Columbus, OH, Lifestyles Community Pavilion, May 18, 2006

 

Written and photos by: Jason Perlman

 

About every year or so, a band from Victory Records seems to break away from the rest of the roster. A few years ago, Taking Back Sunday emerged on the emo scene and took kids by storm. Recently, Hawthorne Heights is using the emo format but added great hooks and catchy harmonies to take a few steps forward. 2006 may be the year of Aiden to surface as the next Victory band to break onto a scene. Except rather than latch onto the emo-pop scene, Aiden is using the popularity of My Chemical Romance's Goth-pop scene and mixed it with a bit of Napoleon Dynamite mixed in.

During the set, Aiden makes it a point to reach out to the outcast kids, relating to them in a way that gives those kids acceptance. Supporting Nightmare Anatomy, the members of Aiden use their pariah past and love of horror to make music that has been compared to both HIM (who they are opening for) and AFI. However, anyone who sees the band live can see that Aiden is also able to mix it catchy riffs to make their horror music more rated PG-13 rather than R.

 

What shows throughout the band's performance, is the dedication and experience, even from kids just out of high school. This comes from serious commitment from the band as it toured well outside of their hometown Seattle, and it was their debut record Our Gangs Dark Oath and their talent that caught the Victory ears and got them signed.

 

Vocalist Wil is more than just that, he has a command of the stage in his Crow-like makeup that singers twice his age would kill for. His swagger and confidence is tremendous, and the rest of the band is more than capable of keeping the music flowing as Wil banters with the audience and sometimes strays from the sounds of the CD.

 

Their single Die Romantic is a great song to bring it out live, as it has solid beats to back the more harmonic vocals and even catchy, breezy chorus. This is a song that can make Aiden a band for the youth of today, having the rebelliousness and anti-hero themes but still the foot-tapping beat. But when the song is transformed live, like most of the CD, it takes on a more sinister tone with the harsh, deep drumbeats and even heavier bass riffs.

 

Like most bands in the genre of Aiden, the band will hit the road for Warped Tour and will continue to hone their stage skills in the deep, bright sunlight versus the more apropos dark, red-lit club stages.

 

Aiden proved on stage at Lifestyles Community Pavilion that this is a band ready to be the next Victory breakout band. Following Artreyu, Taking Back Sunday and Hawthorne Heights, Aiden continues to win over fans for each band they open for. First time through Columbus, Aiden took their role and used it for all it was worth. Whether it was opening for the more mainstream 30 Seconds to Mars or the Gothic HIM, Aiden can play a set and relates brilliantly to a majority of those in the audience, and that ability to switch gears and cross genres will help propel Aiden to a top Warped Tour band by the end of the summer.

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