Taking Back Sunday visited one of their favorite haunts on Thursday night, the House of Blues in Boston, MA. The group has performed at the venue 6 times in the last 7 years alone, each time to a sold out crowd, Thursday night was no different. Kicking things off with a track off their more evolved, but still energetic album ‘Happiness Is…’ Adam Lazzara wasted no time in getting his trademark microphone swing going during “Flicker, Fade.” Soon they would begin alternating mainly between their most commercially successful album ‘Louder Now’ and their classic debut ‘Tell All Your Friends.’ Classic Taking Back Sunday material such as “Liar (It Takes One to Know One),” “Timberwolves at New Jersey,” and “Ghost Man on Third” inspired the crowd of loyal fans to move around while shouting the lyrics back to the band. The band closed a three song encore with the always popular “MakeDamnSure” a song which it appeared the entire room knew the words to.
Taking Back Sunday have come a long way from their early days as one of the most preeminent pop punk/emo bands of the 2000’s. Now they’re a well polished, well aged rock band, but have been able to maintain the energy of their teen angst days. Many of TBS’ peers from that era are today stuck reliving their old glories resulting in nostalgia inducing album anniversary tours only. TBS took their turn at that in 2013 with Tell All Your Friends, but have also been able to remain relevant, aging like a fine wine.
Opening the show were punk rockers The Menzingers who’s blend of modern pop punk and classic punk rock make the perfect appetizer for a band like Taking Back Sunday. The catchy hooks and memorable choruses mix well with the chugging guitars and bass lines to create an vibe that connects you right to their music, especially in a live setting.
Also opening were the manic hardcore outfit letlive. vocalist Jason Butler is among one of the most energetic performers in live music today, never standing still for even a second. Thursday’s opening slot gave him just enough time to jump into the crowd a few times and all over the stage even more. Letlive. packed more energy into one opening slot than some bands do into whole tours. The night as a whole was full of high energy bands and music not for the faint of heart. The tour continues through next week in the southern east coast.
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