I have to start off by saying that Brand New is my favorite band and has been for a long time. Saying this concert was magical would be an understatement. This concert was the best concert I’ve ever been to in my life and I’ve been to a lot of concerts. When Brand New took the stage you could instantly tell who was here for Brand New and who was here for Modest Mouse. The entire row in front of me was sitting down for Brand New’s set. I was fine with that because I’m a little short so now I didn’t have any problems seeing the stage. Brand New Opened with “Sink” and went straight into “Gasoline”. I have an unpopular opinion that Daisy is their best album so these songs kicking off the show was a great surprise. half way through they played “Sic Transit Gloria” followed by “I Will Play My Game Beneath The Spin light” (which Jessie forgot the words to so he sang the first verse of Weezer’s “Say it Ain’t So”) followed by “Okay I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don’t”. Those three songs were as far as they went back in their discography. The biggest of highlight of the show was the final song “You Won’t Know” where the band thrashed around causing a roar of feedback and fuzz reminding me a lot like the artist Unorthodox. One by one the band members left the stage and the feedback slowing died down in a beautiful decrescendo.
A week ago I was lucky enough to see Teen Suicide and mewithoutYou. Both were touring with Say Anything. The show was at the Concord Music Hall in Chicago and damn it was a good show. First I wanna thank the bouncers of Concord Music Hall because they were the most professional bouncers I’ve ever witnessed. The first band that performed was a band I’ve never heard called Museum Mouth. They were a great opener. Very energetic and kept the crowd on our feet. Great indie band and I recommend everyone check out their music. At one point in their very short set the drummer/vocalist, Karl, played with giant drum sticks and everyone in the crowd quickly pulled out their phones to snag a picture. After Museum Mouth played Teen Suicide took the stage. They opened their set with a few songs of the new album which were much better live than on the album. “benzo” quickly got everyone moving a singing a long. My highlight of the night was Ray singing “oh my god”. the crowd was silent but a few people singing the words back to ray and it made the song special. They played a cover of the terrible rap song “Handle Bars” which made the crowd go wild. They finished with the song “the same things happening to me all the time, even in my dreams”. every note was played flawlessly and the crowd was completely silent. It was one of the most emotional things to witness at a concert. mewithoutYou took the stage next and from the start of them playing “January 1979” to them ending with “Allah Allah Allah” the venue was completely focused on them and was extremely moving in the emotional sense. You could instantly tell that they are veterans when it comes to performing. Not one second was wasted at all. They played a total of 11 songs all played perfectly. “Wolf Am I!” was a crowd pleaser and as a long time fan was something that I was greatly thankful to witness. Overall the concert was amazing and I recommend everyone try and catch this tour while it lasts.