Concert Review: Tigers Jaw, New Found Glory, and Yellowcard

November 5, 2015: Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit

There’s nothing like a show that’s filled to the brim with nostalgia and excited fans to help lift your spirits and remind you why you enjoy going to concerts in the first place. It’s been a rough year concert wise, mostly because I just seem to have no energy lately and standing in a packed venue for hours hasn’t sounded very appealing. When I saw that New Found Glory and Yellowcard were touring together, I knew that I would have to summon the motivation to go. I’ve seen NFG before but have never gotten around to catching Yellowcard and it was time to remedy that.

We arrived to the venue already into opener, Tigers Jaw’s set which I was a little disappointed about. I’ve only just recently discovered the Scranton duo, which expanded into a five piece for their live show, and was anxious to get the live experience as an early introduction to a band that I was quickly falling in love with. The band sounds great live, and I found myself unable to resist their emo / alt indie pull as they rocked through their set. The emotion of their tracks translates well in a live setting. The packed audience really took notice when the band busted out a cover of The Cure’s “In Between Days,” bouncing and singing along to the track. I’m hoping to find some time soon to delve further into Tigers Jaw’s discography so that the next time they come to town, I can sing along.

Honestly it’s been a while since I’ve listened to either NFG or Yellowcard on a regular basis, which is funny because they used to be on repeat within my regular rotation. I can say that since seeing them live, they’ve been about all I’ve wanted to listen to. New Found Glory took the stage and sent the sold out crowd into a frenzy as they jumped right into the title track off their newest album, Resurrection. There’s nothing like a crowd that really gets into a band’s set and the one that packed Saint Andrew’s Hall that night was one of the best I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of in a long time. I don’t think there was a single person there that night that wasn’t singing along to the entirety of NFG’s set which only pumped the guys up more.

Chad Gilbert commented that being on the stage at good ole Saint Andrew’s with such an enthusiastic crowd was like being back in 2003. I have to say that I couldn’t agree more as I was transported back myself as they blazed through their setlist of old and new hits. Hearing some old favorites like “All Downhill From Here” and “My Friends Over You” took me back to being a teenager and blasting those tracks out of my car windows as I tried to cling desperately to the freedom of being a carefree teen. It was great to see that NFG is just as energetic and excited to be in front of their fans as ever. In fact, the guys brought one lucky fan on stage and let them not only pick the next song they would play but also to stay up and sing it with them. It’s always exciting to see a band show so much gratitude and affection toward their fans.

Yellowcard catapulted onto the dark stage to raucous applause as they launched right into “Breathing.” Again, I felt like I had been tossed into the DeLorean and transported back to the days when I would blast this song at the highest volume I could. Singer Ryan Key immediately called for the people right in front of the stage and circle up as he and his bandmates ricocheted around the stage. Key also remarked how incredible it was that they could still sell out venues after all these years and that being in Saint Andrew’s was like going back to 2003. The guys turned the energy and excitement generated by NFG’s set and turned it up to eleven, making the night a memorable one. I think they played all my favorites and we were even treated to a solo performance by Key of “Empty Apartment” on the piano with violinist, Sean Mackin, to finish the song off. The guys closed their set out with a deafening singalong to their hit single, “Ocean Avenue,” which was definitely the perfect song to end the evening on.

Words can’t express how great it was to get this dose of nostalgia and hear so many songs that bring back a myriad of great memories played live. I’m been unable to do anything but immerse myself in the songs of NFG, Yellowcard, and all my other favorite retro pop punk bands since this show and I hope that the bands can work schedules out and tour again together.