Author: Elizabeth Porch
The Amity Affliction have embarked on a world tour to celebrate the release of their most recent album This Could Be Heartbreak. Joining them on the North American leg are Deadships, Trophy Eyes, Hundredth, and Being As An Ocean. In short, there’s nothing that could have made this show lineup than it already was. The bands stop in Lawrence on September 11th was packed to capacity, even after more tickets to be released before the doors were opened.
Deadships weren’t a part of this Midwestern date, but Trophy Eyes definitely didn’t disappoint. They started off strong, opening with “In Return” and “White Curtains”, and watching them play provided for a smooth transition into the music that followed for the rest of the night. Their set mostly contained older favorites, but they also made sure to include a couple of new hits from their album Breathe You In.
Hundredth followed, and things started to get a little wilder as the crowd began to wake up. Hundredth really lives up to the hype that surrounds them on social media, and then some. The songs began be get a little more fun to be in the crowd for as their set progressed, and “Break Free” and “Remain & Sustain” were some of the most exciting.
It was interesting to see Being As An Ocean play next, because their set was a bit of a break from the night’s heavier pacing. Being As An Ocean was definitely competing with The Amity Affliction for the best set of the show, and in the end, it had to come up in a tie. The band’s crowd interaction was the greatest that this writer has ever experienced. Vocalist Joel Quartuccio entering the crowd multiple times throughout their set, and as if that weren’t enough, the end of their performance was topped off with Joel crowd surfing multiple times, along with climbing to the top of a set of speakers. It was engaging and entertaining to see. Without doubt, Being As An Ocean knows what they’re doing, and it’s obvious in every moment that they spend owning the stage.
The Amity Affliction ended the night, and by the time they came out, everyone was highly anxious for what was to come. The band started off immediately with “I Bring The Weather With Me”, the first single off of their latest album This Could Be Heartbreak. There wasn’t a pair of feet left standing still as the crowd rushed forward, as the band continued on with “Open Letter”. The Amity Affliction’s set was the perfect mix of new and old fan favorites, but it would have been nice to hear a few more of the new songs, especially so close to the release of This Could Be Heartbreak. As always, the group put on a show that was effortlessly energetic and provided for nothing but fun as a way to welcome the new album. The band’s live performance is a great way to experience This Could Be Heartbreak so be sure to catch them next time The Amity Affliction hits your town.