Saliva with special guests The Everyday Losers and Devilstrip jazz up the House of Blue with the ‘Only the Sickest Survive’ Tour!!

A stage illuminated in red was the perfect setting for Akron’s own Devilstrip to open for Saliva’s “only the Sickest Survive’ tour. The hard rocking trio isn’t afraid to crank up the volume and this night was no different as they hit us hard with a killer baseline all the while mixing their sheer power with the melodic sounds that make them a unique group.  They are a hard working bunch, with each member wearing many hats.  Jimmy Gray (drums) and Graig Lindgren on (bass), combine to form the rhythm section as well as contributing backup vocals. Marc Wasmund doubles as the lead vocalist and handles the guitar work. Devilstrip signed with Broken Road Records earlier this year, and their first project ‘Testify’ is scheduled to drop in late August.

Devilstrip and The Everyday Losers performing prior to Saliva taking the stage at Cleveland's House of Blues! All photos taken by Mandy Edmonson/The Rust Belt Chronicles.

The Everyday Losers were anything but!  The winning combination of Dylan and Tyler Seidel rocking out the vocals and along with precise guitar playing lead this tremendously talented quartet out of Indiana.  Danny Norton thumps the bass while Damian Baker enthusiastically pounds the skins. With their hard hitting riffs and a power-laden sound, they definitely show flashes of their influences Nirvana, Bush and Seether.  The Everyday Losers weave the grunge era with a modern day twist to unload a uniqueness all their own.  This band is ‘sick’ to its core. They proved to this reviewer why they were chosen to join the tour.

Only the Sickest Survive, is more of a statement as much as it is a tour title.  When you have Wayne Swinney’s extraordinary riffs and natural talent, there is no need for second guitarist on stage.  Paul Crosby continues to man the seat behind the kit with rhythm mate, Brad Stewart controlling the bass. Meanwhile Bobby Amaru vocals were crisp and boisterous while be delivered with a soulfulness that sets him aside from most.  With only three stops in Ohio, The House of Blues in Cleveland was fortunate to host this nationally acclaimed recording artist and their touring mates. 

The eleven song set included classics as well as new material, opening with ‘Superstar’ off of the 2001 album, “Every 6 Seconds”.  ‘Trust’, a new composition written and composed by Amaru led into a longtime favorite, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’. 

House of Blues fans were treated to a little treat when the band performed ‘After Me’ which is rarely performed live. Saliva’s ballad, ‘Rest in Pieces’, showcased the tremendous talent of Stewart and Swinney.

Saliva performing at Cleveland's House of Blues. All photos taken by Mandy Edmonson.

Amaru’s uncanny vocal depth was on display with the rendition of ‘Doperide’ which was intertwined with Phil Collins’ ‘In the Air Tonight’ and Pink Floyd’s classic ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ during the bridge. 

‘T.N.T’, a tune made famous by AC/DC sent the mosh-raging crowd into a frenzy in the pit. They led directly to the original classic ‘Click, Click, Boom’, which enhanced the crowd’s participation. 

The show closed with fan favorites ‘Your Disease’, ‘Survival of the Sickest’, ‘Always’ and a snippet of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’.

Saliva’s love of their craft emanates throughout the entire set. The foursome has a way of pulling an audience in and maintaining that hold during the whole set. By what I witnessed at the HOB, I have no doubt that Saliva could go on for another twenty-one.

This article was written by staff member, Mandy Edmonson…

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Larry Ritter About Larry Ritter

Hello my name is Larry Ritter, or “Big L” to most of my friends. I’m a production supervisor for a major manufacturer of auto parts here in northwest Ohio. I received an Associate’s degree from Owen’s Community College where I graduated cum laude honors. I have a true passion for music, sports, photography and riding motorcycles. My love for these things are surpassed by just one thing, family, which includes two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.

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