“Wow, there are a lot of younger kids here” I said to myself as I walked through the doors of the Marin Room. Let It Enfold You, which just turned the grand ole age of 10 this year came out when some of the fans were kids. It’s a testament that if the work and passion is there, people will identify with it. That was apparent during the sold out Senses Fail show in New York. The band who hails from New Jersey (go Jersey!) had sold out shows throughout the surrounding tri-state area. I saw fans my age with old and torn up Senses Fail T-shirts representing the band proud. There was also a sense of “label family” between the Pure Noise Records bands as well. Many were donning Pure Noise Records shirts, shorts and hoodies.
The show opened with direct support from Knuckle Puck from Chicago, Illinois, who I was seeing from the first time. They put on a solid set and seemed to have a good loyal fan base who knew every word to every song. As a matter of fact, throughout the night, you can see that with every act. That’s a textbook movement if I say so myself. Next up was a hardcore band from Seattle, Washington called To The Wind. Now, they brought a different energy to the show which seemed to get some of the audience riled up – even to the point where you had some crowd surfers. Not, too too bad, but enough to hold your camera like Lesean McCoy on Sundays.
No Bragging Rights, a post-hardcore band from Riverside, California impressed me – not only because the structure of their songs, but the depths of their message as well. It was a pro-positive, anti-suicide message that I noticed drew a couple tears from the crowd. When you see that a band can touch a person to their very core, especially in a live setting, you know that there is something very real about it. It prompted me to check out their recently released album The Concrete Flower, which I think you should go check out ASAP.
Now, before Senses Fail comes on, I forget about the flashbacks to previous shows that I’ve seen them at. I was right in the thick of the madness with fans literally climbing over other fans to get to the stage. Soon as I hear the chords to “Tie Her Down”, BOOM! It’s a crazy free for all as a sea of fans are moving back and forth like a school of fish. The boys still got it. I found myself reliving my high school days singing along to “Rum Is for Drinking, Not for Burning” and my favorite from the album, “”Irony of Dying On Your Birthday”. New drummer and ex-Poison The Well member Dan Trapp sounded like he had been playing with the band for years. Lead singer Buddy Nielsen was charismatic to the crowd and sounded great despite the sound issues that plagued some sets throughout the night.
The original members who recorded Let It Enfold You may not all be here, but the heart is still there. It speaks for itself. A lot of people including myself love that record and showed it that night amongst others nights in the tour.