San Francisco indie rock outfit Finish Ticket gained a lot of new fans after spending last summer on tour with Twenty One Pilots. Now, the group find themselves beginning 2016 on the Ones to Watch Tour delivering headlining sets in cities across North America. On Saturday night the tour rolled into Boston, MA, where they would play to a near capacity crowd.
First up, the band Cemetery Sun – added to the tour just days before the show and with very little touring experience under their belt – the band took to the stage for an opening set that displayed a lot of potential for the upstart west coast indie group.
Up next were Fueled By Ramen artist Vinyl Theatre, another band who has a bright future ahead of them. Earlier this year Vinyl Theatre announced the departure of their bassist Josh Pothier, for this reason the group decided to continue as a three piece for the current tour. Playing mostly from their 2014 debut album “Electrogram” Vinyl Theatre drew great reactions from the crowd on dance worthy songs like “Shine On” and “Breaking Up My Bones” both of which have made waves on the indie scene in the recent year. In addition, the band gave fans a look at things to come with the song “My Fault” which is scheduled to be released on their next album sometime in the near future. Ultimately Vinyl Theatre’s seamless blend of synths, guitars, drums, and vocals mix together for a very modern sound that draws influence from the new wave movement of the 80’s as well.
Following Vinyl Theatre’s high energy set, it was time for Finish Ticket to take over the stage at Brighton Music Hall, the band took the stage to a chorus of loud cheers and a sea of raised cell phones. The set took off immediately with “Wrong,” a cut from their “When Night Becomes Day” EP. By the end of their set the group would end up playing all five songs from that release, including the ultra-catchy “Color” which is the type of song that will be stuck in your head for weeks even upon your first listen. Most of the remainder of the set was made up of material from Finish Ticket’s major label debut album “Tears You Apart.” Songs such as “Tranquillize,” “Pockets,” and the encore performance “Doctor” had the room dancing and singing along with the vibrant live spectacle. Finish Ticket did take time to pay tribute to a major influence by playing a cover of “When You Were Young” by The Killers which they nailed with precision on both sound and energy.
Frontman Brendan Hoye moved about the room with a presence that’s just begging to be on much larger stages. Also of note, lead guitarist Alex DiDonato was also a force throughout the entirety of the set, showing off skill balancing precise playing and maintaining a significantly noticeable presence on the stage. Hoye and DiDonato’s onstage chemistry combined captivated as the duo have the potential to be one of the next great singer/guitarist pairings. In conclusion, Finish Ticket are a group with a sound and style tailor made for much larger rooms than the one they played in on Saturday Night, and with the way they’re playing on this tour, they should find themselves headlining those venues in no time.