Review and photos by Danielle Boise
Stars in Stereo added a new roster of ‘Sinners’ to their growing fan base when the L.A. based rock group opened up for Hoobastank, alongside Stellar Revival at the Masquerade in Atlanta on Wednesday July 25th. Stars in Stereo have been touring nonstop since May, with The Used, Foxy Shazam and Hoobastank to get their insatiable music out to the masses and it’s working.
Raw, sexy, and talented is all you need to know about Stars in Stereo, as there is nothing hotter in Rock-N-Roll than a sexy woman, nothing other than said sexy woman up on stage taking names and kicking ass as she is backed up by a stellar band and when you see Stars in Stereo that’s exactly what you get.
There really is nothing more amazing beautiful women in the realm of Rock-N-Roll, I mean seriously it’s all about it them on some level, but what really throws everything into overdrive is when they aren’t being objectified, but putting on the show and not just in an eye/arm candy sort of way to be paraded around. Stars in Stereo lead vocalist and guitarist, Becca Hollcraft does this perfectly, as she takes the band beyond kick-ass into another stratosphere; as she not only has the glamor, but the pure talent to back it up. Rock-N-Roll really does have a new leading lady in Hollcraft.
Stars in Stereo ripped through their set in a master filled way as they performed “Dealing Secrets,” “All Together,” “Red Eye Romance,” and fucking kick ass cover of Nine Inch Nail’s “Closer;” seriously, it was hot. Then proceeded to play the rest of the set with original songs off their soon to be released full-length album (no street date set, but it should hit shelves by the end of the year), “At the Stroke of Midnight,” “Violence,” and closed the night out with “Broken.”
For more information on Stars in Stereo, visit www.starsinstereo.com.
The boys in Stellar Revival took the stage next in pure darkness as they entered staged right and kicked everything into gear with a high octane performance as they performed songs off their soon to be released debut album, Love, Lust, and Bad Company.
They started the night off with the pure intensity of “England’s Best,” followed by “Watch You Walk Away,” which happens to be one of my favorite tracks on the album. Up next was “Edge of A Dream,” followed by “The Bottom Line.” Then they slowed things down a bit with a heart wrenching edition of “Saving Grace,” followed by the title track off the album, “Love, Lust, and Bad Company.” Stellar Revival ended the night with a dynamic performance of “The Crazy Ones,” in which the crowd of fans went ape shit, as Rino Cerbone leapt from the stage and sang the song surrounded by a throng of fans, greedy to get a piece of the lead singer.
This is what Rock-N-Roll should sound like with no pretense – just good, old fashion rocking out with catchy hooks mixed with strong guitars riffs and the vocals to match. That’s what Stellar Revival does beyond well, then they take it to a whole new level when they perform live; which is something that they really thrive doing. Stellar Revival performs in a manner as if each show is their last. They give every ounce of themselves into each song as they play their hearts out for the fans. It shows that they really love performing day in and day out for them and that it’s their fans that matter to them most. After their set they spent the rest of the evening just taking time and hanging out with new and old admirers.
For more information on Stellar Revival or to see where they will be performing next, visit www.stellarrevival.com.
“When we are asked where our favorite place to play is, we always say fucking Atlanta.” – Doug Robb
Hoobastank put on a decent show with lots of intensity as they crowd soaked up every yummy musical morsel that the indie-rock band played for them. Hoobastank performed their hits, alongside new material off their soon to be released (with a tentative date of September 11, 2012 from EMI) fifth studio album, Fight or Flight.
Fans in Hell followed every second of Hoobastank’s antics as Doug Robb and co. jumped around the stage, so did the fans as they mirrored their responses with thrashing bodies and clapping in time to the band’s songs. Hoobastank started the night off with “This is Gonna Hurt,” followed by “Fight or Flight,” “1st of Me,” “Same Direction,” “Running Away,” “The Fallen,” “No Win Situation,” “Unaffected,” “Slow Down,” “Remember Me,” “Incomplete” and “You Before Me.”
“The reason we are here guys is this is a preseason kind of tour. We have a new record coming out, that we are really proud of. We are really excited about this new record. Thank you for being so cool about us playing so much new stuff; so we are going to play something you probably know,” before going into “The Reason.” They finished their set up by playing “Just One,” “Inside of You,” “1000 Words Is,” and ended the night with “Crawling in the Dark.”
Hoobastank really seems to enjoy what they do – singing and performing live for a myriad of fan, with soaked through sweet to back up that claim. For more information on Hoobastank, visit www.hoobastank.com.