The Hotelier began the show promptly at 6:30 p.m., opening with “An Introduction to the Album” off of their newest release, Home, Like Noplace Is There. Hearing the opening of this song from the lobby of the Metro was the last way I wanted to hear it, but it was incredible nonetheless. The band’s latest effort, Home, Like Noplace Is There, was one of the incredible releases that came out last year, and has put the Hotelier on the radar for many. They went on to play a few more songs from that record, as well as two others called “Vacancy” and “An Ode to the Nite Ratz Club,” and closing out with “Dendron” off their latest release.
Title Fight were up next, and if you’ve ever been to a Title Fight show, you know that there is going to be a non-stop stream of crowd surfers coming your way. Opening with “Murder Your Memory,” off their newest release, Hyperview, it seemed a bit quiet. Hyperview is definitely different than their past releases, and you could definitely hear that with a slower, more dreamy sound, with a lot of guitar distortion. They immediately erupted into an older song, “Shed,” and that’s when the stream of crowd surfers began, although they could never quite make it to the barricade. The band followed that up with a new song, “Chlorine,” and then into a song off their previous release, Floral Green. They played a hefty 19-song set, with songs ranging from some of their older releases to the newest, and left the crowd chanting for “one more song!”
La Dispute closed out the night, beginning with the song I’ve seen them close with. After the projector came on to display an image over their backdrop, the floodlights came on as they began playing “King Park.” It was surprisingly calm, until the end of the song when people began to scream along to the words, “Can I still get into heaven if I kill myself?” La Dispute’s discography consists of songs that are usually longer than the average song, “King Park” being almost seven minutes long. They ended up playing a 13-song set, closing out with “The Last Lost Continent.”