For a show that started on time with only 40 people in the room during the bands, the night was a success. Boston’s Vanna could have had an off day, but instead traveled to Mahall’s in Lakewood, Ohio, on October 28 to connect with a few kids who knew every word.
The night started out with a pop-punk locals, Long Shot and Hello Weekend. The trio in Long Shot started the night off right with a seven-song set including two Blink-182 covers and a Misfits cover. Even though there was hardly anyone in the room, you could feel the energy from the kids there supporting their friends.
Next was Kent, Ohio, quintet Hello Weekend. The band had a lot of technical difficulties in their five-song set, but the crowd never faltered and continue to be active and move around for Hello Weekend. Toward the end of their set, someone from the crowd even did pushups off the stage.
The first touring band of the night was Rise Records artist Rarity. Throughout the Canadian band’s relatively short set, one of their guitarists danced in between his parts. The band ended their night with their song “Anne Hathaway.” Even though Rarity didn’t really perform in a special way or do something huge or unexpected, the crowd appeared to be enjoying the five-piece and kept the energy in the room up throughout their set.
The final band of the night was post-hardcore act Vanna. Lead singer Davey Muise told the small crowd at the beginning of their set that they should “utilize every inch of this room,” including the stage and the microphone, and the crowd did just that. During the band’s third song a fan came up onstage and performed a section of the song for Muise. The singer sat back and watched with a giant smile on his face as the boy took over the stage and had his fellow audience members singing along. After that song, Muise said, “Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and enjoy the music.” The Pure Noise Records group played less than a dozen songs, but the crowd would have preferred the band played their entire discography. With their set only including the band’s Marilyn Manson cover off their new EP Alt, the crowd stood their ground and demanded one last song. Vanna returned and performed their cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Zero.”
Even with less than 50 people in the crowd, the energy was up and the bands fed off of it. The crowd made the night and the people there gave the impression of a sold-out show to the bands performing. It proves that as long as the crowd is into the performance, it doesn’t matter how many people there are.