Keely Chisholm ’17 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
Though most spring breaks were done and over by the time the Glamour Kills Tour arrived in Boston, the party stayed for a while longer.
Rolling into Brighton Music Hall on the night of April 4th, the sixth annual Glamour Kills Tour brought Roam, As It As, Against the Current, and Set It Off to Brighton, Mass.
Eastbourne, UK-based band Roam kicked off the night at just a little after seven, and once they started, the night didn’t slow down once. The band’s energy excited the crowd on the packed floor, getting everyone jumping and cheering, and someone looking in might think Roam were the headliners judging by the crowd’s reactions to them. They played about a half dozen songs before giving to the stage to the next act.
Next up was As It Is, a Brighton-based pop-punk band from the UK. They, too, played a shorter set, but once again, the crowd’s response was overwhelmingly excited. It seemed the band and the crowd fed off of each other, the energy flowing between the two, probably most evident in a lead singer bouncing around the stage with obvious vigor and zest.
Even after As It As left the stage, the crowd stayed abuzz with conversation and energy. If I had to guess, I’d say it was a mix of residual excitement and anticipation for what was to come next.
Against the Current entered the stage to a background of flashing lights and deafening cheers. Lead singer Chrissy Costanza took complete command of the stage, her voice and her presence filling the room. In a word, it was electric. She, too, had the crowd singing, belting every word with her and bouncing along. And even on the Glamour Kills tour, the sensation of “Uptown Funk” can’t be avoided—Against the Current covered the hit song, joined by Patty Walters of As It Is for a collaboration that got perhaps the most participation and enthusiasm from the crowd.
(The original cover featured Set It Off.)
Finally, Set It Off took the stage, and the crowd was, for lack of a better word, absolutely wild. The band members kept their feet on the floor only about half the time, opting to stand on speakers and amps; frontman Cody Carson even entered the crowd a few times, once standing over the barrier and once on the hands of fans holding him up.
Carson praised the fans’ support, thanking Boston in particular for going to their shows even if there were only a dozen or so people in attendance. Carson made an emotional speech about midway through their set, before playing the inspirational “Dream Catcher”:
“This is a dream come true for us. And you guys are helping it f—ing happen. And a lot of you out there have something you want to become. Something you want to—you want to capture your dream and make it a reality. And now you know it’s f—ing possible.”
Set It Off played a mix of songs off both of their albums. Some bands don’t sound as good live as they do recorded, but Set It Off is definitely not one of them. Every song they played sounded even better live, with “Forever Stuck In Our Youth,” “Dream Catcher,” and “Bleak December,” and “Ancient History” as some of my personal highlights. They closed the show with “Miss Mysterious,” a fitting end to a night of nonstop energy. It slowed things down just enough to signal the end, but enough to have the crowd’s phone flashlights out and keep the mood from flagging.
Overall, once the night began, it didn’t stop. The energy level was high and stayed high, even during the gaps between the bands. Though the wind and temperature outside called for warm coats and gloves, inside, once the coats were shed, it really did feel like spring break.