Since kicking off at New Mexico State University on April 2, the tour has been making the rounds and will stop at the University of Nevada, Reno to rock the campus before winding down with a trip through California and ending in Arizona on April 10.
Rock band The Used might be the best-known band on the bill, but the lineup includes college music heavy hitters Straylight Run, Army Of Me, Lights Resolve and Street Drum Corps.
New to the scene, the three-man band Lights Resolve offer a funky, glam rock sound with distorted audio and vocals that fall somewhere between being screamed and sung. Somewhat reminiscent of The Bravery mixed with Thrice, Lights Resolve’s MySpace page acknowledges that their sound might overlap.
Under influences, the band tries to commit itself to any indie rock roots they might have: “Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief. All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief.”
Moving away from foreign and back to familiarity, Straylight Run will return to Reno for the second time in two months. The band played in February on the “Storming Stages and Stereos” tour with Bayside.
Still best known for the song “Existentialism On Prom Night,” which was able to make its way to college radio play, Straylight Run will counteract Lights Resolve’s rock sound with a more earthy/indie/emo sound that will calm down any rowdy tendencies audience members right have. Well, depending on when they play.
Not to mention that Michelle DaRosa, who plays guitar, keyboard/piano and sings for the band, is the only hot female on the tour — limiting the eye candy more for the emo-punk-loving females in the audience.
Army Of Me will be a crowd favorite. The band’s popular radio single, “Going Through Changes,” is punk friendly, emo friendly and-rock friendly. The newcomers aim for a sound similar to R.E.M., Oasis or The Verve according to the band’s Web site, www.armyofme.com.
While each band will bring a different crowd, the night of rock all builds up to The Used.
This will not be the first time The Used has played in Reno but it gives slackers who missed previous shows the chance to see the edgy, angry, lyrically emotional purge of a band.
Running the gamut of the rock genre, The Used has songs that are slow, fast, angry and sad, just to mention a few of the styles on CDs such as the band’s debut, 2002’s “The Used,” and the latest, 2007’s “Lies for the Liars.”
Tickets for the show are general admission and cost $17.50 in advance and $25 the day of the show. To purchase tickets, visit www.tickets.com, the Lawlor Events Center box office or any Raley’s Supermarkets. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 6:30 p.m.