I Am the Avalanche / Signal Home

I Am the Avalanche / Signal Home: live in Erielive in Erie (2006)
Drive-Thru Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: NhojNhoj
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When I heard that I Am the Avalanche was going to be returning to Forward Hall (Erie, PA represent!), I nearly shit myself. They played last Novemeber with the Honorary Title and Waking Ashland and totally killed it. Vinnie Caruana is one of the best front-men in the history of pop/punk/emo, and his.

When I heard that I Am the Avalanche was going to be returning to Forward Hall (Erie, PA represent!), I nearly shit myself. They played last Novemeber with the Honorary Title and Waking Ashland and totally killed it. Vinnie Caruana is one of the best front-men in the history of pop/punk/emo, and his post-Movielife band lives up to the former's greatness. Needless to say, when my friends and I got on the floor for the first band, I was pumped.

The first band of the night was a local act, Ballast & Anchor. I'd seen them once before and was thoroughly impressed. They played a five-song set, and it was phenomenal. Their sound falls somewhere between At the Drive-In and the Fall of Troy (sans most of the screaming). They'll be releasing an EP by the end of June, one I'm definitely picking up.

The second act was Shame in the Design, a hardcore/metal band. They stuck out like a sore thumb, being the only band resembling something hardcore. Their set was decent at best, but seemed to lack any real feeling. This, again, could be attributed to the fact they were playing for the wrong audience.

Band number three was Knife Fight the World. Their style was that of a more aggressive blend of melodic punk and emo. A few pits broke out during their set, and they had a loyal patch of fans (three or four emo kids) that sang along with every word. Good, but not great.

The penultimate band was Signal Home. This is the first show I'd seen of theirs since they signed to Carbon Copy Records (A Fragile Constitution due out this August!!). They had always put on good shows, but today's performance seemed a bit more...professional. They played their hearts out, wowing people who had no clue who they were and pleasing fans alike.

Some of their songs included:

  • A Fragile Constitution (opener)
  • Red Auxiliary Lights
  • Scenes of Change
  • Siren Sound
(several others)

Finally, after all the anticipation, Vinnie and crew stepped on stage and introduced themselves. Within seconds, the opening riff of "Dead and Gone" is coming from the speakers, and it's fucking on. Even though their crowd was smaller this time around, they played better than I had remembered.

In between songs, Mr. Caruana would banter a bit, once giving us the meaning behind the title of their aggressive new track, "Polar Beasts." Apparently, while they were filiming a video, a friend of theirs was completely smashed, and getting taken away by the authorities for uriniating in the mailboxes of an apartment building nextdoor. As he was being dragged off Vinnie asked, "What should we name the new song,?" which they had just performed. In response he yelled "'Polar Beasts!'"

In total, the band played nine songs, including a supposed live rarity, "Clean Up," and closed with the anthemic "I Took a Beating." As they got offstage they invited the crowd to stick around and chat a bit. My girlfriend grabbed Vin's autograph and I talked to him for a bit. He's an incredilbly down to earth, cool guy, a lot nicer than you would expect him to be. (I also tried to remain as cool and collected as possible, trying to not come off like an idiot, considering he's an idol of mine.)

They played (in order):
  • Dead and Gone
  • New Disaster
  • This Is Dungeon Music
  • Symphony
  • Polar Beasts
  • Clean Up
  • Murderous
  • My Second Restraining Order
  • I Took a Beating
In conclusion, it was a great show. Everyone should go see I Am the Avalanche and Signal Home. Well worth my eight bucks, and then some.


People who liked this also liked:
Four Year Strong - Rise or Die TryingI Am the Avalanche - I Am the AvalancheSaves the Day - Through Being CoolAlkaline Trio - Alkaline TrioAlkaline Trio - GoddamnitSignal Home - A Fragile ConstitutionalKane Hodder - The Pleasure To Remain So HeartlessReggie and the Full Effect - Last Stop: Crappy TownMatt Pryor - Confidence Man

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Anonymous (June 5, 2006)

People are bashing on IATA because they expect them to have the same kind of style that The Movielife did. Even though each of Vinnie's bands are completely different, IATA is a good band in its own respect.

By the way, the song is called "My Next Beating", just to let you know.

omfgfaggotry (June 2, 2006)

i want to love IATA, but i can't. its just plain boring. i loved the movielife.

score is because it was weird seeing Vinnie play guitar for head automatica.

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

"Even though their crowd was smaller this time around"

Sounds like they're going to be huge.

Face it, they sound worse than the Movielife and the entire thing (esp. the drummer) looks very white trash.

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

Don't use the word penultimate anymore!

harry_the_dentist (June 2, 2006)

I haven't really checked out Signal Home yet. One of my friends is in love with them though. But I loved the Twirpentines so I should check out Signal Home.

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

the movielife = awesome.

i am the avalanche nightmare of you = terrible.

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