Tonight Alive has been noted for its fast and furious, no-holds-barred brand of pop punk, fronted by the incredibly talented Jenna McDougal, who brings a presence to every track this Australian quintet has released.
The band’s recent experiments with electronic elements and some slower paces, while staying true to the intensity of the older pop-punk material, is a feast for the ears. McDougal still shines, and her bandmates – guitarist Whakaio Taahi, guitarist Jake Hardy, bassist Cam Adler and drummer Matt Best – are extremely talented as well.
To top it off, the group’s new album, “Limitless,” releases March 4, the day of a local show in Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.), so be prepared for the energy to be cranked until the dial falls off.
But this is actually only half of the equation. Synth-pop-punk group Set It Off has been having a great past few years, and it joins Tonight Alive on this tour. The instrumentation these guys have been using is really fun and unique to hear, especially in a live setting. Whether it’s horns, strings or synths, nothing’s off limits, which generally makes for truly memorable rock shows.
Rounding out the show with veterans of the scene, the Ready Set, and an acoustic staple in the making with SayWeCanFly, this should be a show for not just young people, but one for those who simply are craving a good musical time.
Doors are at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 (box office, Ticketfly.com).