Righteous Vendetta’s performance in Cleveland, Ohio brought with it a whole lot of surprises. A new sound for the band, a new live show, but most notable about the night was not even that particular band, it was their opener.
It really is no secret that I am rather picky when it comes to the type of music that I enjoy. It has to be honest, the instruments in tune and on point, the breakdowns need to be tight, and the band playing all of this needs to understand the distinction between performing and simply playing. What I do not, and would never expect this of is any opening band.
Though I did say that this was a night of surprises didn’t I?
Braced4Impact proved to be just such a surprise. Formed in May of 2015, this fun loving group of guys proved that they not only could hold their own on this bill, but that they deserved to be there. Their live show was energetic and tight, albeit rather early in the night. Despite their time slot, they played their hearts out, which is extremely telling of a band’s heart and drive. So telling in fact that they caught my attention as I was making my way into the venue.
They were just the type of band that one could sit back and listen to and enjoy. The wide variety of metal that they played kept the audience on their toes. What impressed me most however were the breakdowns that were artfully crafted into each song. Each one more brutal than the last, yet totally unique in their own way. Right then they had each of the factors that cause me to take interest in a group. In fact they made me curious enough to check out their latest release entitled Post Apocalyptic and I knew that I had to talk to them.
I sat down for an interview with Tao “Chino” Chieng, one of the band’s guitar players, and asked him to tell me a little bit about the band. He laughed stating, “We’re nice guys. We like long walks on the beach and a nice dinner. Nah, just kidding, but if it [the music] touches somebody, that’s great. We honestly love our fans.” The group’s project is a solid one. Six tracks total, all reflecting their diverse sound and musical prowess. The tracks match the energy of their live show, which says quite a bit. My personal favorite track on the project is a song called “Disbanded”. Between the rest of the tracks, this one especially symbolizes the band’s signature sound, and showcases an impressive array of musical technicality. The instrumentation gave just enough of a variation to be memorable, but was advanced enough to make for a different sound than most hardcore bands. Overall, very well done.
This tour with Flaw and Righteous Vendetta is Braced4Impact’s first national tour. The band reflected on the dynamic of the tour. “They’re all great guys. With Flaw being in the game so long, and Righteous Vendetta being as great as they are, they have really given us some solid advice as to how to stay in the game” Tao said.
“We didn’t want to do something halfway” Chieng explained. “ We’re not gonna be some locals, but we’re not out to be rock stars. We just want to live life. That’s why we tour; to meet people and to give back.”
As far as I am concerned, as long as this group keeps at what they are doing, this tour will not be their last.
You can connect with Braced4Impact on their social media accounts and catch them live and in concert on the remainder of their tour with Flaw and Righteous Vendetta.