It doesn’t matter what’s going on, there’s a Bayside song to fit each day of my life. I don’t remember the last time I went a full day without having a Bayside song stuck in my head at least for a little bit.
Nothing has changed since the first day I heard this band. Bayside is in my top ten favorite bands and last night just nailed that in a little bit more.
The whole lineup on the show was amazing. Sorority Noise, The Menzingers, and Bayside. How can you beat that? It was a band I had heard very little of, a band that I had recently started blasting all the time, and a tried and true favorite of mine. It was perfection.
Sorority Noise was the first band of the night and the band I knew the least about. My brother, who went to the show with me, kept telling me that he was most excited to see these guys so I knew there had to be something special about them. The second the singer came out on stage wearing a Modern Baseball shirt I knew I was going to fall in love and that’s exactly what happened.
Their music was raw with emotion. At times it was so quiet that I felt like I had to get closer to the stage just to hear the vocals. Then, as soon as I got close enough to hear, I was blown backwards with shear power as the singer started screaming the words. It gave me chills because it was obvious that this band meant every single word in every single song. I may have walked into the show last night not knowing much about Sorority Noise but they are definitely on all of my playlists now.
The second band to play was The Menzingers. I enjoy these guys a lot. A couple months ago I came across one of their songs while listening to one of those Spotify radio stations and I haven’t been able to stop listening to them since then. Their music, much like the music of Sorority Noise is performed with such conviction that it’s hard not to get goosebumps or loose yourself in the pit.
Their set was full of music that I knew every word to and new music that I hadn’t heard yet. Even if I didn’t know the song they were playing, I still felt the same connection to the band. They were full of energy and sounded just like they do on their recordings. Like Sorority Noise, their set was perfection.
Last to hit the stage last night was my personal favorite, Bayside. I have lost count as to how many times I have seen this band live but I can tell you that they never get old and if I had to chose only a handful of bands to watch live for the rest of my life, these guys would definitely make the list.
They played songs that I hadn’t heard in years and songs off of their new album that I had yet to dig into. It didn’t matter what song they were playing, I was just happy to be able to have the chance to see these guys again. I sang along to every song and pumped my fist to every beat that I felt should have a fist pump to go with it.
Sure, the drunk dudes in front of me were annoying the crap out of me with their constant physical contact. They just couldn’t contain their excitement and after they apologized to me numerous times for bumping into me, I couldn’t help but chuckle as they fumbled their way into the pit only to be pushed back towards me. Regardless of my annoyance level, nothing was going to bring me down. I was just too happy to be where I was with the people I was with (shoutout to my brother for coming to this show with me!).
Every time I see Bayside I feel at home and comfortable. I feel like I am catching up with old friends when I go to their shows. When I sing along to Anthony’s (singer) lyrics it feels more like a personal conversation with a friend than me screaming lyrics to a famous singer that will probably never know my name. I think that’s why I am so in love with this band… because it’s so much more than a band to me.
Last night was predictable and I mean that in the best possible way. I knew it was going to be a good show. I knew I was going to have a smile on my face the whole time. I knew how it was going to go.
That doesn’t leave me with much to write about but maybe that’s a good thing.
Venue: Mill City Nights
Sausage Fest Meter- 6 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 22
Crowd Surfers- 29
Broken Bones- None Noticed
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None Noticed
Overall Score- 9.8 out of 10
Show on Deck- A Silent Film