Smile Empty Soul, Flaw, and Code Red Riot will bring heavy post-grunge and nu-metal sounds to Pete’s Entertainment Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The show is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m.
The trio of bands contributes to the range of rock `n` roll and other music styles that have graced the venue`s stage throughout the past several decades.
While a three-band rock show will prove to be exciting, it is worth figuring out what each band brings to the concert.
Smile Empty Soul
For most rock fans of a certain age, who also listened to the radio regularly, the end of grunge was signaled by the arrival of bands like Trait and Smile Empty Soul and a few others. The sound was emotive, but usually not in a sentimental way. SES’ signature song, “Bottom of a Bottle,” ( not “I Did It for the Drugs” as some people think) sounds and feels like a rush of adrenaline coursing through an angry young person`s veins.
The Santa Clarita, California band formed in 1998. Originally called Heckler’s Veto, the three high schoolers eventually changed their name, and began playing on the Sunset Strip. By May 2003, Smile Empty Soul released their self-titled debut album. The release quickly earned the group fans and by March 2005, the album achieved certified gold status after selling more than 500,000 copies.
By 2006, Smile Empty Soul had become a four-piece band by adding a guitarist.
Flaw is a nu-metal band from Louisville, Kentucky. Like Smile Empty Soul, Flaw also formed in the late 1990s. A series of line-up changes plagued the group, but from 2015-2017, the result yielded a band formed by three core members. That streamlined band wrote music and toured. In 2016, the band released their fourth album, “Divided We Fall.” Despite the band’s frequently changing lineup, singer Chris Volz seems to be the only consistent member. As of now, Flaw appears to be a five-piece band.
Code Red Riot
Hard-rocking Las Vegas quartet, Code Red Riot, will round out the night’s performers. Brash, in-your-face nu-metal sounds are the band’s trademark. Online, fans laud Code Red Riot’s ability to update the sound of late 1990s and early 2000s.
The band’s latest single, “Living Low,” was released in late June of this year. The video for the song is also growing in popularity. There is no mistaking the heavy guitar sound, and lyrics that sometimes sound more rapped than sung that give the song its energy.
Tickets for the show start at $17.50.