Going into a show you never know how it will go. When the first band has you hooked, it usually means it will be a great show. This is what happened when I saw Mike Mains & The Branches, All Get Out, and Mae at Warehouse Live. This was an incredible show that gave me flashbacks to a life changing record and two more bands that I am hooked on.
Mike Mains & The Branches
Mike Mains & The Branches started the night with catchy vocals and melodies. They have a unique sound that I can’t describe. Their energy was infectious. It was obvious by their body language; this is a band with chemistry. Each song was full of catchy hooks. Their music made me want to dance. This band brings me back to early 2000’s Indie. We sang happy birthday to Shannon, the keyboard player and back-up vocalist, which was a really cool moment. This personal note made their set even more special. Go see this band when they come to your area.
All Get Out
All Get Out started with a roar. Their first song started slow then the chorus built to an adrenaline rush. They were full of an energetic stage presence. One could hear the raw emotion in each song. Their background and lead vocals complimented each other well. Their instrumental solos left me wanting more. I could listen to an entire record of their instrumentals and be really happy. Their instrumental technicality stood out to me. They had my head moving throughout their set. Their lyrics were honest, yet upbeat and positive. Their sound is unique amongst the Indie music scene. They have a heavy edge with an Indie sound. Their set was the perfect balance of slow and fast songs. Certain songs were very ambient and earthy. In the middle of one of the songs, the lead singer sang without a microphone, which was really cool which silenced the crowd so they could hear it. Go pick up their new album “Movement” and see them on tour. It will be a good investment of your money and time.
When I realized Mae was going to be playing songs from “The Everglow” I got excited. “The Everglow” is one of my favorite albums. The last time I saw Mae was when they were on tour with Relient K and Name Taken many years ago. I saw in an interview they would have plenty of surprises for fans. Their set started off with an infectious drum beat and keyboards. They played Embers and Envelopes, which is off the album “Destination Beautiful.” This is one of the first Mae songs I heard. The crowd sang part of the song in the lead singer’s, Dave Elkin’s, microphone. They played Reflections off “Singularity.” Once they played the introduction track from “The Everglow” I knew a great album was being played live. They played every song off that album to perfection. They had an excellent stage presence. The crowd loved singing along and into Dave’s microphone. After not touring for five years, this show felt like this band had not skipped a beat since its last tour. It was an awesome show. During the song Breakdown, the chorus broke into women and men singing separately and then all together. Dave talked about their shows in Houston and how they love this town. They played an encore with old songs. Dave said he was humbled that people would pay for a ticket to sing a lot of songs from a record that came out ten years ago. They closed their set with Summertime. This song left me wanting new music and to attend more concerts from Mae. If you have a chance to see this tour, take advantage of it.