A friend and I drove 6 hours to see one of our favorite bands, Islander, in Dallas, Texas. I’d come across the tour while scrolling through my SongKick App which is synced with Spotify Premium. This is a handy app to have if you want to have the most up-to-date information on tours. You are also able to purchase tickets through the site and set a reminder for when they go on sale.
When arriving in Dallas, I contacted my AirBnB guy and checked into our room. This was my first time using the website so I was a bit apprehensive. The gentleman was very nice but I must admit that I felt very uncomfortable staying with someone I didn’t know. He also had the heat up way too high for my comfort level. Other than that, everything went fine. My friend and I were able to walk and get a burger at nearby Twisted Root Burgers, which was phenomenal! The tour venue was just around the corner as well.
Around 6:00 p.m., we arrived at the venue, Trees on Elm Street. There was a short line that extended near the tour buses and vans. We could see a few guys from different bands walking around, which was pretty neat. One of the tour buses was leaking urine so there was a foul stench in the air that we were downwind from. A couple of people behind us asked about my Texas Mutiny shirt so we struck up a good conversation about bands and upcoming tours.
The doors opened at 7:00 p.m. and we made our way inside. The venue was a lot smaller than I expected, but nice none-the-less. I spotted some chairs on a balcony upstairs and asked my friend to go up and see if there was any indication for “VIP members only”. There wasn’t so we snagged the last two chairs right against the railing! Bonus! It was the perfect view. There was also a bar and some lounge seating upstairs near us. I was impressed with the overall vibe of Trees.
Assuming We Survive was the first band up at 7:30. They weren’t really my type of music and didn’t really seem to fit in with the genre of bands in the tour, but I can appreciate their sound and energy. The lead singer of the band was very positive and touched on some issues with being alone and depressed. He promised that if anyone needed someone to talk to, he/she could message them and they would always respond. I thought that was very sweet of them to offer.
The time had come and my favorite guys from the band Islander took the stage! At first, the crowd looked on with wide eyes, not knowing what to think. They weren’t moving much either which was a little weird for me because I thought the band was doing a fantastic job. I am, however, bias. Front man Mikey Carvajal started his normal crowd surfing and the vibe took a new turn. People started moshing and banging their heads. I looked on stage at guitarist JR Bareis a couple of times and it’s a wonder that he doesn’t have serious neck issues. Bareis was banging pretty hard and still killing it on the guitar! At one point, Mikey climbed on to one of the lower balconies and jumped into the crowd. They gave a stellar performance and sounded fantastic while doing so.
Mikey Carvajal of Islander announced that he would be over by the merch booth after they got done with their set. I waited a few minutes then made my way down to where he was. There were about 4 people who pushed in front of me while I stood there waiting for my turn. When I saw an opening, I said to Mikey, “Me next!”. He smiled and waved me over for a hug. He was drenched in sweat but oddly enough, it didn’t bother me. He didn’t smell, after all. He complimented me on my hair then we took 2 pictures.
Since I’d been pushed out-of-the-way, I decided to take a moment to talk to Mikey. I told him that I’d seen on Facebook where the band had been robbed and that I was so sorry for them. He said something very positive and I could tell that he was in good spirits about the otherwise shitty situation. I also mentioned that I’d seen them with Korn and at Texas Mutiny and how they killed it each time. We talked about how the crowd wasn’t feeling them at first but he said it always takes a moment to warm them up. He was very nice and humble as I’d hoped. I thanked him for the picture and said my goodbyes.
The next band to take the stage was Wage War. This band was one that I was looking forward to because of how raw and heavy they are. I’d fallen in love with the song “The River” months ago and have been a fan ever since. I must say, they did not disappoint! They were as heavy and awesome as I’d hoped they would be live. The crowd was into them immediately. They will most definitely be a repeat concert for me.
I Prevail finally took the stage at 10:00. By then, I was tired and my back was aching. My friend and I’d decided that we would watch at least 2 songs, then head back to our room. The band was so good that we stayed around for 5 songs, trust me – that’s great compared to how tired I was. I was also pleasantly surprised at their stage presence and crisp sound live. The crowd screamed every lyric and the vibe was surreal.
I’d heard a couple of fans that got VIP passes complain that they thought they would get more time with the guys from I Prevail and that they wished it wasn’t an assembly line type of deal. Obviously, they’d never gotten VIP passes before. It’s very common for the VIP Meet and Greet to be quick because they bands tend to have a lot to do in prep for their performance. I understand that and am still grateful for the chance that I get to meet such nice rockers.
The LifeLines Tour gets 5 out of 5 stars from this rocker! I thoroughly enjoyed each band and had a great time. Shout out to Mikey Carvajal for taking the time to take pictures with fans. Another shout out to JR Bareis for being polite when I said hello to him with a mouth full of pizza as I passed him by the 711 on the way back to our room. 🙂