Author: Elizabeth Porch
On September 16th, Bayside’s North American Tour made a stop in Lawrence, Kansas with The Menzingers, and Sorority Noise. It’s not often to come across a concert with a full bill of bands that everyone is excited to see, but this show was different. Even upon entering the venue, it was obvious that this would be one for the books.
Sorority Noise got the ball rolling, drawing a crowd that was nothing short of rowdy and all-inclusive, and it looked like pure fun. The Connecticut based four piece had visited Lawrence back in the spring, and it was obvious that this writer definitely missed out. It seemed as if everyone on the floor knew every word of Sorority Noise’s set. It was enjoyable to watch the faces of the band when concertgoers didn’t hesitate in giving their lyrics right back to them.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the show was when they played “Dirty Ickes”, which left fans yelling, “I’ve learned to love myself more than I could ever love you!” in time with the band. Their echo was almost therapeutic. The set waswas brought to life when vocalist Cameron Boucher introduced the song “Using” while about his personal struggles with anxiety and depression. Overall, Sorority Noise is an incredible band, and to have them open a show like this was a perfect fit.
There was no time to lose energy when The Menzingers came out to party. The band starting off immediately with “The Obituaries” and plenty of dancing. The rowdy fun didn’t stop at all throughout the set, and picked up even more when “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore” began. Even though there wasn’t much banter between band and crowd, they still provided another hour of fun for the evening.
It’s been hard to find a show that brings everyone together in the way that Motion City Soundtrack did on their farewell tour, but if anything were to even come close to topping it, it would be Bayside’s tour, without a single doubt. The eclectic audience was full of people of all ages, all obviously enjoying the feel-good vibes and the fun that was to be had. The show’s atmosphere was full of building anticipation while the stage was set up for the New Yorkers, and when the lights shut off before Bayside took the stage, it felt as though the entire venue held its breath until the beginning of “Sick, Sick, Sick” got everyone moving.
No word was left unsung as they transitioned into “I’ve Been Dead All Day” off their most recent full-length release, Vacancy. There was no better way to welcome the album than with this tour. The entire set was full of feel-good beats that left everyone on their toes and waiting for more. It’s safe to say that this date of the band’s North American tour is in this writer’s top five concerts of the year. Bayside is gearing up to do a quick intimate string of shows this December. If you want to experience all the excellence Bayside brings to the stage do yourself a favor and get out to one of their upcoming shows!