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On Wednesday January 22nd,  Sleeping With Sirens and their highly anticipated The Medicine Tour graced the House of Blues in Dallas with its presence and some heavy jams.  It was definitely a show I had circled on my calendar for quite some time.  Accompanying them were a host of high-octane bands including Set It Off, Belmont, and Point North.  The anticipation was high for this show as this was the first America tour since the release of their latest album, How It Feels To Be Lost, and one I wouldn't soon forget.

First to hit the stage were Los Angeles natives, Point North. Hitting the scene in 2016, Point North has really made some waves in the music scene.  With over 300,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, the potential they seem to have is huge and they came out swinging with their latest, “Never Coming Home”.  From that point forward it was off to the races.  Point North had a great energy on stage and kept the crowd engaged throughout their incredibly energetic set.  Before playing their final song, they surprised everyone with a cover of “Hammer” by nothing,nowhere.  Everyone (and I mean everyone) really seemed to really vibe to it.  Point North ended their set with 2019 hit, “Gasoline”, and absolutely crushed it.  These guys are bad-ass!

Next up we had Belmont.  Without skipping a beat, the pop punk group took the stage and started playing crowd favorite, “By My Side”.  The lead singer, Taz has a great way of using his voice to get that real punk vocal sound and it showed.  The Chicago based band gave us a seven-song set that was phenomenal and ultimately delivered on all levels.  Following in the footsteps of bands like The Story So Far, Tiny Moving Parts, and even Knuckle Puck, Belmont has made a dent in the industry and look like they're here to stay.  To close out their set, Belmont delivered their final but most anticipated song of the evening, “Overstepping”.  The crowd was over the top about it and was a great ending to their kick-ass performance.

Following Belmont, we had the good fortune of jamming with the dynamic trio known as Set It Off.  Led by lead vocalist Cody Carson, Set It Off delivered a really fun set and had the crowd engaged throughout their performance.  There wasn’t a second that Cody didn’t stop moving and jumping all over stage.  These guys have been doing it since 2008 and continue to slay every time I see them.  Set It Off started with “Lonely Dance” and so many voices were singing the words right along side the band.  Song after song, the energy stayed consistent.  Belmont played more hits like “Killer in the Mirror” and then closed with one of my favs, “Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing”.  A long way from their hometown of Tampa, Dallas was off the floor for them and definitely did not disappoint.

And last but certainly not least, the lights go out and Sleeping With Sirens runs out and kicks the show into hyper-drive.  Stoked was an understatement for how I felt as we were jumping right into what would surely be an amazing set.  They started off nice and heavy with “Leave It All Behind” and got the crowd off their feet in seconds.  Kellin Quinn has always been someone I’ve enjoyed and so to see them so much more matured in their sound was super exciting.  Sleeping With Sirens played some bangers off the new album but also left room for the classics.  The moment “If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn” started playing,  the House of Blues went ballistic.  This with Sleeping With Sirens at their finest!

Kellin and their guitarist Nick Martin then decided to slow it down a bit in the middle of the set to play a fan favorite, “Iris” by none other than the Goo Goo Dolls.  All I can say is WOW!  They then then launched into “With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear” and I was literally blown away.  There wasn’t a moment during those songs that everyone wasn’t singing.  The rest of the band came back on stage and then encored with “Kick Me”.  And just when you thought it couldn’t get better, Sleeping With Sirens closed out the set with 2011 classic, “If You Can’t Hang”.  Just incredible.

Overall, Sleeping With Sirens put on one hell of a performance and was the show to be in Dallas that evening.  If you get the chance to catch them on The Medicine Tour this year,  you'll be in for one heck of a ride.  These guys were spot on from their sets opener to the final encore and seem to be getting better with age.   I would highly recommend this show!

James Coffman

Photojournalist - Dallas

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