The openers for the night were a small town North Dakota band by the name of The New Arizona, whose modern pop punk music quickly won over the audience. They had their own small posse of ‘die-hards’ in the front row who sang along to nearly every song and screamed any time frontman Josiah Billock flashed his charming smile their way.
Aside from their obvious brownie points with the ladies, this crew of four had a good thing going for them sound wise. With influences like The 1975 and Brand New they have a sort of 'coffee house' alternative vibe. Their melodies are calming but they keep the tempo upbeat enough to keep you from nodding off. There were times the harmonies fell a little flat, but when they were on, they were spot on. Add on some experience and a bit of refining, these guys may find their way to the next Top 40.
Every song was welcomed with loud cheers and voices singing every word back. Casey filled in any transitions with key playing while Sam made commentary and held the connection with the eager listeners, making the night about the fans. The short set, roughly an hour long, was closed with the encore being an older X Ambassador piece, ‘Inconsolable’ and though it seemed to be the least recognizable with most of those in attendance, by the second chorus everyone was singing along.
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