Better late than never. I welcome to 2019. It’s been a few months since my last entry. I hope you left 2018 with lasting memories and accomplished a few goals to set you up with new beginnings for the year. I’ve taken some time away from the stage to work on other projects and focus on other areas, but I did miss the spotlight of being in front of the stage capturing moments of music.
A month into 2019, a show finally piqued my interest when Australian’s metalcore band, The Amity Affliction made their stop at the House of Blues headlining the “Misery Will Find You Tour” on January 27th. The Sunday show sold out about a week and a half before the date, so many fans were eager to catch up after their appearance two years ago when they supported Motionless In White at the Agora. And to be honest, it wasn’t one of their best appearances that evening. The sound quality was poor and I remembered Joel Birch (singer) was stationary on stage throughout the set. It was very odd as it appeared he injured his leg or something.
All was forgotten that night as everything was a significant improvement. Joel moved the stage like a frontman should involving the crowd, rather it was sharing the mic or helping falling crowd surfers from the floor. I gravitated more towards Joel probably like a lot of their fans of The Amity Affliction. His ongoing struggles with depression and as a recovering alcoholic, his lyrics become relatable in life to a lot of people. It's a no-brainer a lot of the band's hits contribute from downfall to redemption.
The "Misery Will Find You Tour" supports the band's sixth studio album, "Misery", released in August on Roadrunner Records. The setlist arranged six of the songs off the album leaving the band's biggest hit, "Pittsburgh" as the finale before coming back onto the stage for "All Fucked Up" for the encore.
Since October was the last show I covered and began wondering coming into The Amity Affliction, if any rust needed to be brushed off. Yes, I did feel a bit impaired, but I thoroughly enjoy covering them and witnessing the interaction between fan and artist. It's a family gathering when I go to shows where you peer into the eyes of both parties and everyone just lives in the moment. The full setlist that night can be seen below followed with my photo coverage.
Drag the Lake
I Bring the Weather With Me
Holier Than Heaven
This Could Be Heartbreak
Feels Like I’m Dying
Set Me Free
Don’t Lean On Me
All Fucked Up