The Word Alive took November and turned it on its head with the announcement drummer Luke Holland will be leaving after this tour is over. Tickets sales proved he will be missed and fans everywhere have come to support them. Luke’s decision to leave has nothing to do with band drama and feels now is the time to pursue other musical career opportunities. So, with bittersweet parting, The Word Alive’s current tour, Overdose, offers a chance to celebrate Luke’s future and see him play one more time with one of the best bands I have heard in the genre. Overdose, the title of the tour, comes from their newest chart climbing song. It was released as a stand-alone single and followed one of their most successful album’s, Dark Matter.
On the bill supporting TWA are Volumes, Islander, and Invent, Animate. Shoot this show up my veins, because I don’t mind this kind of overdose. This lineup has me flying high, so high I traveled out-of-state on the Greyhound to Richmond, VA’s Canal Club. I love the Canal Club, because you can get up close and personal with the performers playing onstage. Not mentioned on this tour were two local opening bands I feel deserve recognition. Relate are the pride of the local Richmond scene, and rightfully so. Being my third time seeing them play, they get better every time. Mirrors, coming from Fredericksburg, VA, took me by surprise at just how talented this group of young guys are. Don’t you love it when you find a new band that blows you away? Mirrors was that band for me. So, check these boys out if you get the chance.
Now, let’s take this up a notch. Invent, Animate sent the crowd on a power-violence trip to hardcore wonderland and the euphoric journey only got more intense as the night continued. While under the influence, Islander, kept the room tipsy with their alternative, audience-hyping performance. Vocal artist, Mikey Carvajal, hung from the rafters while fans raised their arms to catch him if he dropped. Islander had the room seeing double with their intoxicating energy. LA natives, Volumes, stepped onto the platform, and sent what was left of the sane, into insanity.
“Damn I see you with her. There’s nothing more than I would like, to put this gun up to your face.”
The crowd was fired up as Gus Farias and Myke Terry, both on vocals, inhaled every inch of space and exhaled musical mastery. Delirious with excitement, it almost seemed as though everything was moving in slow motion. Like in those movies where a scene is slowed down to preserve the moment, call me crazy or even a liar, but you had to be there to understand.
The Word Alive, ended the night with a show unlike any I have witnessed. Standing in the crowd, I noticed the amount of people in front of the stage had tripled in minutes. The moment everyone had been waiting for had arrived. I was excited myself, so I had to find a good place where my view wasn’t obstructed. The light show was a myriad of colors and smoke. I felt like I was somewhere over the rainbow, except this chick wasn’t wishing ‘there’s no place like home.’ Instead, I was clicking my heels together wanting more. By the time “Lifecycles” started, everything else seemed to fade into the background. Like a drug induced haze, not a soul was out of sync or aware of the world outside. TWA captivated us all with lyrical magic and a timeless musical execution. Speaking from my heart, I can tell you this, The Word Alive has yet to disappoint. Record sales and sold out shows prove this true.
So, if you haven’t had a chance to check them out or see any of the bands playing on this tour, you are seriously missing out. Don’t just take my word for it. I wouldn’t want to deprive anyone an opportunity to find a new band they love.