– Bay Wilson / Online Editor –
Four bands signed to Rise Records performed at Minglewood Hall in Memphis Wednesday night. The Rise Up Tour featured The Devil Wears Prada, Memphis May Fire, Silverstein and special guests Like Moths to Flames. Each band played a 30 – 45 minute set with sound checks in between. The show began at 6:30 and ended around 10:30. The venue was a very intimate setting with soft lighting and people conversing and making new friends.
The first act was the special guests Like Moths to Flames. The band had a great stage presence and never lost their energy on stage. They were very good at getting the crowd hyped up for the remaining acts. They grabbed the crowd’s attention easily with their unique style.
Following Like Moths to Flames was the Canadian band Silverstein. Their set had a great light show that danced to the beat of the music. The front man, Shane Todd, talked to the crowd in between songs and even came out after the Devil Wears Prada’s set and met his fans. He talked to the crowd about how happy he was to be back in Memphis and also talked to a fan in the front row about how the Cubs were winning that night’s game. Silverstein performed a new song “Ghost” which was released on October 14.
Memphis May Fire ran out with their guitars ready followed by singer Matty Mullins. They played several well-known songs such as “No Ordinary Love” and “Beneath the Skin.” Memphis May Fire also played their new song “Sever the Ties.” They recently released the song’s music video and released their new album today, October 28. The fans in the crowd responded very well to the band by singing the songs they all knew well. Mullins interacted with the crowd frequently, telling them to raise their fists in the air or to jump along during a chorus. The band had a great influence on the excited crowd.
The final act of the night, The Devil Wears Prada, ended the night on a great, and very heavy, note. The band showed great music expertise, proving they had been doing what they love for quite some time. The band was in sync the whole set and did not miss a beat. Their high energy rubbed off onto the crowd who jumped around enthusiastically to the music. The band ended their last song as the lights cut off. The crowd began to chant “one more song” and “encore” until the members came back out with their equipment to play one last song.
The bands left Memphis and headed for Texas for the next show. The four bands will be playing on the Rise Up Tour until November 4.