The Hollow Bodies Tour 2014

The Hollow Bodies Tour

April 25, 2014

Irving Plaza- New York City, NY

Last Friday, the Big Apple received a special treat for those crowd-surfing, song-singing, mosh-pitting rockers. On April, 25, 2014, The Hollow Bodies Tour made a stop on 17 Irving Place to rip the roof off of the established Irving Plaza.

One band in particular, The Amity Affliction, brought the show to a whole new level after amazing performances from the bands Heartist, and Secrets. Opening with Chasing Ghosts, those in the photo pit began feeling a taste of how wild the crowd was going almost immediately. Bodies thrashed everywhere but in the most enlivening way. The Amity Affliction’s performance let out the most emotion by the end of the night. Ending their set with Open Letter, The Amity Affliction finished strong and left the crowd only hungry for more.

13 SilversteinThankfully, Silverstein came just in time to satisfy with Stand Amid the Roar from their most recent album This Is How the Wind Shifts. The performance was as colorful as their pastel-like lights that seemed to follow Silverstein’s hypnotizing riffs the entire set. A special surprise for the New York date of The Hollow Bodies Tour was Silverstein fitting in the song Hearts by punk band American Nightmare for a fan’s request. This fan also was invited to sing onstage with the band as they powered through the song.

But all of this seemed tame once headliner Blessthefall hit the stage. The band played music ranging from their old school 2007 years to the new album, Hollow Bodies. Still, no matter how old the songs, kids roared the lyrics back to them (especially during the band’s encore Hey Baby, Here’s That Song You Wanted). The electricity of the audience was just as powerful as each band’s performance. If the band jumped, the crowd jumped, if the band waved, the crowd waved. The chemistry was almost overwhelming. Never would you have seen a vocalist jump into the crowd as much as frontman, Beau Bokan had in one night. What stood out about this show was not the 25 Blessthefallnumber of people that showed up or the quality of the lineup, but the amount of love that was in this crowd. From the openers to the main band, there was not a single dull moment. Once the show began, the popularity of the bands did not matter to this energetic New York crowd. Whether lyrics were known or not, the mosh pits and crowd surfing never ceased. Every note, every line, every breakdown was explosive. Anyone who has experienced a great deal of shows could see how comfortable this crowd was with each other. It was all love at Irving Plaza that night.

Overall, The Hollow Bodies Tour came in with a roar and ended with a bang. The band’s remarkable performances and the unity of the crowd made the walk through New York’s unfamiliar streets very well worth it.

Review by: Sophia Uvario



The Amity Affliction