Good Things Feature: Tonight Alive by Ellie Bozzi
Tonight Alive. Where do i start? After positively influencing many lives, a typical Tonight Alive show will leave you feeling empowered and energised. Celebrating the five year mark of their iconic album ‘The Other Side’ last week, Tonight Alive are ready to hit the good things stage. Forming in Sydney, Australia in 2008, the band were signed to Sony Music three years later.
Jenna McDougall – Vocals
Matty Best – Drums
Cam Adler – Guitar
Jake Hardy – Bass
Australians have always been appreciated by the band as their platform and original source for support, having experienced regular Tonight alive tours and even exclusive acoustic shows and signings. A recent survey has been distributed to collect fans’ opinions on their favourite live songs for their upcoming acoustic tour. You can vote here.
The journey for their debut album ‘What Are You So Scared Of’ in 2011 was a huge one, navigated by Sony Music. Their most iconic album ‘The Other Side’ was received greatly by audiences and is a personal favourite among fans.
Not long after the release of their third studio album ‘Limitless’ In 2016, Tonight Alive jumped over to the Japanese market, playing punkspring festival presenting themselves to a completely different audience, playing PunkSpring festival. From perfectly neat circle pits for the upbeat songs, to complete silence and full attention from the audience during slower songs, the crowd was completely different to Australia’s crazy crowd surfing culture. Frontwoman Jenna McDougall produced a semi-Japanese version of Tonight Alive’s song Drive from the album ‘Limitless’ for the occasion, and her pure love for the culture is reflected in the performance.
As a whole, the band stand for positivity, selflessness and respect, clearly shown in their song We Are, with lyrics “I want more for the world that we live in”, forcing listeners to reflect on their own actions and encouraging them to do their own good in this world.
Fourth record ‘Underworld’, was released through Australian label UNFD in 2018, following the departure of guitarist Whakaio Taahi. The album encases a raw representation of the band’s experiences throughout a small three month period. Jenna has spoken about opening up more than ever before about hear demons and managing her mental health, with comments including “I’m just a projection of what I think I am and what other people think I am.”
Successful tours include those alongside artists including A Day To Remember and You Me At Six across Australia. Known to own the stage with vivacious energy and a spiritual, communal presence, Tonight Alive’s live performance won’t ever fail to blow you away. Gracing the stages of two previous UNIFY Gatherings, Soundwave 2015 (RIP) and Vans Warped Tour 2013 (also RIP), a Tonight Alive show is one you don’t want to miss.
Their last Australian tour was very ‘Underworld’ themed, filled with sunflowers and butterflies. Playing a combination of classics such as The Other Side and What Are You So Scared Of alongside acoustic tracks from their original EP including 5 Years. Tonight Alive added in some new songs from their latest masterpiece ‘Underworld’, including the song Just For Now with a very impressive vocal range. Towards the end of the tour, McDougall was very under the weather, but still did her absolute best to put on a great lively performance and avoid letting down the crowds.
If live music give you a buzz, a Tonight Alive show is always a highly empowering experience. Please get onto this huge festival lineup and grab yourself a ticket to Good Things to see the lovely Tonight Alive and a whole lot more.