By Erik Rojas
It was a warm October evening in Boston, as I made my through Chinatown to the Royale Nightclub to catch the Bayside and Saves the Day tour. Standing in line was tough, due to the cloud of cigarette smoke that wafted around my friends and I. Once doors were opened, we eagerly entered the chandelier lit lobby, climbing towards the main ballroom.
It wasn’t a night for sleazy dancing however. There was no DJ, and the house music playing was a medley of old emo and alt rock. The stage was a cluster of amps centered around a drum set, and the giddy onlookers were ridden with tattoos and gauges. It was a rock show, and it was shaping up to be a good one. Tagging along with Bayside and Saves the Day on this fine tour were Massachusetts pop-punk turned emo-indie fellows Transit, and ex-Movielife frontman Vinnie Caruana’s project I Am the Avalanche.
Transit was first, shuffling onto the dark stage to the sound of friendly heckling from their hometown friends. Front man Joe Boynton reached down and clicked on a lamp that was sitting on a nightstand. The prop matched their Kinsella-esque aesthetic perfectly. “Long Lost Friends” kicked off their set, and they played mainly songs from their new album. After about five tracks off of Listen & Forgive, Boynton and the guys decided to throw it back to 2010 and play their more energetic tunes off of Keep This to Yourself. The crowd reacted joyfully, crowd surfing and singing every line. It was great to see how Transit had evolved and spread their fan base, but could still keep it old school.
I Am the Avalanche took the stage next, and Caruana got down to both new and old jams. He was happy to announce that the band finally had a new record coming out. Die hard fans were jumping on each other and screaming every line hyping up the energy and making the show that much more intense.
Saves the Day was the next highlight of the night. Conley and his cohorts took the stage to a roar, immediately hopping into all of their hits. They played an array of goodies, ranging from old tracks off of Through Being Cool to songs of their most recent record, Daybreak. Having never seen Saves the Day live before, it was odd to hear how high Conley’s voice has grown since the band’s first record. Nevertheless, Saves the Day put on an amazing show.
Bayside strolled on last, starting off slow, until exploding into a long set of their epic tri-state bred ballads. As the drums came in on the first song, a massive banner emblazoned with the band’s name unfurled, creating quite a roar. The crowd seemed to dwindle, as if most of the people had come only to see Saves the Day. Despite this factor, Bayside had a great, flawless set. Be sure to catch this tour, it’s one of the best out this season.