Spokane, Washington rarely gets big name musical acts, but the ones that make it up here are always worth seeing. Friday night, the Knitting Factory was filled with young and old, all coming out to see the diverse line-up of artists on the Wonder Years headlining tour. A band called You Blew It! is the opener on this tour. An American emo quintet from Orlando, You Blew It!'s nostalgic guitar riffs and punk-inspired vocals brought to mind bands such as Tigers Jaw and Into It. Over It. Personally I had not heard of them before and seeing their sincere happiness while performing their songs made me want more.
Up next was State Champs.
Having seen State Champs at Warped Tour 2014, I knew I was in for a treat. The band had finished and released their sophomore album just two weeks prior (October 16th), so they played a few new songs mixed in with old favorites, and, of course, ended with their anthem "Elevated." Derek DiScanio is a great frontman and really gets the crowd going.
Third on stage was the legendary Motion City Soundtrack.
Having never listened to MCS before, seeing them live was a new experience for me. My first impression was, quite honestly, "Who the hell ARE these guys." I couldn't stop staring at Justin Pierre's electric hair. But who really captured my attention was Jesse Johnson on the MOOG Synth.
He was definitely the most energetic and entertaining to watch, second only to Claudio Rivera's flowing mane that whipped wildly as the result of a hidden fan keeping him cool during intricate drumming spurs. The crowd sang along to many older tracks, but newer songs were also played including "I Can Feel You" from their new album Panic Stations out on Epitaph Records.
All and all, I was very pleased with my first MCS experience. They were enjoyable to watch and even more so to listen to. I can't wait to start digging into their discography.
The Wonder Years came on stage. Dan Campbell, sporting his "Bernie Sanders - Eat The Rich" shirt (which I thought was hilarious), delivered a passionate and memorable performance. His enthusiasm and openness to his fans made the show an engaging and exciting one. During the set, Soupy recalls the closest venue they had played before. "It was a Mongolian BBQ Restaurant in Walla Walla, has anybody been there?" The crowd swelled with excitement. Apparently, the band's van had broken down just a feet hundred feet from the venue. They proceeded to coast in neutral into a parking space and made it in just in time.
The night "ended" with the final track on The Greatest Generation titled "I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral." The band left the stage, and the crowd began to chant "We're not saviors if we can't save our brothers" from the track Cardinals off the Wonder Years newest record. The band took the stage to perform the song and then finished with "Came Out Swinging."
It was a night to remember, filled with happy hearts and unforgetable music. If you have a chance to get out to one of their shows, you have our guarantee of a good time. The tour runs through the end of this month, so there is still plenty of time! Find a stop near you and make sure to tell us how it was!