By ALEXANDRA STAVROULLAKIS
The excitement was contagious.
Even though the small venue forced many fans to stand arm touching arm, the Mansion House Bar in downtown St. Catharines was buzzing with excitement on March 9.
Laughing, in groups, while enjoying their drinks of choice, fans awaited the arrival of the main act.
Hollerado, an Ottawa-based rock band, had attracted the large crowd, with tickets selling out only days before. Openers, Thought Beneath Film and Xprime, put on a spirited show. Thought Beneath Film covered a song by Weezer in addition to their own original material while Xprime performed original songs and covered a Beatles classic.
Michelle Gow, 20, of St. Catharines, almost missed the concert.
“I got a text saying Hollerado was playing in town, and I rushed from my house.”
Gow says she has seen Hollerado a few times but was still extremely excited to watch their set.
“Every time they play I have to see them,” says Gow, adding that her favourite song by the band is Fake Drugs.
Fans packed the room to the stage, the band was escorted in through an on-stage door to avoid the crowds.
An explosion of cheers of “Hollerado” erupted, as the four band members, each wearing white T-shirts designed with unique pockets featuring Batman, a boat, cars and planets, picked up their instruments to begin the show.
Nicole Fraser, 29, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, says she was happy she came. “I love that they are a really party-type band.”
They opened with Americanarama, to boisterous crowds, that were dancing and singing along to the music, playing many of their singles early and ending with crowd requests.
Recently the band released its second LP, White Paint on Feb. 26.
Their live set could be described as very creative, streamers being shot twice into the audience and various members of the band running into the crowd. Drummer Jake Boyd, even played a drum solo with his bare hands.
Playing a three-song encore, including a cover of Blink 182, Hollerado left fans cheering for more music.
“I saw them play as an opener once. They blew away the main act,” says Gow.
“We often ask the crowd what they want to hear next,” says Menno Versteeg, guitarist and lead vocalist for Hollerado.
“You get older, you get more perspective, your music evolves,” says Versteeg.
Starting later that night the band embarked on a North American tour, opening for Sum 41. Versteeg says they will be starting in Vancouver making their way back to the east coast before ending in Montreal.
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