Fans of Motion City Soundtrack and Bayside will probably all agree that going to either of their shows is kind of like coming home. With catalogs
that span over ten years each, these songs have become that soft, warm, old blanket we refuse to throw out. They are familiar so therefore,
comforting. Everyone sings along and feels like part of the family. That spirit reigned at Toad's Place Sunday night when both bands graced its
stage with their energy and great music.
Motion City kicked things off with "Better Open The Door" which turned the energy level all the way up. They followed with songs that are near
and dear to MCS fans' hearts. Old favorites from their first album, "I Am The Movie" included "Shiver" and "My Favorite Accident". Newer tracks included "This Is For Real", "A Life Less Ordinary" and "Her Words Destroyed My Planet". The audience participation songs are staples and everyone played their correct parts for "Everything Is All Right", "The Future Freaks Me Out" and "LGFUAD". Fans also proved that they are
loyal by knowing the latest single "Inside Out" on the yet to be released sixth MCS album. The band packed in all the best in just forty-five short minutes. Unfortunately it was a venue issue that causes me to give this show a less than five-star rating. Crowd-surfing in this small room is never a good thing and at one point, frontman Justin Pierre stopped the show to address the problem of surfers and security "catchers" blocking the view of the people at the barricade. Thankfully the request was taken to heart and the set continued with all feet on the floor while still having a great time.
Bayside also rolled out their "best of" playlist. "Roshambo", "Sick, Sick, Sick", "Blame It On Bad Luck", "Duality", "Killing Time", and more. What they managed to squeeze into fifty minutes was impressive. The crowd appreciated every moment of it. They kept a pretty respectable mosh pit going. Anthony Raineri took one of the breaks between songs to reminisce about Bayside's first performance at Toad's many years and playing to about fifty people then expressed the amazement over a packed house today. Appearing to be on a strict schedule set by the venue, Bayside did only one encore song and wrapped their set at exactly 11:30 p.m.
Opening acts State Champs and What's Eating Gilbert were well cast for this tour. State Champs hail from Albany and seemed to have more than a few of their own fans in the crowd. What's Eating Gilbert is Chad Gilbert from New Found Glory but the sound of this band is completely different. It pays superb homage to 1950's rock and roll. From narrow ties to retro microphone, Chad takes an audience back in time and really connected with the crowd.
All in all it was a great way to spend a rainy, foggy Sunday night in New Haven.