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Nationally signed, local bands perform at The Hideaway

Published: Sunday, October 27, 2013

Updated: Sunday, October 27, 2013 23:10

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Kirstie Rouse

Nationally signed touring bands, Gideon and Close Your Eyes, on the second date of their fall tour, performed at The Hideaway Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.

The tour was put together by Facedown Records and is comprised of Close Your Eyes and Gideon, and also includes Sworn In and Altars.

Arm The Witness, formerly known as Standing At The Summit, an unsigned Virginia-based band, opened the show with as much force and energy as the signed headliners of the evening. Altars played after, keeping up the fast pace of the evening.

Sworn In took the stage after Altars and upped the ante.

Their set started with vocalist Tyler Dennen on the floor of the stage growling out the words to their opening number.

The entire band had the audience’s attention. The concert-goers were moshing, dancing, and singing the words along with Dennen.

Dennen’s stage presence was something he had studied.

“I can’t speak for the rest of the band, but I watched Slipknot and Korn and My Chemical Romance,” Dennen said. “They were my favorite bands.”

Close Your Eyes played after Sworn In, and like the bands before them, kept the momentum going.

Vocalist Sam Ryder was all over the stage and made frequent contact with the fans who were singing every word. Ryder even stepped off of the stage and went onto the floor with fans for a portion of their set.

The show closed with Gideon, the band everyone had been waiting for.

Every person in the room made their way in front of the stage to see the Alabama-based band hammer out their set.

There wasn’t a single empty space on the floor of the venue.

Overall, the show was a big hit with local area concert-goers.

“I’m pretty happy to see bigger, national touring bands come through the area,” Bristol, Va., resident Nic Adkins said.

“Usually it’s just country or bluegrass type bands that come through, so it’s nice to see some heavier bands.”

The band members were pretty content with the show as well.

“I like Johnson City. We recorded our album in Nashville, so Johnson City reminds me of a smaller, more cleaned up version of Nashville,” Dennen said.

“I’ve never been here before, but I’ve heard a lot about it,” Ryder said.

“Tennessee is my favorite state.”

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