Breathe Carolina South By So What?! Set Review

Back in 2007, I got the chance to see Breathe Carolina for the first time at a show in Dallas. From that first encounter, I knew these guys had something special about them. Six years later, they are better than ever and I have fallen even more in love with them (if that’s even possible)! Kyle Even and David Schmitt are not only some of the best stage performers, but they are also some of the nicest, down-to-earth guys you’ll ever have the pleasure to meet. They always treat their fans as friends and never give off any air of superiority. Breathe Carolina, hailing from Colorado, are a formidable duo, combining the best of sick electronic/synth beats with melodic rock to create an assortment of delectable “eargasms.”

These boys truly put their heart and soul into each show, and South By So What?! was no exception. David and Kyle have so much energy; it is pretty unbelievable how they’re able to keep the party mode going till the very end. From the get-go of their set, with Kyle running on stage in a full green-screen bodysuit, you can tell that these guys have just as much fun at their shows as their fans. With their non-stop party energy, they had the crowd jumping, screaming, singing, and fist-pumping along, going absolutely nuts with every song. They played a really good mix of their older material, to please long-time fans, and a mix of their newer hits to get the crowd pumped. Some of the highlights from the night were “I.D.G.A.F.,” “Hit And Run,” “Last Night (Vegas),” and “Hello Fascination.” They even played their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” from Punk Goes Pop 5, and it had the entire crowd, kids and parents alike, singing and doing their best MJ dance moves. Not to anyone’s surprise, “Blackout” was by far the biggest hit of the night. As soon as the recognizable intro started, the crowd erupted with screams of approval. It’s no wonder why this song has become so successful, because the infectiousness of this electro pop-rock party anthem is uncontainable.  In between jumping off stage, throwing balloons and confetti, hyping the crowd, and singing their hearts out, both Kyle and David take the time to continually thank their fans, both old and new, for all their support. They treated the crowd with an encore of “The Birds and The Bees,” rounding out a wholly unforgettable night.

I’m so glad that I was able to see Breathe Carolina again because they’ve grown so much as artists over the years. Their hybrid genre of music gives them a special edge, with a little something for everyone to love. The raw passion and talent that comes of these guys is mind-blowing, making their shows some of the most enjoyable that I’ve been to. If you ever have the opportunity to see them perform live, don’t miss the opportunity to do so because you will definitely be in for a treat. I can’t wait to see what’s next from Dave and Kyle, and I hope they make it back to Dallas again soon!

-Lauren L.


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