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PHOTOS: Atreyu at Cargo


By John Tuckness

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atreyu (1 of 29)Heavy metal rockers Atreyu headlined a four band rock show at the Cargo Concert Hall located inside the Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno. Also on the bill were Islander (Greenville SC), Sworn In (Grayslake, IL) and local favorites We Predict A Riot (Carson City NV).

Although it rained all day right up to show time, attendance was still very good with nearly seven hundred ready to rock fans willing to stand in the rain before the doors even opened.

Starting the night off was We Predict A Riot. WPAR are a five member (plus one auditioning guitarist) metalcore band from Carson City NV. Current members include, C.J. Klein (clean vocals) Richard Romero (screaming vocals), Danny Harrington (guitar), Darby Wadley (bass), Eric Albright (drums) and auditioning guitarist Philip Wilcox (Limbs Of The Arbitrator).

WPAR got thirty minutes to open the show and their setlist went like this, (from the set list on stage)

We Predict A Riot
We Predict A Riot

“Rise Above”, “Life After Late Fees”, “Beauty In The Beast”, “Fictions”, “A World Unknown” and “The Frontline”.

The band used every minute to set the stage for the touring bands, but most of their fan base was there, so the place was really rocking. These guys are very good live and have a great shot at being nominated for the Forte’ Awards set for November at the GSR.

Hitting the stage next was Sworn In. These guys are an American metalcore band from Grayslake, Illinois. They formed in 2011 and the current members include, Tyler Dennen (lead vocals), Eugene Kamlyuk (guitar, backing vocals), Derek Bolman (bass) and Chris George (drums).

Sorry, no set list as of post time for these guys. The band got around a forty minute set. I can say that they are very good and have an amazing stage presence. Lead vocalist Dennen commanded the stage, interacting with the audience after every song. This is a must see band for sure.

Main support for the show was an awesome band called Islander. These guys are an American nu metal band from Greenville, South Carolina. The members of Islander have been playing together since 2006, they broke up for a few years, but got back together under the name Islander in 2011. Current members consist of, Mikey Carvajal (lead vocals), J.R. Bareis (guitar, backing vocals), Ezekiel Vasquez (bass, backing vocals) and Arin Ilejay (drums).


Islander’s set lasted around fifty minutes and went like this, (also from the setlist on stage)

“Into/Cold Speak”, “Counteract”, “Lucky Rabbit”, “Side Affect Of Youth”, “The Sadness Of Graves”, “New Wave”, “Criminals” and “Coconut Dracula”.

I’ve seen these guys many times before including a show at Aftershock a couple of years ago. They are a very impressive band that know how to rock the stage, lead vocalist Carvajal is known for jumping into the audience and crowd surfing during their set as he did at this show. (see photo in the gallery) The fans love these guys, even the ones that have never seen the band before. They make new fans at every show, you don’t want to miss these guys if they ever come your way.

Now for the headliner, Atreyu. touring on the 10th year of A Death Grip On Yesterday. I’d have to say that most in attendance came to see these guys. They did rock the house and put on a very good show, the crowd loved every minute of their set. No one left early that’s for sure.

As I said, Atreyu put on a fantastic show, but here’s my question, when playing a “LIVE” show, why would a band’s lighting guy want to let his band play in the dark when they have such an awesome lighting system at their fingertips and the best lighting guy around in Justin Bell (cargo’s lighting tech) who designed the lighting set up in the first place.

Some say, “it’s artsy” — what’s artsy about playing in the dark? I’m sorry, agree or disagree that’s fine, but I just don’t get it. That’s just my opinion. The first three bands were lit up to perfection, I don’t know, maybe it’s just the photographer in me.

Atreyu is an American metalcore band from Orange County, California. They formed in 1998. The band is Alex Varkatzas (lead vocals), Dan Jacobs (lead guitar),Travis Miguel (rhythm guitar), Marc McKnight (bass) and Brandon Saller (drums/backing vocals).

The band got a solid ninety minutes and the set went like this, (again from the set list on stage):

“Creature”, “Shameful”, “Our Sick Story (thus far)”, “The Theft”, “We Stand Up”, “Ex’s and Oh’s”, “My Fork In The Road (your knife in my back)”, “Untitled Finale”, “Long Live”, “Right Side Of The Bed”, “Becoming The Bull”, “Obi Juan Bon Yobi”, “Do You Know Who You Are”, “Blow” and “Lip Gloss And Black”.

Other than playing in the dark most of the show, Atreyu gave the fans just what they came for, an awesome rock show.

All in all this was a another feather in the cap for Cargo, the shows just keep getting better and better with every one.

A great time was had by all.

Always remember to support you local bands and venues, go to a show.

John Tuckness
John Tuckness
John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, "that's what I want to do." After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.