Eyes Set To Kill & Scare Don’t Fear = A Surprise at the State

By on October 15, 2014
Alexia Rodriguez - EYES SET TO KILL (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Alexia Rodriguez – EYES SET TO KILL (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

 

 

Scare Don’t Fear and Eyes Set to Kill have been making their way across the country on the Little Liar Tour and on Saturday night, they made their way to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Initially, I wasn’t sure about covering these two bands because I hadn’t heard much from them other than a song or two on SiriusXM. But my skepticism proved to be unfounded because both Scare Don’t Fear and Eyes Set to Kill delivered quality performances and proved to be very good at what they do.

 

Scare Don’t Fear, a rap/hip-hop metal act from Providence, Rhode Island, recently released their first full length release, From The Ground Up. Mixing in both dirty and clean vocals from Frankie Screamz (vocalist) and hip-hop and rap vocals from Chris Jungles (vocalist), Scare Don’t Fear put on a performance that showed that they were worthy of their place on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour.

 

Frankie Screamz - SCARE DON'T FEAR (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Frankie Screamz – SCARE DON’T FEAR (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Even though a lot of fans didn’t turn out for the show, each of Scare Don’t Fear’s six members played like they were performing in front of thousands of fans at Wembley Stadium.  Mixing in various beats with heavy guitars, bass lines and drums, Scare Don’t Fear started their set off and got the crowd bouncing and moshing with their song  “Rebuild,” then the tracks “Problems,” and ”R.I.O.T.” Watching these initial songs and the way the band interacted with one another as well as the crowd, it was evident that these talented musicians have been together for years mastering their craft.

 

As Scare Don’t Fear’s set continued with “Vanish” and “Heavy Collision,” security had to step up their game, because the action in the small pit of about 8-10 people got heated up. I understand why, because when you listen to Scare Don’t Fear in a live setting, you can’t help but move.  The multi-layered vocals and their accompanied instruments provided a sound that most bands won’t touch or try to play due to the stigmas behind rap music. But Scare Don’t Fear doesn’t only not shy away from this sound, they embrace it.

 

Anissa -  EYES SET TO KILL (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Anissa – EYES SET TO KILL (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Scare Don’t Fear closed out their seven song set with “City of Skeletons.” To the fan’s disappointment, they didn’t play an encore, but they did have a meet and greet after the show. It’s great to see how many bands, both large and small, are doing meet and greets these days at the smaller venues and some music festivals. While some of the bigger acts are charging for this opportunity, newer bands like HellYeah and Nothing More are doing it for free because they are building their fan base, and I believe, despite their rock star status, they love the personal interaction with their fans.  I’m not sure if others who are “strict” in their taste for music will ever embrace a band like Scare Don’t Fear, but that is probably more of an indictment against the fans themselves. But, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for this talented band.

Eyes Set to Kill took the stage around 10:30 and played an 8-song set. This seemed to be much shorter set than what I expected from a headlining act with 7 prior album releases.  But there was a reason for the shortened show: their drummer, Caleb Clifton, was sick with the flu.

 

ALEXIA RODRIGUEZ (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

ALEXIA RODRIGUEZ (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Eyes Set to Kill’s set included 7 songs from their 2013 Century Media release in Masks and the encore was the title track from their 2008 release, Broken Frames. Starting off with “Where I Want To,” I noticed something, or someone, right away. It was the vocalist and lead guitarist, Alexia Rodriguez. It wasn’t an attraction to her looks (although Alexia and her bassist sister, Anissa, are part of Revolver Magazine’s Hottest Women in Rock) but to the ferocity of Alexia’s guitar playing and the emotion in which she projected her vocals. Alexia plays with a passion and a flair that reminds me of Lzzy Hale from Halestorm. Alexia is the definition of a front person: engaging with the fans but knows when to crank the music back up.

 

With a flamboyant playing style from their rhythm section and a solid traveling guitarist in Manny Contreras, Eyes Set to Kill continued their set with “Killing In Your Name” and “Lost & Forgotten.”  Many of the fans knew every word to their songs and were happy to hear that Eyes Set to Kill would also be available for a meet and greet after the show.

 

Caleb - EYES SET TO KILL (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Caleb – EYES SET TO KILL (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Moving through their set with “Little Liar,” Secrets Between,” and “Infected,” Alexia Rodriguez showed off her guitar skills with a flare like Zack Wylde. Yes, she was that impressive.  Eyes Set to Kill finished off their set with “Broken Promises” and went directly to the merchandise booth and stayed there until the very last fan got their autographs and pictures.

 

The Little Liar tour with Scare Don’t Fear and Eyes Set To Kill may not be crushing it at the box office in Florida but they provided a pleasant surprise for the fans in attendance at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Saturday night.  The show offered two different styles of music, played by two very different bands, but played very well and with conviction.  Sure there are questions that remain for both bands especially in these genres, but if Scare Don’t Fear and Eyes Set To Kill continue to tour and land some spots at big music festivals, they will continue to surprise and gain new fans like they did with me at this show.

 

Alexia Rodriguez (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Alexia Rodriguez (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

SCARE DON'T FEAR (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

SCARE DON’T FEAR (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Caleb (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

Caleb (photo Travis Failey / RSEN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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