1. We Are The In Crowd
You know that you love We Are The In Crowd's latest album, Weird Kids, so why not experience it live! The band is planning on touring non-stop this year, with a (currently underway) headlining tour, a spring tour with Mayday Parade, and a spot on this summer's Vans Warped Tour having already been announced. They put on a really energetic show that brings their songs to life. They know how to get the crowd moving and they definitely give you your money's worth. Their setlists always include fan favourites and every second spent on stage is used to ensure their show is the best you've been to. Trust me, you need to see We Are The In Crowd live. You'll honestly love their set and I can tell you that, if you're as big a fan as me, it'll leave you with chills.
2. All Time Low
I've seen All Time Low three times and each time their show gets better and better. Their quality is second to none and they know how to make the audience feel right at home, as well as give them a comedy show. Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat's banter borders on the strange and inappropriate, but that's why fans love them so much. The band sounds exactly as they do on their albums and they always have the best songs on tap for all to sing along to. A fan (and personal) favourite is when the show slows down and Gaskarth performs "Remembering Sunday" solo. Everything from the acoustic guitar to the crowd singing the lyrics back to him make it one of the most memorable moments of the show. It's overall one big party and one that definitely can't be missed. You can watch live videos, but if you want the full experience, you need to purchase a ticket and go to a show.
3. Down With Webster
Down With Webster is one of Canada's hottest bands right now and there's no guessing as to why. They released their latest (and best) album a little over one month ago, their song "Feel So Alive" was featured during the CBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and they just concluded their latest Canadian tour. When it comes to their live presence one can't deny they've got the whole "best night of your life" thing covered. They are by far the most energetic band I've seen live and that energy always infects the audience. They're always interacting with the crowd, throwing their signature red cups into the air, and are always jumping around. How these guys never tire baffles me! Around the halfway point of the set, drummer Marty Martino performs one of the most creative drum solos you'll probably ever see. This guy is a whiz on the drums, sampling the likes of Skrillex and adding his own twist to some pretty popular songs. I recently saw these guys for the third time this past February and it was the best show I've ever been to. The smile I had on afterward didn't fade for days.
4. Marianas Trench
These guys are currently recording their forth album, so that means they'll be touring once it's out, right? Marianas Trench shows are more of a production than a concert. Literally, during the Face The Music tour, Josh Ramsay floated down from the ceiling... What an entrance! The band completely dress up and, if the song they're performing has a video to coincide, often look as if they've just stepped off the set. Ramsay sounds amazing live and he's great at interacting with the audience. Even though you're most likely to be seeing them in a larger venue, they make it feel as if you're in a small one. You're always guessing what's going to happen next or what Ramsay will be dressed as. Seriously, their shows are crazy and need to be experienced!
It's time to add a hardcore band to this list and what better band than blessthefall? They've been on fire lately, with the release of Hollow Bodies, and have been touring to promote it. I'll be seeing these guys at the end of April and, even though I've seen them three times before, I still have no idea what to expect. If you want a one-word explanation of a blessthefall show, here it is: crazy. They take what's on their albums and give it all a whole new energy. Seriously, these guys were born to rock. Beau Bokan's clean vocals sound incredible live; Jared Wrath's screams are memorable; and the interaction the band have not just between themselves, but with the crowd as well, is both entertaining and captivating. And one can't forget Bokan's on-stage antics. This guy channels his inner monkey each show, climbing on top of speakers and up scaffolding - he always keeps you guessing as to what he'll do next. The band overall ensure your eyes are on them the entire set and that's an achievement not every band can claim.