Photos + Review: Say Anything at Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ)

Modern Baseball (Brunswick, MD // Frederick, MD) and Say Anything (Los Angeles, CA)
July 9th, 2015
Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ

Last night I got to Starland Ballroom just in time to see Modern Baseball take the stage. They opened with “Re-do” and a few more fan-favorites off of their debut album, Sports before going into newer hits off of You’re Gonna Miss it All. Even though they weren’t headlining, their fans still came out in full force and were there singing along to every song.  Modern Baseball always looks like they’re having the most fun they could possibly have on stage and their energy translates to the crowd.  Towards the end of their set, they also played a new song and if it’s any indication of how good the rest of their upcoming album will be, then Modern Baseball has a really exciting future coming.

Say Anything came on and absolutely killed it.  They opened with “John McClane” before speeding it up with songs from their extensive catalog.  With frontman Max Bemis’ playful dancing and interaction with the crowd, the band’s personality comes through with every song and makes it impossible not to immediately fall in love with them, if you weren’t already.  This tour was a special one with the inclusion of a string quartet along with the rest of the band.  When I first heard about this, I didn’t know what to expect or how it would end up sounding but it sounded incredible.  It was one of the most unique aspects to a live show I’ve ever seen and a genius idea to include it.  The band ripped through songs from … Is a Real Boy to songs from their 2014 release, Hebrews before ending with “Ahhh… Men.”  Fans sang, danced, moshed, crowd surfed, and had a great time.  Say Anything is one of the most loved and inspirational bands of my generation and after seeing them live, it’s really easy to see why.

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