Photos + Review: Taste of Chaos at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (Wantagh, NY)

Dashboard Confessional (Boca Raton, FL), Taking Back Sunday (Long Island, NY), Motion City Soundtrack (Minneapolis, MN), Saosin (Newport Beach, CA), The Early November (New Jersey)
June 18th, 2016
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY

Saturday night I went out to Long Island for the Taste of Chaos tour. The Early November kicked the night off with one of their most popular songs, “Decoration” off their sophomore album, The Mother, the Mechanic, and the Path. They continued on to play other older songs as well as songs from their newest LP, Imbue. Whether Ace Enders is playing with The Early November or with one of his side projects, he always puts on an amazing performance.

This was my first time seeing Saosin and I was completely blown away. The band has so much energy with frontman, Anthony Green running around the entire stage and going into the crowd. Green recognized two men on the barricade from going to so many of their shows and invited them backstage, which is one of the coolest things a band can do for fans. They played a mix of old songs and new songs from their 2016 release, Along the Shadow, before closing with “Seven Years.”

Long Islanders were lucky enough to have Motion City Soundtrack play their date of the Taste of Chaos while the band is on their farewell tour. They opened with “Everything Is Alright” and everyone, even the security guards, were singing along. They played more hits from throughout their lengthy career before closing with “The Future Freaks Me Out.” It was probably the last time I will see Motion City Soundtrack, but it was a great goodbye.

Next up were Long Island natives, Taking Back Sunday. They opened with one of their biggest songs, “Cute Without the E” and the hometown crowd went crazy. They kept the momentum going by following with “Liar (It Takes One to Know One)” and a single off their newest release, Happiness Is, “Flicker, Fade.” In between songs, vocalist Adam Lazzara talked about how for many, Taste of Chaos is a night of nostalgia. He said Taking Back Sunday was there when people learned to drive, there when they went to college, etc. but more importantly Taking Back Sunday is here now and they are not going anywhere. Like many others who grew up on Long Island, I saw Taking Back Sunday for the first time when I was in eighth grade and have a ton of old memories associated with them, but they are still touring, releasing new music, and giving me the chance to make new memories. This is part of what makes them so special. They played two new songs, “Holy Water” and “Tidal Wave,” and both sounded phenomenal. The band ended their set with fan-favorite, “MakeDamnSure,” and I don’t think I have ever heard a crowd sing louder before. Even after all these years, Taking Back Sunday still puts on an incredible show and is showing no sign of slowing down any time soon.

Dashboard Confessional closed out the night. They opened with one of their biggest songs, “Vindicated,” and continued on to play a mix of full band and acoustic songs. Vocalist Chris Carrabba has an amazing voice and is so great to listen to. Dashboard hasn’t released new music in a few years, but the fans still love the old songs and were singing along to each and every one. Their experience showed in their stage presence and how polished they sounded. They closed the night with “Stolen” before coming back out and playing “Hands Down” for encore. Overall, Taste of Chaos was a night full of nostalgia and amazing sets from five bands that have perfected their craft.

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