I had been waiting for this show for a long time.
I got to see the band The Word Alive for the first time during the summer of 2018, and fell in love with the band. They have a perfect blend of heaviness and melody that comes across even better in a live setting. They made me a fan as soon I saw them play a fantastic cover of “Crawling” by Linkin Park. I’ve been itching to see them live again ever since.
A year and a half later I finally got the chance to see them again and it was as good as I had built up in my head, if not better. This time the band played at The Fine Line, a smallerish venue downtown, that almost never has a barricade up. When that’s the case, it’s very rare for me make my way up the front because I’ve learned I kinda hate being stuck in enclosed spaces, like a crowd of people, and I just don’t want to get in people way by squeezing through a bunch of them. This night was different; I was for some reason feeling quite a bit braver than normal and was able to make it up front to where there was only two people’s worth distance in front of me. I got rewarded because being so close and in the middle of everything made the experience so much more enjoyable. Even if I did get kicked in the head a few times by crowdsurfers, it was worth it. So much energy surrounding me, it was hard to not bounce around and just enjoy the show for what it was and not focus on taking photos.
Our Last Night was the other band that I was there to see, and what a show they put on. Their set was one of the more visually pleasing I’ve seen this year. Sonically, the band honestly left a little bit to be desired, as they did sound slightly pitchy, but, I’ve always said that bands don’t have to play and sound perfect to be incredibly enjoyable, and Our Last Night is one of those bands. No show has to be perfect, nor is it going to be perfect, so seeing the band as they were up on stage, I can’t give them anything else than massive props. There were plenty of catchy choruses and heavy as hell breakdowns to give me goosebumps on more than a few occasions.
For someone who only knew of the band because of their fantastic pop song covers, like “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, and “Toxic” by Britney Spears, I was definitely impressed when hearing their original songs for the first time. I walked out of the venue thinking that I slept on the band, so if anybody else is out their like me, go listen to their stuff.