Gallery: Silent Planet, Silverstein + August Burns Red
During the midst of Stampede, there are certain people who are looking for an out of the Cowboy hats and August Burns Red is one of those outs. With the venue being close to the Stampede grounds there’s still a lot of activity about, even a shop selling cowboy hats right next to the venue. The line up to get inside actually started right there when I first approached the Marquee sign. Going inside, the main floor of the Palace was already covered in people anxiously waiting for it all to start. Several people were lined up at merch grabbing what they could from any of the three bands. August Burns Red always does well in Calgary and their fans are loyal no matter how frequent or not that they visit this city. The same goes for the Canadian, Silverstein, who comes through every year, if not every 6 months or so. Heck, the band tends to be the gateway across Canada, always promising a good show for bands who often aren’t able to make their way into Canada, especially not in Western Canada. A good example of this is that both bands brought up Silent Planet, a Californian band that had yet to touch base in Western Canada. Throughout the night, several people excitedly went over to the merch table to grab something or talk to one of the members. It was such a treat to finally have them come up in an often neglected city.
Silent Planet started up, and though not everyone knew the words to the song, there were excited faces sitting along the barricade, sort of mouthing along to what they could remember, swaying and moving along as they got all the energy from the performance. With vocalist, Garrett, running up to the top of the platforms, barefoot and serious, he demanded attention from the crowd, and they all gave it back to him. Even at the back of the room, people’s eyes were glued to the bands performance wanting to see what was going on, paying attention to everything that he had to say, and looking back at him with seriousness any time he mentioned the different mental illnesses that had afflicted him or were present his life experiences. At one point, he even saw people singing along enthusiastically and jumped onto the barricade to sing along with the guy and keep the room full of energy.
AUGUST BURNS RED
Photography: Brandynn LP