Take Action Tour 2014 with The Devil Wears Prada, The Ghost Inside, I Killed The Prom Queen, Dangerkids, Ventura Theater, March 12, 2014
The First Stop of the Take Action Tour 2014 took place at the Ventura Theater on March 12th, co-headlined by The Devil Wears Prada and The Ghost Inside. The solid support this year arrived in terms of Australia’s I Killed The Prom Queen and the up-and-coming Dangerkids from Dayton, Ohio. Just down the street from Seaside Park where the annual Ventura stop of the Vans Warped Tour takes place, fans were ready to rock, genuinely excited by the tremendous lineup at hand.
This year, the charity benefiting from Take Action would be Living The Dream, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing hope and inspiration to children and young adults afflicted with life threatening diseases. The cavernous Ventura Theater was filling up fast, and it was now time for the Take Action Tour 2014 to commence!
First up on the stage was Dangerkids, one of the newer bands on the Rise Records roster of talent. Presenting a stunning mixture of hip hop and post hardcore, the inspired songs on their debut recording Collapse succeed beyond anyone’s expectation within a live setting. Opening up with the triumphant refrains of Countdown, Dangerkids blasted into a solid collection of songs – and really had the early arrivals taking notice. Other standout cuts included Paper Thin, Hostage, and the anthem-like Waking Up.
Hip-hopping front man Tyler Smyth exuded a great deal of passion and charisma, reeling the listening in with his infectious delivery. Andy Bane supplies the perfect juxtaposition to Smyth, firing off the unclean vocals with a fervent sense of conviction. Guitarist Jake Bryant and bassist Jake Bonham unleashed the grooves like total pros – and then there was drummer Katie Cole blasting a vibrant and tremendously solid beat onto the proceedings at hand. If you missed Dangerkids at Take Action, you’ll have an opportunity to see their not-to-be-missed set at this year’s edition of the Vans Warped Tour!
I Killed The Prom Queen
I Killed The Prom Queen from Down Under took to the stage next, amidst massive sound problems that nearly killed their set. It’s been six years since the release of the last effort, and the band was on tour promoting their just released album entitled Beloved on Epitaph Records. The delays cut into a good deal of their time allotment, and the band would decide to play in spite of all the complications – unleashing a raw amount of energy and aggression that sent the mosh pit in flight. Even in their abbreviated show, I Killed The Prom Queen presented raging tunes such as Calvert Street, To The Wolves, and the mighty Say Goodbye.
Featured in the lineup is new vocalist Jamie Hope from The Red Chord, a now defunct Australian collective whose final album The Avarice Of Man was released in 2011 on Roadrunner Records. Even in spite of the complications, the band for the most part slaughtered it with a sense of humor – and where many would have just walked off the stage and blew the performance off, I Killed The Prom Queen presented the crowd with a wildly memorable show! Sheer brilliance indeed!
The Ghost Inside
Local hardcore heroes gone on to worldwide success, The Ghost Inside rampaged the stage next, unleashing a mesmerizing selection of tunes that nearly blew the walls out of the Ventura Theater. Opening their set with the searing refrains of Engine 45 from their Epitaph album Get What You Give, The Ghost Inside scorched through fan favorites such as Unspoken, Grownup, Sacrifice, 33, and Faith And Forgiveness. Halfway during their set, front man Jonathan Vigil expressed a sincere admiration for playing to a home crowd, conveying that he grew up in the neighboring city of Thousand Oaks. The Ghost Inside has toured the world, and remains one of the very best melodic hardcore bands to rage out of the Los Angeles music scene.
Giving their all in a live performance with an ardent fan base responding tenfold, there is little doubt that The Ghost Inside will be haunting the masses for the many years ahead. The Ghost Inside consists of Jonathan Vigil on lead vocals, Aaron Brooks on lead guitar and backing vocals, Zach Johnson on rhythm guitar, Jim Riley bass and backing vocals, and ex-For Fallen The Dreams member Andrew Tkaczyk on drums. The Ghost Inside will also be on the Vans Warped Tour this summer!
The Devil Wears Prada
The town of Dayton, Ohio was being well represented on the Take Action Tour this year, first with the openers Dangerkids and then at the night’s grand finale with a thunderous appearance by The Devil Wears Prada. The band has grown tremendously since their formation in 2005, and their lively performance at the Ventura Theater presented The Devil Wears Prada at the very height of their sonic artistry. From the rapturous opening strains of Sailor’s Prayer followed by the wondrously intensive Escape, The Devil Wears Prada unleashed a fury of tunes that sent the crowd into a spiraling wall of moshing and singing along. Mike Hranica remains a dynamic force to be reckoned with, delivering the compelling lyrics like a front man possessed. Also notably is the persuasive work of Jeremy DePoyster, delivering the goods with conviction on rhythm guitar and vocals.
This overall lineup is tremendously effective, leaving an indelible impression. Their latest magnum opus 8:18 is now available from Roadrunner Records. Expect The Devil Wears Prada to be burning up stages all across the country on the Vans Warped Tour this summer. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, be sure to catch The Devil Wears Prada, The Ghost Inside, I Killed The Prom Queen, and Dangerkids on the remaining dates of the Take Action Tour 2014! An incredible lineup rendering this year’s tour one of the very best the long running concert series has offered!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Edward Brandon)