Thursday on a Thursday… how fitting. We slipped our way into Epitaph’s packed holiday party to catch the East Coast band on what’s likely to be one of their last intimate shows before disbanding.
Chris Conley opened up the evening with a sweet serenade. Conley provides somewhat of a stepping stone into the emo world for the wider audience, with his verified charm getting hips swaying and a smile on your face.
This night was more of a smaller gathering in prep for Thursday’s show with My Chemical Romance making their comeback the following day at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, CA. They definitely put on a show for the books with guest appearances by Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré during Counting 5-4-3-2-1 and Chris Conley of Saves the Day during the encore.
Thursday started out their set with some of their earlier tracks – “For the Workforce, Drowning” and “Between Rupture and Rapture”. Then eased on into the classics of “Understanding in a Car Crash” and “Counting 5-4-3-2-1”. Jeremy from Touché Amoré bounced on stage halfway through the song and ricocheted vocal parts with frontman, Geoff Rickley. They played off of each other so naturally and had this playful nature between them. You could feel the excitement in the air, no matter the age range in the audience. You could tell everyone there was still an angsty, emo kid at heart. Rickley certainly helped with this energy as he ran around the stage with fervor as if fully consumed by the visceral sounds they were projecting. He also seemed to have this magnetic pull with the audience. Both parties were feeding off of each other’s energy and having a stage between didn’t even seem to be a hindrance between their connection.
They carried onto the heavy hitters “Signals Over the Air” and quite possibly their heaviest song – “Jet Black New Year”. Then came the soothing interlude of “This Song Brought to You by a Falling Bomb” and ramped back up to “Division St”. Conley made an appearance during the encore as him and Rickley ended the night with a cover by the Buzzcocks “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)”. ‘Twas a well-rounded evening of music from Thursday’s 21 year-long career.