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I Am the Avalanche / Signal Home: live in Erielive in Erie (2006)
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.
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.)
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