Front Row in a Sold Out Show!
There are so many things to say about the Circa Survive show that I caught live on Sunday, I don't even know where to start. Literally.
I guess to start, I found myself not just in a crowd of people cheering for Circa Survive on their 10 year anniversary tour of the album "On Letting Go," but front row in a crowd that included other rock stars, rocking out!
As we all know by now, I'm a huge fan of Fit For A King- who most recently stopped by Upstate Concert Hall on tour with Every Time I Die. So it was unbelievably awesome to find out that I was rocking in a crowd that included band members from both Fit For A King AND Sleeping With Sirens. It was very cool to see these guys post about the show on their social media, commemorating Circa Survive as a significant influence.
Before the show even started, I made a pit stop at one of my favorite costume stores, 'Gothic Renaissance' which is located almost right across the block from Webster Hall. It sells everything from corsets to heels to streetwear, and is full of fun spiky things to dress up in. Why wouldn't a Rock girl stop there??
As I approached the venue, I saw a line beginning to round the corner, full of my type of people- lots of leather jackets, colored hair, and dark makeup. Instantly, I felt at home. Then right after that feeling of home, I felt my heart beat race as I looked up to the marquis, listing the show as 'Sold Out.' This was it, I was here at a rock show!!! Nothing will ever compare to the feeling I get right before I jump into a world of live music.
The show opened with Turnover, a rock band from Virginia Beach that was a little bit more alt-rock for my taste but a great live performance nonetheless. Then came mewithoutYou. This is an "experimental rock" band that's been around for fifteen-plus years. They've garnered a huge following of their own, and even collaborated with a personal favorite of mine, Hayley Williams of Paramore. I honestly didn't know what to make of the whole experience. MewithoutYou was definitely an unbelievably amazing live show. At times while singer Aaron Weiss was carrying the audience with his emotional and gritty vocals, he was also lying on the stage, or whipping a mic stand around over his head, or coiling mic wires on the stage while moving around in a perfectly haphazardous manner. It begged the thought: "This guy is either the most on point front man ever, or completely out of this world." And I loved every minute of it. Rock and Roll is supposed to keep you on your toes wanting more, envoke emotions, and be unapologetically unpredictable- and that's exactly what mewithoutYou did.
Circa Survive headlined the show, with roars from the crowd and an expolosion of confetti to start it off. Of course being the 10 year anniversary tour of "On Letting Go," they played the album in its entirety. 10 years ago, I was an awkward budding rock girl, working in music production but dating a jerk who hated my rock music and wanted me to wear Polo shirts all the time. So for me, Circa Survive is among a slew of bands who really helped me find my way in life and become the Rock Girl that I am. To see this show was such a surreal experience, and I loved every single minute of it. To watch Anthony Green hit his vocals on point, while exuding old school stage moves, but taking breaks to wave side stage to his family was not just surreal. It was a reminder of how much life changes in a decade, and how far rock music has taken me. Surrounded by crowd surfers, screamers, and fans galore, I was in heaven.
I cant wait for the next live show to come! Check out some photos from the show below: