08/30 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
08/31 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
09/02 Seattle, WA The Showbox
09/03 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
09/04 San Francisco Regency
09/06 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
09/07 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theater
09/08 San Diego, CA The Observatory North Park
09/09 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
09/10 Phoenix, AZ The Pressroom
09/11 Albuquerque, NM The Sunshine Theater
09/13 San Antonio, TX Alamo City Music Hall
09/14 Houston, TX House of Blues
09/15 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
09/16 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
09/17 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room
09/18 Nashville, TN Exit/In
Sorority Noise has released an EP and a few singles in the past couple of months but their newest full length Joy Departed came out in June of last year on Topshelf Records. All of their music is currently available on Bandcamp for download.
This band is not new to the scene as their first album A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology (they didn't play any songs off of this album) came out back in 2007 but they didn't seem to get the recognition they deserved until On the Impossible Past came out in 2012. Since then, these guys have been thrilling audiences with their great live shows which are full of energy and talent.
Tom May and Greg Barnett take turns at doing vocals for the band. It is easy to tell which singer is singing at any given time due to the drastic difference in their sounds but when they sing together it is truly a magical thing to hear.
The Menzingers played two new songs, "Lookers" and "Thick as Thieves" which will be on their upcoming release After the Party which is due out yet this year. The rest of the set was a good mix of songs from On The Impossible Past and Rented World (which came out in 2014). The set also included "I Was Born" from Chamberlain Waits.
Vacancy is Bayside's seventh full length since the band's conception in 2000. Their first album, Sirens and Condolences, was released in 2004 and since then, they have been consistently putting new music out there for their cult-like following.
Bayside played through their entire lifetime of music including at least one song from each of their releases including "Masterpiece" from Sirens and Condolences. The crowd really seemed to respond more to the older songs but were not quick to dismiss the songs played from Vacancy. Bayside performed the sole cover of the night, "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers. The cover was beautifully executed and sounded very close to the original only with a little Raneri charm.
The crowd pushed and shoved as Bayside play through their 21-song set. Nobody in the crowd seemed disappointed, including myself. The energy in the room was intense and the emotions coming off of the stage were true. Bayside has been a staple in the pop-punk scene for years and with this new release and a new found emotion with Raneri, Bayside proved that they aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
The tour is about half way done so if you have a chance, I highly suggest checking out one of the upcoming dates if it's coming to your area. The music is great and the atmosphere awesome. All in all, this tour is a great tour for the pop-punk kids out there that refuse to grow up!
Bayside at Mill City Nights, Minneapolis (28 August 2016)