I just so happened to be in town from Nashville on the night that Say Anything was playing The Masquerade in Atlanta and I knew I had to ask to cover it. The Masquerade has been a legendary venue since it’s opening in 1990, containing three floors with stages, appropriately named Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. Unfortunately the land beneath the venue has been sold, but the venue assured concert-goers that the venue would not be leaving Atlanta. That being said, this was my first time at the venue and I am very glad I was able to go before it moves.
Unfortunately, due to a mix up I was not able to catch openers Teen Suicide or Museum Mouth but did get to see all of mewithoutYou‘s set! This was my first time seeing mewithoutYou, who have been around since 2002, and they absolutely delivered a set worth seeing. They have very dedicated fans, as most bands do, that had been waiting at the front of the stage all night to scream lyrics. Lead vocalist Aaron Weiss picked up several instruments while on stage, including the acoustic guitar and the accordion. They played a mix of songs old and new, something that is always delightful to see from a band that has been around this long. Overall, I was glad to have been able to see them.
I’ve wanted to see Say Anything since I was 13 and heard “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too“. It took long enough, as I’m now 21, but it was completely worth it. My whole three and a half hour drive to Atlanta was me blaring their older songs like “All My Friends are Enemies,” “Into the Night,” and “A Walk Through Hell“, and I’m glad I did because most of their set was newer songs I hadn’t heard yet. It was great to see this band’s transition over the years and how they’ve grown considering I’ve been listening to them for so long. Their set included songs from the I Don’t Think It Is, Hebrews, Say Anything, and various songs from others. I was really glad to hear “Spores”, one of the older songs I blared on my drive. This is a band to keep in mind to see some day, I’m sure they’ll be touring on occasion for years to come.
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