Wallingford, CT – It was late Tuesday afternoon and it had been maybe ten minutes since I landed at Bradley International Airport, back from a trip to see a Paul McCartney concert in Nashville, when I realized I needed to race down to the Oakdale Theatre to catch the Honda Civic Tour. My flight had been delayed so I needed to make the 45 minute drive in less then ten if I was going to catch the show on time. I was going to see Kadawatha, an independent pop-rock band based out of Sri Lanka with a sound comparable to The Hush Sound and Switchfoot. It was the first major U.S. tour for Kadawatha, so needless to say I felt a bit bad when I arrived at the theater about 5 minutes after they left the stage.
I stuck around to see the of the acts which included New Found Glory, Tegan & Sara, and headliners Paramore. I’ve never been a pop-punk kind of guy, so admittedly I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to enjoy the show. Sitting there I realized I was probably about as out of place musically as I had felt. The place was PACKED with screaming girls with cameras in hands covered airbrushed Paramore tattoos & t-shirts as if they were the greatest band to ever walk the earth.
The whole show was surprisingly good though – a solid night of well performed rock music. New Found Glory, as cheesy as they were, put on a great performance. Singer Jordan Pundik wore a hoodie the entire time they were on stage which absolutely blew my mind considering it was well into the 90’s outside. At one point they had people holding up signs with lyrics to get the crowd singing along to the chorus, switching them out at the end to “Buy” “Our” “T-Shirts”. Tegan and Sara came on a bit soft, messing up one of their first songs, but they quickly earned my respect with catchy, well performed songs and some jokes in between. I was with a big fan of Tegan & Sara so she gave me a bunch of fun facts while she was watching, and I know she enjoyed their set as well. They were without a doubt the highlight of the show for me.
The show ended with high energy performance by Paramore, opening with the song “Ignorance.” Singer Hayley Williams bounced around the stage like a firecracker but somehow still hit all the notes and sang near perfectly. The band had a cool set with light bulbs on cords bouncing around adding to the energy. Music-wise.. catchy, and very well received by the screaming girls and the pop-punk kind of guys in the crowd.
The Honda Civic Tour with Paramore, Tegan & Sara, New Found Glory and Kadawatha continues throughout the United States. For tickets and more information, visit http://civictour.honda.com/tickets/.