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Review & Photos: From Ashes To New, The Word Alive, Dragged Under, Dropout Kings


DECEMBER 11, 2022
By Neil Shumate, OOTB Publications
From Ashes To New delivered a solid headlining performance with the band’s rap-rock sound that traveled through the historic Columbus’ High Street venue. 
Rapping sections by a focused Matt Brandyberry flowed smoothly as well as his rhythm guitar parts—he took on the second string role off and on between his vocal parts throughout the set. Vocalist Danny Case, having diverse genre shifting vocal tones, devoured with steady intense screams alongside spot on soft melodic tones, the softer style was especially heard during a light-hearted acoustic performance of “Let Go.” 
A lengthy set satisfied fans and the wide stage design, which included lit letters ‘FATN,’ complimented the show. The Pennsylvania group opened with tour title single “Until We Break” (which features Memphis May Fire’s Matty Mullins) and focused on their latest release Panic but didn’t ignore other songs including their hits “Crazy,” “Through It All,” and “Heartache.” 
The Word Alive gave an emotionally charged performance with a set of songs primarily from their latest release, Monomania. Fans sung along with energetic vocalist Telle Smith during a performance of latest single “Nocturnal Future” and the crowd waved their cell phone lights in the air during “Searching For Glory.” Smith, a Dayton native, mentioned his mom was in the audience. The Word Alive will support Pop Evil for The Skeletons Tour in Spring 2023.
Seattle post-hardcore, five-piece Dragged Under rocked the venue with a heavy set that vibed liked The Used and Thrice. Vocalist Anthony Cappocchi swung his mic cord around like Cedric Bixler-Zavala. The crowd enjoyed the newer band's hard performance of songs from Upright Animals and The World Is In Your Way. 
Opening the show was not-to-miss Dropout Kings, featuring a bass heavy live band backed with hip-hop beats and active back and forth rapping between Black Cat Bill and Adam Ramey. Ramey jumped off stage numerous times and joined fans to perform in the crowd and all along the venue’s edges. The Arizona group performed tracks from AudioDope and GlitchGang as well as newer singles “Hey Uh” and “Riot Music.” The venue ‘bump, bump, bumped, like the sound of fifteens hittin’ in a trunk.’