acoustic guitar meister and drumming phenoms.

After a short break for setup, a local Toledo, Ohio band is known to play shows as an energetic three-piece, pulled a nice surprise for friends and fans both. Who this mysterious fourth member was, we may never know; we jest. Tommy Partin added a nice lead guitar to the mix in addition to James Gilliam (drums), Travis Barker (vocals), and Adam Hall (bass) to form the new Social Impact rooster. Big things are in the works for the new squad that we’ll keep an ear out.

Finally, before the two national bands of the night came out to do their thing, a Detroit band with a good deal of buzz graced the crowd and put on a commanding performance. Eva Under Fire consists of Amanda Lyberg (vocals), Rob Lyberg (guitar), Jeff Llewellyn (bass), Corey Newsome (drums), and Chris Slapnix (guitar). The band has released their debut album this month, Anchors. Do yourself a favor and pick it up at all of the regular places and enjoy some new music.

And then there was two. Murder FM was next up for a highly anticipated set by this photographer. Norman”The Gnar” Matthew (vocals, guitar), J6 (bass), Matt X3r0 (guitar), and Jason “Shakes” West (drums) put on a lively and almost flawless show in support of their most recent album, Happily Neverafter. Playing songs such as “Legion” and “Machine Gun Kisses” were only a small part of the show but when added to the joy of the guys being able to play live, it made for an intimate show that should have been seen by more people.

Last, but certainly not least, on the night was the headliner, Another Lost Year. Clinton Cunanan, Adam Hall, Nathan Walker, and Jorge Sotomarino made a return visit to the land of Toledo. They came, not just to play a show, but also to reconnect with new and old friends from the last time they played Realm earlier this year.

The band played many of the older songs that were crowd favorites and even their newest single, “Wolves,” which is linked for you below. It is an excellent example of a DIY band wearing many hats to get their vision from the paper it’s written on to your ears and eyes for enjoyment. Don’t forget to preorder their new album, Alien Architect, and receive their new EP, The Revolution pt 2, available for free!

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About The Author

After getting the photo bug in the far, past days of black and white film, Erich continued to develop his eye for photography which lead to stops in the sporting, art, wedding, and eventually concert music worlds. Now, doing more writing for National Rock Review, he has entered into the journey of getting to know the artists and the industry, not just the faces on the other side of the lens.

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