Australian rock band Tonight Alive made a name for themselves over the last few years coming up through the pop punk/metalcore scene of Warped Tour and beyond. But with their newest album “Limitless” the group are proving they’re exactly what the album title states, without limits. The new album presents the band with a more mature, polished sound than the raw pop punk sound that they rose up on.
Supporting the new album by co-headlining the Stand For Something Tour with Set It Off, Tonight Alive brought their new sound to The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA on Sunday Night, where a sold out crowd awaited them. Opening with “To Be Free” the lead track off their new album, the group set the tone for the night right away with their energy and light show. Vocalist Jenna McDougall did a great job of interacting with her audience throughout the set and maintaining a captivating stage presence to draw in the crowd.
While playing a significant amount of older material such as “Bathwater,” “The Other Side,” and “Lonely Girl” Tonight Alive displayed a maturity level with the stage demeanor that made the songs blend in with the new material. It’s always a balancing act when a band changes their sound to not lose the impact of the material that made their name, but also move forward in their career. By keeping the sound the same on some songs and playing a couple acoustically they were able to maintain their roots, but play with the stage presence of a more mature band that lets the music speak louder than synchronized jumps or guitar spins.
The new era of Tonight Alive has produced a band that is poised to go to the next level with a sound that has aged quite a bit in the three years since their last album. The new sound and image is a very spacey, simplistic vibe similar to the direction pop punk icons Yellowcard went on their last album, or the one former Blink 182 frontman Tom DeLonge went with his new project Angels & Airwaves. For Tonight Alive it is new territory to explore but with strong live performances like the one they delivered Sunday night in Cambridge they will establish themselves as a serious contender in no time.