LIVE REVIEW/PHOTO GALLERY: Bayside/Senses Fail/Man Overboard – Chicago, IL – 3/26/15

Celebrating their 15th birthday as a band, Bayside embarked on a tour earlier this month with support from Senses Fail, Man Overboard and Seaway.

I missed Seaway’s set, but was able to catch Man Overboard as they began. I’ve seen Man Overboard a handful of times, most recently on their headlining tour last May, and they’ve always been a blast to see. The band that coined the now-infamous term “Defend Pop Punk” took the stage and opened with an older song called “Real Talk,” then immediately diving into Heart Attack‘s “White Lies” and another older song off 2011’s The Human Highlight Reel titled “I Ate My Gluestick.” While they sounded fantastic and their setlist was great, their performance left something to be desired for the audience. A few people were nodding along, but they weren’t really engaged until Senses Fail took the stage.

Senses Fail also very recently went on tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Let It Enfold You. As they began with “You’re Cute When You Scream”, people began to crowd surf almost immediately. The post-hardcore band were a stark contrast to Man Overboard’s pop-punk. Frontman Buddy Nielsen took a pause between songs to talk a little bit before diving into a new song titled “All You Need Is Already Within You.”

The time between sets was unusually long, or felt that way as more people began pouring onto the floor for Bayside. All of a sudden, music that sounded like it was from one of the Harry Potter films began playing, and the lights turned on to reveal Bayside taking the stage. They opened with “Pigsty” and played a long set, consisting of 19 other songs. At one point, frontman Anthony Raneri made his way from the stage to the bar to play acoustically. They closed out the night with “Don’t Call Me Peanut,” “Big Cheese” and “Devotion And Desire.”