Lately it kind of seems like Emo’s is starting a flashback series. They’ve been booking several tours recently where at least one of the bands on the bill gives you that nostalgic feeling of being an angsty teenager and blaring your music as loud as you can until the neighbors complain. Of course some of these shows are less than desirable, but some shows, like the Taking Back Sunday and Bayside show last Friday, are the best reminders of how your taste didn’t completely suck as a kid… at least your taste in music.
The show opened on a chill note with Gabriel the Marine. The Long Island-based band plays a unique style of rock music, incorporating hints of jazz and furious fiddle riffs into their chill, flowy sound. It was a great set to bob your head to, tap your foot and prepare yourself for the excitement ahead.
And by excitement, I mean Bayside. I’m going to be honest here: I’ve never been a Bayside fan. It wasn’t that I didn’t think their music was good; I just never got very into them. But after seeing them live, I can’t help but think how dumb I’ve been.
The band is incredibly tight musically and can perform every song just like it sounds on the album, which is quite a feat seeing as every member is bursting with energy and constantly running all over the stage. The crowd radiated this energy back to the band, singing along to every song including favorites like “Sick, Sick, Sick” and “Masterpiece.” Besides being full of catchy songs, Bayside’s set really encompassed music’s goal of entertainment and just having a fun time.
Taking Back Sunday closed out the night with a show that plopped me right back in my angsty 13-year-old days and daydreaming of lead singer Adam Lazzara. Though the band has changed line ups more times than Jonny Craig’s been to rehab (ooooh, scene pop culture reference), the band is back to the classic Tell All Your Friends lineup, and they’re still playing all the songs like nothin’s happened.
From the minute Taking Back Sunday took the stage, a deafening roar came over the crowd that didn’t die down until they played their last note. Lazzara’s vocals were almost completely drowned out on songs like “A Decade Under the Influence,” “MakeDamnSure” and “Error: Operator” by the entire crowd singing along in unison.
But fans do have something to cheer about: As Lazzara reminded everyone, 2012 is the 10-year anniversary of the release of the band’s debut album, Tell All Your Friends. So if you couldn’t make it to the show, pull up the album and let it take you back to the good ‘ol early days of pop-punk.