LIVE REVIEW: Blessthefall’s Hollow Bodies Tour – Chicago, IL – 5/3/14

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Blessthefall’s Hollow Bodies Tour stopped in Chicago on May 3rd. Opening band Heartist started off the night with a five song set, starting with their newest single, “Pressure Point,” off of their debut full-length which will be out this summer on Roadrunner Records. They ended their set with the song “Disconnected” off of their 2012 EP, Nothing You Didn’t Deserve.

Up next was San Diego, California post-hardcore band Secrets. The band went through a line-up change in early 2013 and soon after released their second full-length, Fragile Figures. The band played a seven song set that had the crowd jumping. Frontman Aaron Melzer encouraged the fans to keep jumping, telling them that he could feel everything on stage. Melzer went into the crowd briefly after their set to greet fans.

The Amity Affliction from Australia was up next with a six song set, including “Chasing Ghosts,” “R.I.P. Bon,” and “Open Letter” from their third album Chasing Ghosts, which was released in 2012. The band just recently released a single titled “Pittsburgh” from their upcoming album titled Let The Ocean Take Me, which will be released June 6th in Australia, June 9th in the UK, and June 10th in the U.S via Roadrunner Records. The most notable thing about their set, which was noticed almost immediately, was frontman Joel Birch’s emotional connection to the music and the crowd. Birch continually crouched down on the stage and pointed at the fans, and then went into the crowd. The energy emitted from the crowd during their set was unlike any other before them.

Soon after them, Canadian band Silverstein took the stage to play a twelve song set from the various records they have released throughout their fourteen years as a band. They ended their set with the popular “Smile In Your Sleep,” with the energy they began with staying consistent throughout their set.

Blessthefall finally took the stage to play a fourteen song set. Whether or not they’re headlining a tour, Blessthefall always put on an insane show. The final set of the Chicago stop of the Hollow Bodies tour started with Blessthefall’s “Exodus,” after which they delved right into the title track of their newest record, Hollow Bodies. The band played a lot of old and new songs, and early in their set played the fan favorite, “2.0.” Before starting “What’s Left of Me,” frontman Beau Bokan stopped and asked the crowd if they’ve ever been to a Blessthefall show before and told them that for this next song, they had to crowd surf up to him and shake his hand. For the encore, they played “Meet Me at the Gates” and “Hey Baby, Here’s That Song You Wanted,” leaving the fans screaming at the end of their set.

Photos and review by Anam Merchant