Cause and effect: Amber Pacific plays the Take Action Tour for suicide prevention.
Sunday, March 26
Marquee Theatre in Tempe
While many of us have likely uttered at some point, "If I hear one more goddamned whiny emo song I'm gonna kill myself," suicide really is no laughing matter, especially when it comes to our nation's kids -- it remains the third leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 24. More than 90 percent of those cases are a direct result of undiagnosed or untreated depression, meaning that with the right encouragement and direction, most of those suicides are entirely preventable. Which is why the Take Action Tour is out on the road for the sixth straight year on behalf of the National Hopeline Network (1-800-SUICIDE), raising hell and raising awareness. As always, the lineup is geared toward disaffected youth: Headliners Matchbook Romance have a melancholy new emo-rock epic, Voices, just out on Epitaph; Canadian quintet Silverstein does the Victory Records scream-und-drang thing better than most; I Am Ghost rocks gothically and possesses a moniker that seems wholly inappropriate for this tour; Seattle's Amber Pacific sounds like Matchbook Romance did a couple years ago (i.e., competent, if boilerplate, emo-pop); and The Early November, which will debut material from its upcoming triple (!) album, often plays emo as bleak as its name suggests.