Year Of The Knife, Sanction, Terror, Counterparts, and Stick To Your Guns @ Warehouse Live Studio in Houston, TX.
Review & Photography by Vanessa Umanzor
Thursday night Stick To Your Guns got rowdy with a venue full of fans at Warehouse Live in Houston, TX. The show marked the first stop in Texas for the Pure Noise Tour making a comeback after 3 years. I thought that tour lineup was fun, but it was nothing compared to this concert.
The night started with sets from Year of The Knife, Sanction and Terror. I will be honest and say that I was looking forward to this show for weeks, and I was not disappointed. The crowd was pulsating with energy the moment the lights went out as the acts made their entrance, and they stayed enthusiastic until the lights came back on in between sets. The sets felt too short as my adrenaline level hit the ceiling at the sight of all the casual attendees’ beaming faces and the not so casual concert-goers thrashing around in the pit. Not for the last time that night, but soon it was time for the main event.
The house went wild when Counterparts took the stage and the opening chords of “Monument” were played, and it only got louder as they followed it up with “Stranger” and “No Servant Of Mine,” during which Brendan dominated the stage holding only his mic. I marveled over how effortlessly all the members seemed to make playing a vehement set look. I felt lucky to see them for the second time. It seems they are consistently amazing.
Finally, Stick To Your Guns was greeted by an adoring audience as they became animated on stage. The highlights of the evening for me was first the heartfelt performance of “Nothing You Can Do To Me,” as it is one of my all-time favorite songs and they more than did it justice live. Never released as a commercial single, the song is regardless one of the best on the album and I was thrilled to hear it. Second, was hearing Jesse take the time to speak about the injustices Latino communities are facing in the country right now. “We can do better, ” he said. The most political message of the night. Simple but it contained the main paradoxical elements of Stick To Your Guns that I love; benevolence and defiance.