Clint Lowery, Morgan Rose, Rek Mohr and Alan Price are not strangers to the stage – Lowery and Rose specifically played right here in Fort Wayne on the Piere’s stage two weeks ago to the day with Sevendust. But all four, with just one day of formal rehearsals, came together as Call Me No One. And with only a couple hiccups, looked like the seasoned pros they already are.
Mohr, known from his work with Hurt, grabbed the bass while Price, who is a touring guitarist with Shinedown among other work, helped pace Lowery, who grabbed his accustomed guitar but stood in front of the microphone on lead vocals for the eight-song set. Normally all business on the right side of the Sevendust stage, Lowery was front and center as he ripped into “The World Is Dead” and began to settle in for “Hillbilly”.
As “Hillbilly” wrapped up, even Rose had to grin as the songs began to take on a life and the crowd began to become more receptive.
“To be honest, we have only played those songs three times before we went on stage,” Rose said after the show. “It was rough. We had just one day to get ready, so I hope they came out alright.”
Call Me No One released the ‘Last Parade’ album on June 5, which is buoyed by the first single “Biggest Fan”, which has received heavy air play and got a huge reaction from the crowd Friday night.
As Lowery worked through the set, brother Corey of the opening band, Eye Empire, and headliner Nonpoint drummer Robb Rivera looked on in approval from the side stage. Eye Empire opened the night with a very energetic six-song sampler. Made up of four members with their own history of stage work, Eye Empire began the evening with the intense “Ignite” and finished with its current single, “I Pray” which caught the attention of the gathering crowd.
Eye Empire are comprised of bassist Corey Lowery, who many know him from his work with Stereomud as well as Dark New Day (which Clint was on guitars); guitarist BC Kochmit (Switched); drummer Ryan Bennett (Texas Hippie Coalition); and Donald Carpenter (Submersed) on vocals. Their double disc album ‘Impact’ was also released in June.
The headliners – Nonpoint – weren’t without its own offering of new material for the now worked up masses in the pit. Mid-set, lead singer Elias Soriano took a moment to introduce a couple new faces to the Nonpoint lineup in guitarists Rasheed Thomas, Dave Lizzio and Adam Woloszyn. But for those who have followed the band for over a decade of brutally endless touring, there was nothing new to the sound. Just the good ol’ in your face methods the legion has loved.
While mixing in samples of what will come on the new self-titled album set to drop in September, it was all about the old school Nonpoint that really had the crowd in a frenzy. Ripping through “What A Day”, “The Truth”, “Endure”, “Broken Bones”, and finishing the hour-long set – which Soriano informed the crowd was the first on the current tour – “Bullet With A Name” left the diehards out of gas.
The bands now forge ahead – with Band Camp in Madison, WI, on schedule for today – where Rose eluded an expected 20,000 fans will get to take their opinion of the now four times CMNO have played the songs together. Local fans will have a chance to see what Rose said should be a more polished product when the tour comes back to Indiana and plays Club Landing in South Bend on Aug. 2.
“It can only get better,” Rose said. “Tonight was really a test run. But it was a lot of fun. I’m excited to see how the rest of the shows go.”