On Wednesday, Feb. 19, South Street”s TLA was host to the Sensory Overload Tour, including four bands currently leading the pack of emotive, melody-driven rock groups, anxious to grab a hold of listeners, one ear at a time.
Depswa, cited by many as one of the future top bands on the alternative metal market, opened the show with several tracks from their forth-coming disc, Two Angels And A Dream.
The Los Angeles five-piece hooked the young crowd with their aggressive and merciless themes of crashing rock rhythms and dark waves of melody.
The relentless and energetic Pacifier gave the Philly crowd a sampling of New Zealand-style hard-edge rock ‘n” roll.
DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots both hooked up with the definitively melodic South Pacific foursome on their stateside self-titled debut, in stores now.
In one short set, Pacifier showed the crowd that they are an untamed, metallic rock ‘n” roll beast with more than enough power and talent to blow the British invasion that took America by storm last year out of the water.
The underground Swedish sensation, Blindside, took the stage for a 10-song set that pulled on both new and old school material.
Blindside developed their independent scene following with determined, honest musical tones and strong lyrics.
Their major-label debut, Silence, has received praise from musicians and critics alike.
The four-piece reveal a mature and aggressive outlook on alternative rock that conveys sincere emotion and shows that this group has the determination to conquer mainstream hard rock territory.
The upbeat “Time Will Change Your Heart” and energetic “Cute Boring Love” highlighted the early portion of their set, while the old track “Superman” was a great throwback for long-time fans.
They closed their set with the crowd-pleasing single “Sleepwalking.”
The Alabama-based quartet TRUSTcompany, on their first headlining tour, played an 11-song set that featured a new song written while on tour with Korn and Disturbed this past fall.
Known for the grinding, yet catchy single “Downfall,” TRUSTcompany didn”t live up to expectations once in the spotlight.
Frontman Kevin Palmer”s soft voice didn”t carry well live and backup vocalist James Fukai often overshadowed the lead vocals.
“Figure 8,” “Finally” and “Running From Me,” off their debut, were their best performances of the night, while the unnamed new track was the set”s most energetic effort.
Chris Powell can be reached at TUJournalist@hotmail.com