Traditionally punk rock shows have been characterized by being loose, fast, and full of raw energy. On Sunday night in Boston, California punk outfit Joyce Manor proved that the traditional punk show is alive and well. In a 40 minute set, the band rattled off 20 songs, 19 of their own and a Weezer cover.
Opening the set was “Heart Tattoo” of their 2014 album “Never Hungover Again” an under two minute barn burner and perfect song to set the tone for the high energy set. The crowd wasted no time in getting into the show, opening up mosh pits right away and even sending several crowd surfers over the barrier. Most of the show would play out the same way, with the energetic crowding adding to the ideal punk rock atmosphere.
Though their songs are short, fast, and loud, Joyce Manor also draw their influence from the bands of the 90’s emo movement such as Weezer. Joyce Manor took time to pay tribute to that influence by playing the Weezer rarity “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly” a B-Side from the legendary Pinkerton album. The back half of the set was particularly intense with tracks such as “Leather Jacket,” “Constant Headache,” and “Catalina Fight Song” that gave the crowd a chance to get the past week of frustrations out one more time.
The set felt like it was over as soon as it began, as the band made little time for small talk, instead letting the music do the talking for them. It was a true punk rock show by nature, with the crowd moving all night and singing along to every song. The energy, speed, and community feel of the show was enough to provide a true punk rock experience for all in attendance.