To kick off their 2016 tour with Ice Nine Kills, Make Them Suffer, Light Up The Sky, Gallifrey Falls, AND Brand New Eyes, Like Moths to Flames performed the second to last show at the now (sadly) closed New Albany Production House. With four opening bands (Make Them Suffer was unfortunately unable to make it) we stood eagerly awaiting a concert that seemed to be too good to be true!
As always, the four-piece delivered a show bursting with energy. They kicked off their set with “Bury Your Pain,” one of two songs off their standalone 7” vinyl EP entitled The Dream is Dead. They kept the crowd pleased with songs from their newest album, The Dying Things We Live For, as well as some classic tunes, including “The Worst in Me,” “I Solemnly Swear,” and EVERYONE’S favorite, “You Won’t Be Missed.”
For a farewell to a local favorite, the supporting acts couldn’t have been more perfect. The full-on concrete room with a small stage and a slightly larger backstage is packed wall-to-wall with fans. The employees are happy to see their little venue full for the last time, and are more than willing to give everyone full access to everything except the bands’ equipment. The pit gets crazy, the room gets hot, and it’s a nice respite from the cold rain that is somehow perfectly juxtaposed with the energy inside the building.
Frontman Chris Roetter takes this opportunity to display what a frontman should be. He is constantly handing off the mic, grabbing the hands of people in the crowd, talking with the audience between songs, and even finding time to take notice of someone’s lost watch that this journalist rescued from the pit! I can’t say it enough: Like Moths to Flames puts on an amazing, energetic, reckless metal show that’ll have me buying another ticket next time they come to town. But that’s not all! Not only is the show well worth the price of the ticket in entertainment alone, but in true “hardcore” fashion, most of the band stood behind their small merch table, signing, selfie(ing), and conversing with fans throughout the night. After performing a crowd pleasing encore, Chris himself sat on the edge of the stage shaking hands, chatting, and posing side by side until his fans’ hearts were content.
In all, the show was an epic success, and although the New Albany Production House now lives on soley in the hearts of the fans who spent many night sweating and screaming in the quaint building, this will forever be a night to remember for the people who were able to experience it.