Taking Back Sunday (TBS) and I, we go back 15 years or so. Yet, I’m still shocked when crashing any one of their shows. I swear they do not age. Every time they come through town, they play like it’s their first time here, their energy palpable. This show was no different.
I’m getting ahead of myself though (just a little excited if you can’t tell). There were two other bands that played their hearts out before we even got to TBS and my god, did they play.
All Get Out – I had not heard of this band before they kicked the night off. They have since become a favorite summer discovery and I’ve listened to them (a lot) since the show. Their performance was memorable and something to behold. They skipped introductions, jumped straight into their set, and didn’t freaking stop. It was a pure shot of adrenaline. The crowd was engaged the moment they started until the last chord rang out and the applause that followed was one of pure joy and adoration; we all loved them. Two songs from their set, “Room To Talk” and “Lucky Bastard” were a treat to see live and are now in my weekly rotation. Check them out, I dare you.
What followed had to be the shortest transition between bands I have ever experienced. One moment I’m clapping, snuck away to the bar for a drink, and next thing I know I’m in a swirling pit of bodies. Turns out Every Time I Die took the stage and the crowd made sure I knew it. It was unadulterated chaos and a beautiful, violent experience. This was not a band I would normally expect to see on tour with TBS as they have a much “harder” sound. I won’t lie, their entire set was a blur (in the best way possible). I believe they opened with “We’rewolf” and ended with “Map Change” or “Fear and Trembling.” I attempted to take notes but was having too much fun being swept away in the experience. Apologies.
Now, returning to the boys that have been trying to retrieve our day of rest. TBS did not disappoint. I want to put this out there now – I left this show utterly exhausted, but wouldn’t have it any other way. Their setlist was perfection. They opened with “Tidal Wave,” a track off their newest album, then we played time warp back to 2002 when they blasted into “You Know How I Do.” Teenage me was here, and he was freaking out. From there, they cycled through almost each of their seven albums, playing the songs I grew up with, and still hold close to my heart. The fatigue started to set in. I’m getting old and apparently can’t dance and scream along to songs at shows any more. You can bet I would do it all over again though.
They had somehow played over an hour straight and I felt my heart getting heavy…the show was ending. Not before Adam (Lazzara) had the last word though. “Now we could do the whole ‘this is our last song’ routine, but I want to get that out of the way now. I’ll say this is it, then you boo. Ready?” He kept his promise, said that was it, we booed, and then cheered as they crashed into their “encore.” We all partied along to four more songs, including “Cute Without the ‘E’” and “MakeDamnSure,” and that was it. The night was over and I was spent.
I had the time of my life.