Live: Nonpoint-Failure Anthem
There are a few things that the folks in N.W. Indiana know they can count on from the month of July. First and foremost, the temperature will be hotter than the blazes of Hell and don’t forget to add the rainforest like humidity. Secondly, July brings concerts! On July 8th, rock fans in Valparaiso, IN were treated to something more than just a concert as Spinefarm recording artist, Nonpoint, brought their travelling road show to one of many local music joints, Big Shot’s.
Greensboro, North Carolina’s Failure Anthem, touring in support of their debut release First World Problems (Razor & Tie) opened the show and hit the stage running with their brand of hard rock. Failure Anthem did all they could to stir the somewhat sparse crowd into a lather. They also used every second of their set time to win over a crowd that in many cases weren’t too familiar with their music Failure Anthem may be new in the form of a band but it was obvious that between their sights & sounds, they know their way around a stage and are they’re definitely not new to the game.
As Nonpoint readied to take their places on the stage you could see in their demeanor that there was something special about that steamy night in Valparaiso. As a whole, the entire band seemed a bit looser than normal with an extra bounce in their step. I’m not sure that anyone else even noticed anything more than the normal confidence that the nineteen year old band typically displays. Then again, July 8th was a special night for Nonpoint; it marked the release of their Spinefarm Records debut and 10th record, The Poison Red.
Without wasting a second Nonpoint dove into 2010’s Miracle. Instead of digging any deeper into the set, vocalist, Elias Soriano took a few minutes to bring those in attendance up to speed about the new record before blasting into the first single, Generation Idiot, from the new record. Of their ten song set Nonpoint played two other tracks from The Poison Red in El Diablo & Divided Conquer Them. As if Nonpoint hadn’t already worked the crowd into frenzy, wrapping up the set with a double dose of In the Air & Bullet with a Name (which is standard) was the pinnacle of the entire evening. For those of us that have seen Nonpoint, it was a set that we have come to expect. For those that hadn’t, one can only imagine that this will be the start of a long lasting love affair.