The band to start off the night was A Will Away. They started the night off strong with a lead singer with amazing stage presence and versatility in his voice. The slower songs packed a punch and the vocals were very controlled. The guitar parts were all very different from one another and it was very pleasing to listen to. The crowd seemed very interested in their music and it put everyone in a great mood for the rest of the night. There was a very old school emo quality to their music, some parts of songs even reminiscent of Motion City Soundtrack at times.
Boston Manor is nothing short of a classic pop punk band. Hard guitar, smooth vocals, and a pumping drum line assisted in hyping up the crowd more than they already were. The crowd began moshing very early on into their set, and a circle pit was opened once or twice. The transitions between songs consisted of sharp guitar notes that faded into one another. The crowd was energetic and very receptive throughout the entire set. Another interesting part about their sound was the bass and drum line being in sync with one another, it helped mold the songs together.
Trophy Eyes was a crowd favorite for sure. As soon as their set started, there were crowd surfers and the audience was completely engaged. You could feel the love pulsating through the room as patrons lifted each other up right after another; the community that the pop-punk genre has built is one that is unsurpassable. Trophy Eyes has harder and lighter songs, but you wouldn’t be able to tell because the transition between them is so smooth that it happens before you get the opportunity to blink. The vocalist is very talented, mixing gritty and clean vocals to reflect the emotion of the music. There were different vibes within one song, and that worked really well for them.
The one way that Moose Blood could be described is alternative rock with emo vibes and very old school rock and roll vibes. The vocals are very clean and the audience is engaged and receptive at all times. They played a lot of their older songs and the crowd was excited about it. The sheer strength of the crowd singing along was amazing, it sounded as if the crowd was the lead singer himself. The band itself is very aligned and in tune with one another. It is sometimes hard to get the music to sound like one cohesive unit, but Moose Blood does this flawlessly and effortlessly. The guitar lines fade from one song to another, and this works to make sure that the crowd doesn’t fall out of the moment. There are quiet parts within song, but the crowd fills that space to make sure that the ball of energy never drops.
There is something cathartic about knowing the words to songs, and then screaming along to the song and having everyone around you do the same. The lead singer knew this, and would stop singing and would just allow the crowd to sing, and it would make for very beautiful moments throughout the night. The voices seemed to bounce off of the walls and vibrate the place. You could feel the love and warmth in the room, and it is something that you keep in your pocket for a rainy day; it is why we keep coming back to these same places, to experience this again and again.