The Canadian rock band, Art of Dying, are no strangers to the stage and life on the road. Since forming in 2004, the group has been touring relentlessly even through line up changes & record label issues. Jonny, Tavis, Cale, and Cody bring a powerful performance and stage presence that few touring bands can replicate these days.
However, the show at the Mahaffey Theater in St Petersburg, FL was a different kind of intensity from Art of Dying. This was a stripped down, acoustic show trading in large half stack speakers & drums for bar stools and acoustic guitars. Some bands have tried to pull this off and failed – but Art of Dying proved to be a band that transcends the typical plug in rock show.
Art of Dying released a new record titled “Nevermore” in 2016 with singles like “Torn Down” and “All of Nothing”. The band opened their acoustic set with “All or Nothing” to a theater full of fans. The nature of an acoustic show is intimate but Jonny quickly brought the crowd to a frenzy with engaging on stage banter & stories. He also had the crowd light up their cell phones and singalong with one of their many hits “Die Trying”.
Another impressive note about the acoustic set is the powerful vocal harmonies supplied by Tavis, Cale, & Cody. The stripped down set allowed for the vocals to flourish especially from lead guitarist Tavis Stanley. Bass player Cale Gontier was without his signature instrument for the duration of the acoustic set, but also provided stellar harmony vocals complimenting the song setlist.
Point Blank: If Art of Dying are performing anywhere close to where you live, acoustic or electric – it’s a must see concert. The new album “Nevermore” is the band’s finest piece of work to date and the live show won’t let you down.
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