Alesana wrapped up a west coast tour this past weekend, tore off their wings, destroyed all vanity, burned the wax and left it all on the road.
One things for sure, Alesana hit the stage this past month like they just stepped out of the studio and onto the Vans Warped Tour for the first time.
We had a chance to connect with the band on their third stop at DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA and these boys went for it.
They played with ferocity, purpose, passion and a deep sense of connection and gratification for their fans. They performed every song from their debut LP On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax in celebration.
The showmanship of the 6-piece was like a well orchestrated ballet forged between heavy metal guitar riffs, post-hardcore break downs and double kick drums. Ring leaders, Shawn Milke and Dennis Lee’s contrasting vocal styles enthralled the crowd while the rest of their bandmates just killed it.
Especially, Pat Thompson. If you have not seen this dude rip on a guitar live it is a must add to your bucket list. I’ve covered some rad shows the past couple of months including The Dillinger Escape Plan on their farewell tour and August Burns Red at The Belasco in LA.
However, Alesana may have been the best show I’ve seen so far this year. If you just isolated Thompson’s guitar solos and stage moves for two hours, it would be a show in itself.
He may look unassuming at first glance but he can absolutely shred, plays with physicality and maintains a psychotic energy from the first song to the last. In fact, I have no idea how he was still standing after their set.
Bassist Shane Crump and Lead Guitarist Jake Campbell are just smooth cats and Jeremy Bryan was born to throw down behind a drum kit. His drum technique is effortless and never overshadowed the guitars or vocals. The overall musicianship was tight and their stage presence was compelling.
Support 10 years of great songs and check out their entire discography HERE. Read the novel Annabel and catch Alesana live at some point soon, even if you have already seen them a thousands times over before myth fades to legend.