Photos + Review: Gin War, Microwave, & Man Overboard at The TLA (Philadelphia, PA)

Gin War (Long Beach Island, NJ), Microwave (Atlanta, GA), and Man Overboard (New Jersey)
April 17th, 2016
Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA

Sunday night I went to the TLA for Man Overboard’s last show (for now) and it was a perfect goodbye. The first band I saw was Gin War. They’re just starting out, but you’d never be able to tell. They sounded so polished like they’ve been a band forever. Gin War was so fun to watch and I would definitely recommend checking them out if you haven’t already because they have a big future.

Microwave played after and absolutely killed it. They played songs from their 2014 release, Stovall, including “Work It Out,” “Something Right,” and “Grass Stains.” Their vocalist, Nathan Hardy has an incredible range as he goes from soft, clean vocals to screaming seamlessly. They have such a unique sound that will immediately draw any new listener in. Microwave has been one of my favorite bands for the past few months and seeing them live again reminded me why.

Finally, Man Overboard came out to an excited hometown crowd. They opened with “Montrose” and ripped through fan favorites from throughout their discography. The band talked about how amazing their Philly shows are, and it was easy to see why. There was a constant flow of crowd surfers flying over the barricade while other fans danced, moshed, and sang every word from the pit. The energy never died down as both vocalists fed off each other line after line. After playing almost twenty songs, they closed with the most fitting song for this occasion, “Love Your Friends, Die Laughing.” The crowd chanted “one more song” and the band came back out to leave everything on stage and close with “Rare.” It felt like the end of an era, but it was a perfect ending. Man Overboard will be missed.

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