Energy! Energy! Energy! That’s the word (or three) I would use to describe the Nothing More/Papa Roach show at The State Theater in Portland, Maine on Friday, April 13th. Yes, you read that right, Friday the 13th; luckily nothing freaky happened! What an incredibly energetic show put on by some amazing bands.
Named after Papa Roach’s ninth studio album, the “Crooked Teeth” tour was on night six of a twenty-five date tour which brought along fellow rock acts Escape the Fate and Nothing More. Sadly, I was unable to catch Escape the Fate’s set due to the venue distance and time constraints, but I did hear they put on a killer set.
Nothing More is a band that I have wanted to photograph live ever since I bought their album “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” and caught their live performance at Carolina Rebellion last summer. Immediately I was impressed by lead singer Jonny Hawkins vocals and energy on stage. It’s always amazing as a photographer to get to photograph a band that you truly enjoy. If you really want to hear his vocal range, look up Nothing More’s acoustic cover of “Say It to Me Now” on YouTube.
Nothing More opened up with “Christ Copyright” which saw Jonny climb up on the drum portion of his very well known “Scorpion Tail” and impress the crowd with his vocals. They continued with another nine songs to include some of their more well-known hits such as “Go to War” (crazy vocals, killer guitar riffs, massive screams) and “This Is The Time(Ballast).”
Their entire set was packed with non-stop energy from the minute they walked on the stage to their final bow at the end with “Salem (Burn the Witch).” The crowd was treated to Jonny’s impressive skills on the “Scorpion tail” during their cover of Skrillex’s “First of the Year” which saw crazy body movements and screeching instrumental sounds. Just a badass thing to witness in person. Definitely see this band when they are in your city! You will walk away saying “wow!”
Music veterans Papa Roach were up next and they opened up with the tour title song “Crooked Teeth.” Although it has been eighteen year since their first album was released, these guys were just as energetic and musically on point as they were back in the early 2000s. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lead singer run and jump around as much as Jacoby Shaddix did; so much so I almost had a hard time keeping up with him!
As the tour headliner, their set was much longer with eighteen songs and three more in the encore. One highlight for me was their cover of “Song 2” by Blur which I hadn’t heard in years and was always a fan of. Jacoby kept the crowd jumping and singing along and at one point had the entire crowd crouch down and wait for the chorus to jump. Pretty awesome to see synchronized jumping. Others songs included rock anthem “Born for Greatness” and “None of the Above” which are both featured on their most recent album.
Papa Roach played tribute to the late lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, with a cover of “In the End” which had the crowd both energized and tearful. Closing out the night was their most well-known hit “Last Resort” which was the first single off of their first album “Infest” which hit 3x platinum back in 2001. These guys have proved themselves to be a staple in the music industry and aren’t going anywhere and I was glad to finally see them live.