On Halloween eve The Maine, Dreamers, and Night Riots took over the college town of Lawrence, Kansas. The Modern Nostalgia tour proved to be one of the best tours to cross through the Midwest in 2017. The Maine used this tour as an opportunity to play their last two albums, American Candy and Lovely Little Lonely in full creating an awesome and one of a kind experience.
Night Riots took the stage with captivating energy and started the evening with their song “Break”. While confidently strutting across the stage the band basked in attention (especially with their cover of “Free Falling” two songs into their set.)
Night Riots has been gaining air time on local radio stations around the Kansas City area with their song “Contagious”, and to see them in person jaw-dropping. This song closed out their set with floor toms and glow sticks. It was a shame that their seven-song set couldn’t have been a couple longer.
DREAMERS took to the stage next, bringing an energy that really pumped the crowd up. The rockers mostly played songs from their 2016 release “This Album Does Not Exist”, a 12 track album full of songs that make you just want to get up and dance, and that’s exactly what their set accomplished. “Cry Out For Me” and “DRUGS” seemed to have the loudest crowd echoes. The group’s spontaneous cover of “Zombie” by The Cranberries was the absolute best surprise of the evening.
The best was saved for last as The Maine finished the evening’s trifecta. All tour long the Arizona rockers would be playing their two most recent albums in full, back to back as a celebration of band’s two latest eras of music.
Since the 2015 release of their album American Candy, The Maine has been making waves in the alternative scene. The band’s seventh album, Lovely Little Lonely, was released in April of this year and has caused to those waves to swell even higher.
As the band jumped into Lovely Little Lonely they brought a tornado of never-ending energy to the stage. It was the first time to hear many of the LLL songs live, but it was also well worth the wait. These songs seemed to breathe a second wind into the crowd for the rest of the Monday evening.
For longtime fans, hearing American Candy live again was a chance to think back to the band’s time on Warped Tour 2016, where the group spent the summer partying on the Journey’s Right Foot Stage. Hearing both albums back to back was an experience unlike any other.
The highlights of The Maine’s performance, for this writer, was getting to hear Lovely Little Lonely’s interludes in person. This was a great chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy the moment with a band that takes pride in their ability to connect with and brings people together. Overall, The Maine seem to have cracked the code for amazing shows. Repeated success is everywhere from the tour’s openers right down the evening’s last encore. Luckily the Modern Nostalgia Tour was no exception.
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