A little over three years after calling it quits, Underoath came back in full force for a sold-out Rebirth tour across North America, playing They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define The Great Line in full. The tour stopped in Chicago for a sold-out show at the Riviera Theatre on April 7.
Instrumental post-rock band Caspian opened the show. Being able to tell a story through a song without lyrics is a feat, and Caspian definitely accomplished that during their set. Their music and production was mesmerizing, and set the mood for the night. Some stand out songs were “Sycamore”, “Arcs Of Command” and “Darkfield.”
After announcing what would be known as the end of Underoath in late 2012, the band embarked on a farewell tour in 2013 and stayed quiet until July 2015, when they posted cryptic messages on their social media accounts. In August 2015, it was announced that Underoath would be embarking on a reunion tour across North America, beginning with a date at Self-Help Festival in 2016. Aaron Gillespie would also be joining the band once again after his 2010 departure. After waiting three years to see a band that was so pivotal to many people, it’s clear why this tour sold out so quickly.
As soon as the house lights went down and the band walked out on stage, the crowd went crazy. They began with “Young and Aspiring” off of 2004’s They’re Only Chasing Safety, playing the rest of the album in full before moving on to 2006’s Define The Great Line. Excitement was buzzing through the room all night. It’s crazy to think that three years ago, no one thought they’d ever see Underoath perform again. I’d venture to say that it was a pretty surreal moment for everyone in the room. With the insane amount of energy the band had, even three years later, the whole room was engaged.
Given that it’s called the Rebirth tour, I hope that this is just the beginning of a new era for Underoath.