Thursday night I went to one of the best tours of the summer: Bayside, The Menzingers, and Sorority Noise. I’ve gone from seeing Sorority Noise at house shows to now seeing them open at a venue as massive as the Electric Factory and they just keep getting better and better. The band played a mix of songs from Forgettable and their 2015 release, Joy, Departed. Sorority Noise’s vocalist Cam Boucher, is open with his struggles with mental illness, which is part of the reason why their songs resonate with so many people going through the same thing. At the end of their set, Boucher admittedly said he was having a panic attack the entire time, but he did not let it stop him from putting on an amazing performance.
Next up were The Menzingers playing their hometown show. They opened with “The Obituaries” and then kept the energy up by playing a slew of fan favorites. They also played a few new ones including their recently released single, “Lookers.” If “Lookers” is any indication of how the rest of the album will sound, I cannot wait to hear it. They closed the set with “In Remission” and as they repeated the last line of the song, “If everyone needs a crutch, then I need a wheelchair / I need a reason to reason with you,” the crowd sang along louder each time. The Menzingers sound absolutely flawless live and if you’ve never seen them before, this tour is the perfect time to change that!
Closing out the night was Bayside. This tour is in support of their brand new album that was released last week, Vacancy. They played a good amount of songs off Vacancy and they all sounded great. Also, even though the crowd was hearing some of these songs for the first time, they were just as into them. Of course, Bayside played a ton of older songs too like “Sick, Sick, Sick” and “Duality.” It was a perfect set for both fans new and old. Bayside is a band that has been around for a while and it shows when they play live. They closed their set with “Landing Feet First” before coming out for encore and playing “Pretty Vacant” and probably their biggest hit, “Devotion and Desire.” It was a fantastic set and a fantastic night!