Rock music is made up of many, many subgenres—a ridiculous amount of subgenres. Some are on opposite ends of the spectrum and some have very subtle yet distinct differences. Tuesday night at Emo’s showed a great example of the fantastic creative differences under the broad “rock” genre.
The night opened with performances from O’Brother and Balance and Composure. Both bands played similar styles of slow, drawn out rock; O’Brother’s sound leaned more toward post-rock, while Balance and Composure had more elements of post-hardcore. Neither band stirred much attention from the crowd or left much of an impression.
The show finally picked up when Touché Amoré took the stage. The band is the epitome of post-hardcore today. Lead singer Jeremy Bolm has a beautifully gritty yell that sounds like he eats nails and screws for breakfast and gargles with cement. This voice accompanied by lyrics with real heart and short, fast, pounding songs create quite possibly the best post-hardcore show.
Bolm has a very strong connection with all his songs, which is easy to see from his intense performance. The whole show, he was either all over the stage or practically in the crowd, which only made everyone sing along louder and fight to get closer to the stage to yell into Bolm’s out stretched mike.
Circa Survive ended the night with a near hour and 45 minute set. The band has quite a reputation for having an amazing live show, so I was looking forward to a pretty good performance. Unfortunately, Circa just didn’t meet any expectations. Now, that’s not to say they were bad; the band plays their style of progressive rock very well. There were just very few things special about the band’s whole set.
The best part of the show was during “In Fear and Faith,” when the band threw into the crowd about a dozen huge balloons filled with confetti. As the giant balloons bounced around the crowd, occasionally one would pop and send a shower of confetti onto everyone below. With lead singer Anthony Green belting the song’s chorus and the room being drenched in blue lights, it was quite a dream like experience.
Of course the die-hard Circa Survive fans were in the very front singing every word along with Green, but unfortunately the rest of the show just melted into the background. Not bad, but nothing to get excited about.