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LIVE REVIEW: Pitch Black Forever Tour Ft. Hawthorne Heights, Armor For Sleep and Spitalfield

  • March 20, 2023
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LIVE REVIEW: Pitch Black Forever Tour Ft. Hawthorne Heights, Armor For Sleep and Spitalfield

Hawthorne heights, armor for sleep, spitalfield, indie rock, goth rock, emo, pitch black forever tour, live review, audiofuzz

The year is 2005. You’ve just finished applying the 946th coat of black polish on your fingernails while incessantly refreshing your MySpace home page. In the other room, your parents are arguing over the the blaring noise coming from your bedroom and you’re writing your best friend on AOL Instant Messenger saying that they just don’t understand you.

While the year is, in fact, actually 2023, this is exactly what it felt like walking into Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD last night. The eyeliner was thick, the jeans were way too tight, and the air was filled with the reminiscence of teenage angst. In my opinion, the perfect setting for the Pitch Black Forever Tour [Part 2] featuring Hawthorne Heights, Armor For Sleep, and Spitalfield.

The best part about this tour was that the crowd was mostly comprised of what we now consider ‘elder emos’ – individuals who grew up going to shows where smart phones were all but a figment of our imagination. With that being said, the recordings of the bands was at an all-time minimum and you could really feel the energy and passion in the room. No one was concerned with how many likes they were getting on Instagram or who was viewing their livestream on Tik Tok.

Without giving too many spoiler alerts, all of the hits were played. All of the songs that we listened to when we were 14 years old that gave us hope when getting through another day of living was just too much to handle. “We aren’t playing a lot of new songs on this tour. We’re playing what you all want to hear, the songs that – at one point in time – made you feel a little less alone” JT Woodruff, Hawthorne Heights’ frontman, stated in the midst of their set.

If you get an opportunity to attend a show on this tour, I highly recommend it.

-David John Croft

Photos By: David John Croft

@DavidJohnCroft on Instagram

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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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  • Oh man I really want to see this tour, gonna check for tickets

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