LIVE REVIEW: Yellowcard – Chicago, IL – 11/8/14

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On my way to this show, I was insanely excited to see Yellowcard for the fourth time. They have always put on a great, energetic show the times I’ve seen them, and I have come to expect nothing less. However, I wasn’t sure what to expect of support acts Emarosa and Memphis May Fire. I recently learned that Emarosa’s new singer, Bradley Walden, used to be in a band called Squid The Whale, who I used to listen to earlier in high school. I had also only heard good things about Emarosa’s new record, Versus. Memphis May Fire, on the other hand, I had always discounted as just another metalcore band and hadn’t really ever given a chance.

The minute Emarosa came out onto the dimly lit stage and began playing “People Like Me, We Just Don’t Play,” I knew their set would be interesting. While there wasn’t much movement from the rest of the band, Walden was all over the place: jumping around the stage, on the barricade, in the crowd – the crowd interaction alone made the set enjoyable. The song that stuck with me most was “I’ll Just Wait” off of Versus. This band is definitely worth checking out.

Memphis May Fire’s set, right off the bat, was insane. Their lighting and production in general was amazing to watch from the crowd. The entire band was jumping all around the stage with incredible amounts of energy. They opened with “No Ordinary Love”, off of their record Unconditional. Frontman Matty Mullins took a few minutes out of their set to thank those who serve and dedicated “Miles Away” to them. Overall, they were enjoyable to watch.

Yellowcard opened with “Convocation” off of their newest record, Lift a Sail. Violinist Sean Mackin came out first, with a single light behind him, as he started the intro off. The lights started to change as the rest of the band came out and played along. They played many of their newer songs, with the addition of older fan-favorites like “Only One” and “Ocean Avenue,” the lyrics to which everyone in the room was screaming at the top of their lungs.

 

Photos and review by Anam Merchant