Islander and From Ashes to New took a night off from their respective larger tours and teamed up for an intimate evening in St. Louis.
Greenville, South Carolina’s Islander performed songs from their release, Violence & Destruction at Firebird in St. Louis, MO. The band combines alternative with punk and nu-metal, creating an intricate and powerful combination of influential anthems. Singer Mikey Carvajal made one young fan’s night, inviting him onstage to sing his favorite song, “Coconut Dracula.”
From Ashes to New, are a six-piece band from Lancaster, PA. They gave a highly energetic performance, combining rap-rock and alternative with lyrics that point to finding positive inspiration, even through negative circumstances. While seeing the band play in such an intimate atmosphere as The Firebird was a treat for the fans, the band seemed a little confined on the smaller stage, somewhat limiting their boundless energy.
Supporting Islander and From Ashes to New were St. Louis-area locals, Out of Sequence and Soundtrapp. Out of Sequence are a young band, formed just a few years ago by high school friends Michael Barnes (vocals/guitar) and drummer Erik Westlund. The band has a solid fan base–the floor was packed with their friends and family who helped sing along with a few songs.
Soundtrapp have been around since 2007, with a few lineup changes over the years. Their current member roster revisited some of their earlier material, revamping and updating a few songs. Their music packs a powerful punch, yet is simultaneously melodic and catchy.