With Confidence and Broadside with special guests Sleep On It and Small Talks | The Masquerade | Atlanta, GA | November 26, 2018
At the end of November I had the pleasure of seeing not one, but three, of my favorite bands all on the same tour. The “Love and Loathing in Paradise Tour” was one of my favorites this year and if you haven’t made it out to this show, you’re missing out on something pretty amazing.
I had never heard of Small Talks before this tour, but I can say that I enjoyed their set a lot.
Small Talks’ set was a lot of fun to watch and to photograph.
They brought fans on stage with them during quite a few of their songs and it was like a big party.
Small Talks has a full-length album coming out in February 2019 and after seeing them play live I cannot wait to hear this album.
Next up were my boys in Sleep On It.
Anybody who knows me knows that Sleep On It is one of my favorite bands in the scene.
Personally, I think every show of theirs I see is my favorite.
Sleep On It put on an amazing show, like they always do. They had a lot of people singing along and it was hard for me to focus on the photography because I was having so much fun watching their set.
In addition to seeing one of my favorite bands, they had a nice little surprise at the end of their set. One of my good friends and fellow contributors here at Spinning Thoughts, Maggie Schneider, took to the stage to end Sleep On It’s set the right way- with guest vocals on “Fireworks.”
If I thought Sleep On It’s set couldn’t get any better, Maggie proved me wrong. Every time I see her perform, whether it be by herself or as a guest, I am absolutely blown away by her talent.
Having Maggie help end the set was the perfect way to end the night for Sleep On It. I know I am not speaking for just myself when I say I cannot wait to see Sleep On It in concert again.
Prior to this tour, I had only seen Broadside once, but I can say they were every bit as good as I remember.
Not only did Broadside come out and give the crowd some amazing energy, they played songs I never thought I would hear live (“Looking At You” / “Playing in Traffic”.)
Broadside was a lot of fun to watch. There’s always something happening on the stage.
I’ve been to a lot of shows this year, and I think Broadside put on one of the best performances I have seen in 2018.
It’s different to see a band on Warped Tour and then see them on a co-headliner where they have more creative freedom with how the stage looks.
Broadside killed this show and I had so much fun watching them.
I am so excited to see Broadside live again and the pictures of their performance turned out better than any photos I have taken in a while.
Last, but certainly not least, With Confidence took the stage.
I’ve always loved With Confidence. They consistently put on an amazing live show and their music has always been some of my favorite.
It was cool to watch the band perform a mix of their new and old songs.
With Confidence always brings so much energy to the stage and they ALWAYS put on an amazing show.
The Atlanta date of this tour was a special one for With Confidence because they played “Spinning” for the first time on this run.
It wasn’t perfect, but for them never having played “Spinning” live before, they did an amazing job. It’s always cool to see bands perform newer songs – it’s either really impressive or really funny. In this case it was both.
With Confidence released Love and Loathing earlier this year, and in my opinion it’s one of the best albums of 2018.
Seeing these songs live put actual emotions behind the songs and it was honestly so beautiful to experience.
With Confidence is a group of insanely talented guys who keep improving with every album and EP they put out.
If you didn’t make it out to this tour, you missed a truly special experience. I had the time of my life photographing these bands and I cannot wait to see them again. I know I will continue to be impressed by every band on this bill.
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*All photos credited to Skylar Cleland