Do You Want An Artist/Band to Play All Their Singles In Concert?

I’m curious if people actually prefer to hear all the singles of someone they go to see live or not.

I know why they do this. These are the songs that get radio-time and are used to promote the band and all, so I imagine a lot of people go just to see those songs performed. I get that, and it’s fair. Bands have to play what the fans want.

But are the people who go just to see the singles really, truly fans?

What about the people who are actual fans, who own every album, know every song, not just the singles?

Playing singles caters to the people who likely will only go see a band once, while the bigger fans will likely see them at any opportunity they can. But there’s no point to see them again, unless you don’t mind seeing the same set list.

It’s weird to me that artists cater more to people who like them less, but then again, there might be more of them then repeat viewers. But I doubt it, because every concert I’ve ever been to, 90% of the people somehow know every single lyric of every single song that every single band plays.

If you go to see your favorite artist, chances are they are going to play each and every single they’ve ever had. This isn’t so bad for newer artists with a couple of albums. But for the ones with lengthy careers with over 10 albums, and likely two singles from each, that’s 90% of their set list for each tour, and each concert. The other 10% is likely songs from their newest album.

It’s fine to see them once, but what’s the point ever again? Usually, the singles aren’t even their best songs, though this will be different for literally everyone, what with each person having their own tastes and all, but it’s a real shame to know you will never even see them perform anything but their singles.

There are a few bands I would love to go see a second time, but not to see a near-identical set list, despite having hundreds of songs to choose from.

And then there’s those wily artists who have so many songs that are typically long that instead of playing an entire song, play one verse and the chorus, then jump into another song.

This drives me insane! I personally would rather hear 12 full songs instead of 25 fractions of songs.

One of the only bands I’ve seen that actually play varied sets is Alkaline Trio. As a result, I am about to see them for the fifth or sixth time.

alkaline trio live blue lights

These guys have a ton of songs from nearly a dozen albums, and each set is unexpected, for they seem to choose from all of them. Of all the times I’ve seen them, they only played one song at each concert, it was their closing song, so I guess they always close with that, and they played another one of their most popular songs all but one of the concerts I’ve seen them in. I may have seen a couple more played twice over the years, but for the most part, they’ve played different songs, which is why I keep coming back for more. Heck, they even did a tour of songs they hadn’t played in a while a few years back.

Most other bands, after I realize they’ve played nothing but singles is one and done. I won’t go see them again.

So what do you think? Do you like it when artists play singles and nothing but? Or do you prefer a varied set to encourage seeing them again?

Artists Whose Talents Greatly Increased Between Albums Part 3

And I’m back, bringing you a few more incredible albums!

illuminaudio“Illuminaudio” (2010) by Chiodos

Genre: Alternative, Post Hardcore, Indie, Rock

Chiodos is certainly a unique band and are really quite talented. Of the four albums they have made, “Illuminaudio,” their third album, is without a doubt the most ambitious and enjoyable album to date.

I was very worried when this was being made. The bands singer, whose unique vocals ranging from low to very high pitches, mixed with the occasional aggressive screams, really brought the keyboards, unique guitar riffs, and overall excitable music together, had left the band, as well as their drummer. I just kept thinking to myself, “how can they make a Chiodos album without Craig Owens?” But all my worries and doubts were immediately put to rest after the first song, which was just a short intro thing that couldn’t even really be considered a real song. I knew I was in for a really great album after the first actual song, “Caves” came on. Right away it starts with a neat little drumbeat that immediately warmed me up to the new drummer. Followed right after that was a glorious high pitched chant by the new vocalist.

By the end of the song, I was floored. Not only was the new vocalist a much better singer, having cleaner transitions between high and low singing, much better screams and just an overall more pleasant sounding voice, the band as a whole were much more together if you will. The songs were smoother, more advanced and better written. This was at times absent from their older albums, where they often times just randomly jumped into odd music transitions, and the vocals were just cracked and screechy at times.

On top of all the better quality, every song was just incredible. When you listen to it, the still unique and satisfying vocals just seem to carry you along the notes of the equally unique music until you find yourself at the end of the album, sad that it is over, but overjoyed that upon owning this album, you have the privilege of listening to it as many times as you want.

This is another perfect album and I recommend it to pretty much everyone. I am sure you will find something in this amazing album for you to love.

 

my shame is true“My Shame Is True” (2013) by Alkaline Trio

Genre: Punk, Alternative, Rock

Alkaline Trio is one of my favorite bands, if not my favorite. They have been around for 20 years and have come out with quite a few albums in that time. Many of them take the band in slightly different directions, but their core elements of hard punk and heartbreak always stay in tact. Perhaps this is why this is one of the few bands out there that have remained consistently good throughout their entire career.

That being said, there is no denying however that some of their albums are definitely worse than others. This brings me to their last album before “My Shame Is True,” “This Addiction.” While this is still a good album, to me, it is without a doubt their worst. This left me slightly disappointed, and when “My Shame Is True” came out, I wasn’t all that quick to pick it up. But when I finally did, I found myself yet again stunned by my favorite trio. They introduced yet another style in this album, but as ever, keeping faithful to their core sound and energy. Though this was their best sound in my opinion, taking elements from all their previous albums and combining them into this one amazing one. I always felt it combined the writing style of “This Addiction,” the creativeness of “Crimson” and the pure foot tapping catchyness of “Agony & Irony.”

One song after the other was never alike, always trying something a little bit different, yet familiar. Some of these songs quickly became my favorites out of all the many, many songs they have created. And even though they combined a lot of their previous styles, each song is laced with something new, making the album stand out and exciting to listen to. I now eagerly await their next one, but now with the worry that it will not live up to this one, but it is Alkaline Trio, and everything they do is wonderful.

I highly recommend this to everyone. They have found such a balance in many forms of music that everyone can find something to enjoy.