Emo/punk rock kings of California Joyce Manor and Wavves are currently co-headlining their fall 2017 tour.
“December, 1963” by The Four Seasons billowed out of the speakers as the California emo rockers strolled on to the stage. The crowd was already sweating buckets due to the intense moshing thanks to Wavves’ set an hour prior.
“Wait for your cue cause my scene it ain’t over / I torch up your house while your kids are at home / What can you do when you’re not getting sober? / It’s hard to admit but you’re always feeling alone.” This verse from “Beach Community” had the whole crowd screaming along from start to finish. I was pleasantly surprised the guys decided to open with this song off of their self-titled record seeing that Cody was just released a year ago.
Crowd favorites off their newest effort such as “Fake I.D.,” “Eighteen,” and “Last You Heard of Me” made for infectious smiles that radiated through each row of devoted fans. My ears engulfed in boundless screams of every lyric from the young couple wrapped in each other’s arms next to me.
Front man Barry Johnson showed off his fondness of Boston by sporting a tattered Red Sox jersey that was thrown at his feet. Johnson also took the time to acknowledge each venue the guys had played leading up to the Paradise Rock Club. The glee in his voice was prominent when he mentioned their move from The Sinclair (500 capacity) to selling out Paradise (925 capacity).
The show continued with the fast paced guitars entwined with wavering pleas from one of my favorite songs, “Falling in Love Again.” More songs off of 2014’s Never Hungover Again like “Schley,” “Victoria,” and “End of Summer” prompted even more waves of humans to roll across the crowd and dive into the barricade while the venue staff carried them to safety. A circle pit opened up when guys played their cover of the iconic “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles, a song which they made wonderfully emo. Oh and of course it wouldn’t be a Joyce Manor show without an old man launching himself to surf the crowd along with the teens.
The night wrapped up with tears and shouts during “Constant Headache,” the bands’ most well known song to date. Even though Johnson had strep throat, they still decided to come back to finish the show with two songs for the encore.
This was by far one of the most spirited and brilliant emo shows I’ve ever attended. Although this tour has ended, subscribe to Joyce Manor’s website to get updates for when they set off to tour again.
All photos by Samantha Schraub