MUSIC: Blink 182, The Naked and Famous, WAVVES

WAVVES

Opening the set in the open-air Oak Mountain Ampitheatre was WAVVES, named after founder Nathan Williams' fear of the ocean. If you've never heard WAVVES before, they sound like more rough-around-the-edges version of Rooney. That classic surfer indie rock that makes you long for the days of warm beaches and big swells, even if you've never surfed a day in your life. They opened their set with a favorite from their 2010 release King of the Beach which immediately gets your toes tappin'. If you're not charmed by their simplicity, it'll surely be bassist Stephen Pope's hair that does you in. 
 

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THE NAKED AND FAMOUS

There are few bands that can harmonize quite like Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers. This dynamic duo takes the stage and and if their energetic and enthusiastic stage performance doesn't command your attention, surely their dueling vocals will. Alisa's voice is soft, like a light blanket on a chilly day. It's soothing, powerful, and all the more incredible when mixed with Thom's. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, The Naked and Famous have been taking charge of the pop rock scene for the last five years. If their name doesn't sound familiar, listen to single 'Young Blood' and there's no doubt you've heard it on countless commercials, movie scores, and TV shows. Thom and Alisa backed by Aaron Short, David Beadle, & Jesse Wood put on an amazing show under the stars with singles such as Hearts Like Ours, Higher, and Young Blood. The synthy-melodic pop sounds of TNAF underneath the stars of central Alabama was certainly one of my favorite music memories here to date. Check out their full setlist below:

  1. Hearts Like Ours
  2. All of This
  3. Punching In A Dream
  4. A Stillness
  5. Higher
  6. No Way
  7. Laid Low
  8. Girls Like You
  9. Young Blood

BLINK 182

I have a love/hate relationship with Blink 182. I love them because, well, they're Blink 182. I hate them because they seem to have discovered the secret to eternal youth, or atleast their music does. Every time I hear Travis tear up the drums or Mark shred the bass, I'm instantly transported to 1999. This band does. not. age. While Tom DeLonge's absent still sits on the forefront of most fan's hearts, we can all agree that Matt Skiba has stepped up and filled the much anticipated role. While all of these guys are in the 40's, they keep putting on one hell of a show with seemingly no end in sight. 

I couldn't picture Central Alabama to come out in full force for a Blink 182 show, but I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the crowd. Wake up Pelham, AL, there's a pop punk revolution happening in your backyard! Blink came out blaring opening with Feeling This and the place exploded, including the cryo-cannons. The audience was indeed Feeling This. Hoppus & Skiba bounced around the stage as if this duo was always meant to be and with so many smiles from them and Barker, it's so evident how much these guys sincerely love touring. Semi-fresh off the release of their latest album California, this setlist was packed with favorites both new and old. Whether you're a die hard Blink fan or newly converted, there's no denying how much passion the fans share with Mark, Matt, & Travis. 

Cryo & confetti games were the least exciting part of this show as Blink ripped through favorites such as What's My Age Again, I Miss You, Always, and All The Small Things while mixing in their latest releases like Bored to Death, Sober, and She's Out Of Her Mind. 

See the full setlist below and be sure to check out Blink on the remaining leg of their 2017 tour! 

  1. Feeling This
  2. Rock Show
  3. Cynical 
  4. Anthem
  5. What’s My Age Again? 
  6. First Date
  7. Bored to Death
  8. Built This Pool
  9. Down
  10. I Miss You 
  11. Dumpweed
  12. Always
  13. Reckless Abandon
  14. She's Out Of Her Mind
  15. Violence
  16. Sober
  17. Happy Holidays
  18. Dysent Ary Gary
  19. Los Angeles 

Encore: 

  1. All The Small Things
  2. Brohemian Rhapsody
  3. Dammnit 
Posted by Ashley Lester.