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Opening acts outshine headliners

Last Thursday night brought Senses Fail, New Found Glory, The Receiving End of Sirens and Bedlight for Blue Eyes to the Town Ballroom. While Senses Fail and New Found Glory co-headlined the show, they were easily outshone by their support.

Bedlight for Blue Eyes opened the show to a small crowd, whom frontman Danny Rinaldi easily won over with his beautiful voice and booming charisma. They started with the aggressive "Ms. Shapes" and followed with the catchy "Whole Again." The band continued with songs off their latest release "Life on Life's Terms," including "Waste My Time," an impressive song that highlights the band's classic rock-styled guitar solos. Every song of the set was unique, with intricate guitar and drum parts that transferred amazingly to a live show.

After about 20 minutes and a steady influx of people, The Receiving End of Sirens hit the stage. The experimental rock band opened with fan favorite (and best song) "Planning a Prison Break" off their first album "Between the Heart and a Synapse." The band flawlessly moved into material off their newest release "The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi" with "Smoke and Mirrors." Sirens played a good mix of songs off both albums, including "The Rival Cycle" and "The Heir of Empty Breath." Unfortunately, Brendan Brown's bass was set too high, but Sirens made up for it with dual vocalists Alex Bars and Brown and the flawless drumming of Andrew Cook.
The show then took a turn for the worse. New Found Glory has been around for about 10 years and has amassed a large and rabid fan base. However, their popularity does not match their musical talent. While the band seemed to please the fans with classics like "All Downhill From Here" and "My Friends Over You," every song essentially sounded the same and vocalist Jordan Pundik tended to sound like a chipmunk. The band's best songs were off their cover albums "From the Screen to the Stereo Parts 1 and 2," including "Kiss Me" and "Iris." While the set was delivered with extreme enthusiasm, it was musically and vocally poor.

Finally, around 10:30 after much of the crowd had already left, headliners Senses Fail came to the stage. The fans energetically welcomed the band as they played songs off their two albums, "Let It Enfold You" and "Still Searching." Senses Fail, a punk-rock outfit, has one distinct sound, causing their live show to blend into one big mess, making it difficult to distinguish even the band's singles, such as "Can't Be Saved" and "Rum Is For Drinking Not For Burning." Overall, the band's set was a disaster of poor vocals and sound quality.

Rebecca Kujawa is a senior at Sacred Heart Academy.

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