Last Thursday in Worcester, MA, the Palladium’s upstairs room played host to a monster three band tour package. The tour features UK horror punk band Creeper, Houston, TX pop punk outfit Waterparks, and rising post-hardcore stars Too Close to Touch.
Things got started nice and early with a 6pm door time and Creeper taking to the stage at 6:30. Creeper played a 30 minute set made up mostly of songs from their 3 previously released EPs. Creeper are also gearing up for the release of their debut album “Eternity, In Your Arms” which will be out March 24th in the US via RoadRunner Records. Creeper played three tracks from the forthcoming album “Misery, “Hiding with Boys,” and “Suzanne.”
With the bands alternating going on last on this tour, on this night it was Too Close to Touch who would go on next, before even going on stage Too Close To Touch, set the atmosphere with their stage production, filling the room with fog and flashing their bright stage lights. By the time they took to the stage, Too Close to Touch was ready to whip Worcester up into a frenzy and that’s exactly what they did.
Opening the set with “Sympathy,” one of their most popular songs, the band wasted no time in taking the energy level in the room up a notch. The band played primarily songs from the sophomore album “Haven’t Been Myself” including “Hell to Pay” and “The Art of Eye Contact” on all of which the crowd was wreaking absolute havoc on the floor. Late in their set, Too Close to Touch teased their fans saying they were about to play something old and promptly playing through about 30 seconds of their song “Someday.” Then they delivered on their promise, playing “Perfect World” in full, another song from their back catalog. Their entire set was through the roof energy complete with circle pits, crowd surfers, and stage divers, standard practice for post-hardcore shows in Worcester.
The crowd energy shifted dramatically when pop punk boys Waterparks took the stage, as the crowd turned from aggressive moshers to screaming teenagers with their phones in the air recording every moment. Waterparks have built up a significant fan base in the last couple years, and their core fans are as loyal as any. Waterparks played from their album “Double Dare” including “Made in America” and “Gloom Boys.” Despite playing a small room, fans managed to light the room up with their phones on the acoustic song “21 Questions.” Fans eagerly sang along to every song displaying their passion for the young band.
Passion seemed to be the theme of the night, as all 3 bands brought out passionate fan bases eager to catch a glimpse of them on the small stage. After seeing all 3 bands play in the small room, and how comfortable they all looked on stage, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that all three of these bands will be on the big stages in no time.
Photos - Too Close to Touch, Waterparks, Creeper - 03/02/17: