Smile Empty Soul, Flaw and Kaleido head to Dallas, Texas for their last show of the Flawless Smile Tour on Saturday, June 30, 2018. The groups shook up the Concert Pub North in Houston, Texas on Friday, June 29th with their high energy performances. All three are on the precipice of chart topping hits with their new music or soon to be released new music.
Smile Empty Soul, known best for their tracks “Bottom of the Bottle,” “Silhouettes,” “False Alarm,” “Don’t Ever Leave” and “Wasted Town,” are touring their new album Oblivion. Released on May 25th, two music videos have already been released for songs “My Name” and “Stars.”
The album is consistent and true to their sound with memorable riffs and Sean Danielsen’s haunting, gritty voice. Grunge lovers will not want to miss an opportunity to catch some of the new tracks live. The band honors their longtime fans too, though, with performances of their stalwart songs such as the aforementioned fan favorites. Danielsen even pauses in the chorus for fans to fill in the lyrics. If you are going to catch the guys (which you should), make sure to brush up on what you’re doing it for (Hint: see “Bottom of the Bottle”). For the heavier rock fans, co-headliner Flaw, brings the screams.
Friday, June 29th was the drop date for Flaw’s new single “Conquer this Climb.” Vocalist Chris Volz joked that they learned that it was released at the same time as the fans. Surprisingly, the group, consisting of a whole new lineup with the exception of Volz, did not play the new track. They did play fan favorites “Fed Up,” “Only the Strong,” “Get Up Again” and their very first single off of their first album, “Payback.”
Their set was electric from the first song “Fed Up” to the musical break that showcased the talent of the new band members (which holy flaming fingers! The new guys can shred and if you love a good slap bass player, you’re in luck!) to the finale. Before Smile Empty Soul and Flaw highlighted their new music, Kaleido warmed the stage up with theirs.
Kaleido, who describe themselves as “a fresh, modern day Detroit incarnation of rock n’ roll” performed their soon-to-be next single “Enemy,” in addition to a few other tracks that have not been released yet. Drummer, Joey Fava, was present even after surgery about one week prior, banging on the drums thereby delivering a heavy performance. Now, that’s rock n’ roll. And back to bassists, Cody Morales has a heavy groove that is fun to watch and that rocking to is even more fun. All of the new songs rubbed the soul in an angry, yet heart warming kind of way. One expects anger from a band who has a song titled “No More Little Miss Nice Bitch.”
Christina Chriss, vocalist, finds a way to pull out guttural yet musical screams and yells and still manages to switch to beautiful melodies in seconds. She warmed the heart and elicited head nods when she introduced one of the new tracks by reminding the audience that everyone has a fight. No one knows what that fight is. So, essentially be nice.
“Enemy” cannot be found online anywhere at this time. If you have you listened to these new tracks, what do you think? Which artist is your favorite? If you haven’t, make sure you catch the groups at Trees in Dallas, Saturday, June 30th. Tickets are only $18.00.