By Paula Araujo
Saturday September 9, fans gathered at the White Eagle Hall in New Jersey for a jam packed show. The line up for the Road To Riot Fest tour included Bearings, Sleep On It, Speak Low If You Speak Love, Homesafe and State Champs.
Though the show was rather intimate, that didn’t stop the crowd from getting rambunctious for heavy sets from Sleep on It, Bearings, and Homesafe. Speak Low If You Speak Love, is actually a solo project from State Champ’s Ryan Graham that features his vocals plus an acoustic guitar and broken string (at times – not his fault he rocks so hard!)
Awaiting for the headliner, classic tunes that one would hear at Emo Night such as Panic at the Disco’s, “I Write Sins” played. Lead singer Derek DiScanio of State Champs has guest DJ’ed a few nights in the past, making the right mix for the crowd to get pumped just before the main performance. State Champs hit the stage and kicked the night off with “Slow Burn” and the energy through the audience soared as people threw their arms up, sang along, and others boldly crowd surfed and stage dived. The momentum never faded as the band played hits such as ‘Perfect Score” and “Simple Existence.” Even when they played mellow ballads like “If I’m Lucky” fans happily sang their hearts out. There wasn’t a dull moment the entire show. Even after the show, fan got to look forward to spending some time with the bands for photos, hugs, and quick chats. The evening had all the elements for an unforgettable night.