By: Mary Welch
Last week, I was able to attend Of Mice & Men’s Defy Tour at Chicago’s House of Blues, and I can already say that it was one of the best tours of the year. The night opened with MSCW and Fire from the Gods, whose sound has me hooked, Cane Hill and Bless the Fall.
Cane Hill met my expectations and more with their unparalleled guitar solos and contagious energy. They’re one of those bands that you will just want to see over and over and over again, never growing tired of their songs. Their album Too Far Gone was released just a few weeks ago and I cannot stress enough to check it out. I’ll always have nice things to say about not just them as musicians, but people as well.
Similarly, Bless the Fall’s vocalist Beau Bokan jumped on and off the stage risers and into the crowd, displaying his immeasurable energy throughout the whole set. They recently signed to Rise Records and released a new single “Wishful Sinking” on February 14th. Hard Feelings, Bless the Fall’s new album, is set to release in late March shortly before starting shows on the Resurrection Tour with Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria. Find my review of the previous leg of that tour here!
As always, Of Mice & Men did their part. Perfect lighting, a great sound, and a pleasant atmosphere is the lest you should expect. They mainly played songs from their most current album Defy, including their better-than-the-original cover of Pink Floyd’s “Money,” both of which you will not be able to stop listening to once you start.
Overall, the lineup, setlists, musicians, and venue staff all contributed in making the night a great one, and if you can make it out to a show, do not hesitate.