Who: Movements, Palaye Royale, Silverstein, Good Charlotte
When: April 22, 2017
Venue: Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia
Where: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Photo Credit: Norma Young
The Youth Authority Tour presented by Journeys hit Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax Saturday night – featuring Movements, Palaye Royale, Silverstein and headliners Good Charlotte. The large crowd was already singing along to the playlist over the speakers before the show even began…so we knew we were in for a fun night of pop-punk music and rock!
The Southern Californian band Movements were up first, and kicked off by performing “Hatchet” from their first EP Outgrown Things released in March of last year. Lead singer Patrick Miranda mentioned how Halifax is the furthest that he’s been away from home, and it was amazing that people in the crowd still knew who they were and were able to sing along to songs. He also said how the band writes songs about sad and real, serious life events rather than happy upbeat songs, and then went into playing a new unreleased song that was about Alzheimer’s. The 4-piece band then went on to perform all of their songs from Outgrown Things (other than “Losing Fight”), including “Vacant Home” and ending the set with “Kept.” Movements recorded a full-length album in February, which is to be released this summer during Warped Tour.
Next up was the Canadian born (now USA-based) self-described “fashion-art rock band” Palaye Royale. Just by seeing their ornate style while they were setting up for their performance, we knew it was going to be an entertaining set! The high-energy group got their show under way by performing “Don’t Feel Quite Right” – also the leading song off their album “Boom Boom Room (Side A)” which was released in June 2016. From this album, they also performed “My Youth Generation”, “Mr. Doctor Man” and “Get Higher.” The trio (as well as two touring members) had extraordinary energy, and frontman Remington Leith entertained the crowd with how animated he was while performing – even coming down into the crowd 3 or 4 times throughout the short set. The band played ode to My Chemical Romance by performing a throwback cover of “Teenagers” which had everyone singing along. They also performed a new song by the name of “My Sweetness.” They mentioned how Halifax was their favourite crowd of the tour so far (though, they probably say that at every show), and joked how they were going to move here despite the whole “snow in April” thing we have going on, which caused them to get stuck on their way here.
Silverstein – the sole Canadian-based band on the tour from Burlington, Ontario – were up next, and began their set by getting the crowd to chant “No-va Sco-tia” over and over again, before getting into “Stand Amid the Roar.” Next, they performed “Massachusetts” and changed the lyric to “back to Nova Scotia” instead of the usual “back to California,” getting the crowd pumped. Vocalist Shane Told made chat about how he thought it was funny the show was in a casino, and how could he walk past a Son’s of Anarchy machine without stopping to gamble a bit? He won $700, so obviously Halifax is a good luck stop! The post-hardcore band played older songs such as “Smile in Your Sleep” and “My Heroine,” as well as more recent ones like “Face of the Earth” and “Ghost.” Told said to the crowd that we had one thing to do – and that was to jump! Halfway through the set, the band had a sample from Charlie Chaplin’s speech in the 1940 film The Great Dictator, which built suspension. Silverstein was the perfect band to get the crowd excited leading into the headliners of the night – Good Charlotte!
Maryland band Good Charlotte came on stage shortly before 10:30 to hoards of screams and applause. Most of the fans in the crowd had never had a chance to see the band before, and this was a build up of excitement from the early 2000s. The band was aware of this, and played tons of old songs, with some new sprinkled between as well. They kicked off their set with the iconic “The Anthem” from their 2002 album “The Young and the Hopeless,” and continued to play a handful of songs from that album such as “Girls & Boys” and “Riot Girl.” During “Riot Girl,” Joel Madden spoke about his 9 year old daughter and who he wants her to look up to – thinking of the girls that speak their mind and stand up for what they believe, and want to do good and save the planet. He said that he wants her to look up to the girls in the crowd. Good Charlotte then mixed it up by playing “Life Changes” from their new album “Youth Authority.”
Benji Madden had a chance to take the mic from his brother and talk to the crowd a bit, addressing those who may be going through some tough times at the moment. He ensured us that the days get better, and everyone at this show wanted us there, before performing the emotional “Hold On.” They then performed another new song “Makeshift Love,” before throwing it way back to 2000 and their debut album with “Little Things.” The band constantly thanked the fans for supporting them, and letting their dreams happen after coming from nothing. The set was a trip down memory lane with them also asking where we were in certain years, while they were releasing albums. It really made you think back to times in middle school or high school – whatever point in life you were at during the time. The Madden brothers also spoke about high school, and how we would’ve been a big crew if we attended “Halifax High School” together. The crowd sang and jumped along to every single song throughout the night, and they closed the show with “Dance Floor Anthem,” “I Just Wanna Live,” and “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.”
All four bands on Saturday night had nostalgic feels, despite being newly formed. It was a ridiculously fun night filled with unreal talent and energy, and as Benji Madden mentioned, “good vibes.” I think I can speak for everyone in the crowd and say it still feels surreal that we’ve seen Good Charlotte live, after being such an iconic band from our childhood and teenage years. It was also a huge bonus that they had such talented supporting acts on this tour, and I feel so fortunate to have been able to attend. I definitely would not hesitate to see Movements, Palaye Royale, Silverstein or Good Charlotte if any of them were to come back to Halifax!
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