What a night. I think about it every single night. I want to go back to seeing Foxing, Tigers Jaw & Manchester Orchestra.
This was one of those rare lineups where I was familiar with about 85% of all three of the catalogues combined by the bands. I was beyond excited for the show, anticipating the songs that would be played with my own playlist that I listened to exclusively at work for about a week leading up to it. Even then, I was not prepared for just how floored I would be upon viewing.
Foxing opened up the set with six graceful songs that perfectly showcased how brilliant they are at understanding dynamics. Each member on stage knew their parts were parts to an orchestrated whole, weaving elegantly through “The Magdalene” & “The Medic.” For the first band on the tour package, they left the crowd on edge. Their poise was impressive, their presence full of emotion and when they walked off the stage I even wanted them to continue pouring through more of their songs. Purchase Dealer here.
The last time I saw Tigers Jaw was in a stage that held about 300 people, MAYBE. To hear their music blistering through the sound and space of The Ogden was more electrifying. Immediately crushing through “Follows” and “The Sun” (which has gotten better live over the years), the crowd was bouncing their heads to the grooves. Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins sang their harmonies in perfect unison every time present, really giving the songs a better live feel. Their instruments had a bit more of a punch, really emphasized in the minor chords of “Guardian,” making that instrumental break that much more emotive, bombastic and down right beautiful.
Tigers Jaw are currently in support of their latest endeavor, spin, released earlier this year. While their old albums have incredible feel, the abrasiveness of songs like “Favorite” and “June” have helped this album feel more relatable, really coming off in the group’s performance of said songs live. It is extremely impressive to hear the magnitude of these songs that came from two individuals in a studio, showcasing their songwriting ability is as impressive as ever.
For the next hour or so, Manchester Orchestra set off detonation after detonation with their soundscape of music. Every song was played to perfection, with their dynamics shaking the speakers and pulsing within listeners hearts. “The Gold” had every vocal aspect on point and brilliantly loud, the crowd singing back in unison. It was like that for a majority of the set, with an impressive amount of songs being ripped through with a stellar pace and distinctive sound unlike any other. “Shake It Out”‘s bridge sounded larger than ever, “The Grocery” bright with incredible chords. To say that their encore was perfect was an understatement. Seeing this band close out an already wonderful tour package was a highlight. Purchase A Black Mile To The Surface here
9/26 – COLUMBUS, OH – NEWPORT MUSIC HALL*
9/27 – DETROIT, MI – THE FILLMORE*
9/29 – NEW YORK, NY – TERMINAL 5*
9/30 – WORCESTER, MA – PALLADIUM*
10/1 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – THE FILLMORE*
10/3 – SILVER SPRING, MD – THE FILLMORE*
10/4 – RALEIGH, NC – THE RITZ*
10/5 – NORFOLK, VA – THE NORVA*
10/6 – COLUMBIA, SC – MUSIC FARM*
10/7 – ATLANTA, GA – TABERNACLE*
* – w/ Tigers Jaw and Foxing