Gush 2012 is an upcoming one day rock concert featuring headling artists, The Cab, Mayday Parade and Hellogoodbye. Ready to burst onto the scene on Aug 25th at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Centre, Gush 2012 also has other locations in its sights such as Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
You can keep up to date with the concert and the goings on over at: http://www.gush2012.com/. By selecting which location you are in, and clicking ‘concert’, it will take you to a page with all the relevant information about the concert in that particular area such as the current line-up and purchasing tickets.
This Las Vegas based four piece are a whirlwind of upbeat melodies, catchy refrains, polished vocals, and good drum beats to get the crowds bouncing. The band – completed by Alex DeLeon on vocals, Alex Marshall on guitar and piano, Joey Thunder on Bass and Dave Briggs on Drums – released their second album Symphony Soldier last year and appear to have not stopped since, playing a load of shows, and now we can add Gush 2012 to that list. The guys have a good mix of bouncy, upbeat tracks and are not afraid to slow it down either, and there’s one thing you can be sure of; every song is polished, tight, heartfelt and honest. These guys mean it. The music stays in your head long after you’ve heard it and leaves you with a huge smile on your face.
*If you were wondering, my review of Symphony Soldier is here: http://wp.me/p15PS8-gN
Mayday Parade are a pop/rock 5 piece hailing from Tallahassee, Florida. Arguably the most currently internationally recognised band on the bill, Mayday Parade have been going strong since 2006 when their debut EP sold over 20,000 copies without any label support. They have since released three studio albums, the newest of which is their self titled offering released in October last year through Independent Label Group. Mayday’s sound is, as said, very much a pop punk one, not dissimilar to bands such as All Time Low; I saw them supporting You Me At Six with Kids In Glass Houses at Brixton Academy earlier this year and they didn’t seem at all out of place. With explosive catchy chorus’s and a vibe that will undoubtedly get crowds jumping along, they are everything you’d expect from a pop/punk band.
Lead singer Derek Saunders also previously revealed in an interview that the band would start writing their new album in Dec/Jan 2012, so amongst the old favourites you can scream along to, you may even be treated to some new tracks – tempting?
Hellogoodbye have come a long way since their debut album, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! blew up in 2006 with single ‘Here In Your Arms’ peaking at #4 on the UK singles chart. They may have been flying under the mainstream radar a bit since then, releasing a handful of EPs and playing shows everywhere from “the Philipines to living rooms”, but they are back with their second studio album, ‘Would It Kill You.’
With a sound that has a lot more of a raw indie ring to it as opposed to the dancey synth based songs of their previous mainstream material, Hellogoodbye’s sound is more reminiscent of bands like The Strokes. They have evidently grown into a new style and changed since we last saw them, but they’re obviously doing something right as one of the headlining acts of Gush. So could the new Hellogoodbye be right up your street? Check them out and decide for yourselves.
So Gush 2012 certainly looks promising, and in line to live up to its surging namesake, materializing out of nowhere and pushing its way into the scene with the participation of some great rock bands; there is no question that this event isn’t short on (in the nicest sense possible) noise. And with each band having their little stylistic differences, but all being rock bands, hopefully some new fans will be made along the way.
So if you have got a ticket to Gush 2012 at Fort Mason Centre in San Francisco I hope that the show is a good one, and as I’m from the UK I’d love to hear how the show went and if you enjoyed it, so feel free to leave a comment! 🙂