Concert Review: Pierce The Veil & Sleeping With Sirens
at the Hammerstein Ball Room

Feb. 25, 2015

On February 17th, I was able to go see Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Both bands and their two opening acts, which were Pvris and Mallory Knox, sounded outstanding and put on a very entertaining show. Luckily the venue wasn't too big, so I was very close to the front and had a great view of the stage. Pierce the Veil were the first to go on, and they preformed multiple songs from their album "Collide With The Sky", including "Hell Above", "A Match Into Water", and my personal favorite, the acoustic version of "I'm Low On Gas and You Need a Jacket". The band always encouraged the audience to sing along and get into the music. The lead singer, Vic Fuentes, really connected with the crowd and even interacted with fans. In their song "Bulletproof Love", the band brought a girl from the audience on stage and sang to her.  Although I wasn't able to catch anything, the band threw guitar picks and drum sticks into the audience which was super cool. Although me and my sister did get thrown around a lot, the crowd was extremely energetic and played a huge part in the overall concert experience, especially the crowd surfers.
Sleeping With Sirens was equally as amazing to watch. Their set list started off with songs that really got the crowd moving, such as "Kick Me" and  "Congratulations" (my personal favorite), and then the band went into some acoustic songs, like "Roger Rabbit" and their brilliant cover of The Goo Goo Dolls's song "Iris". The band even talked about their new album coming out next month, which is titled "Madness". The whole band was full of energy and constantly moved around the stage, so I was able to see each band member. The bands song "Congratulations" was probably my favorite because it's what really got the crowed pumped up and the meaning behind the song talks about the rise of the success of the band. The band ended with the song "If You Can't Hang" which was the overall audience's favorite.
Both Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil also showed how much they love and appreciate their fans, and both said how New York was their favorite city to preform in. Also, the opener band Mallory Knox told the audience how this was their first time performing in New York, so it was cool to be part of their first experience here.  When I saw both bands in November at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, it was very different than the show last night. In November, I had actual seats raised off the ground, and last night I was on the floor in general admission. Although the actual performance was practically the same, the whole experience of being on the floor and close to the bands made the show seem 100x better. If I were to see the show again, I would definitely want general admission again over seats. Even though it was my second time seeing the show, I wouldn't even hesitate to buy tickets to see it again.

- photos by Samantha Yannetti