Article & Photo - John Indiveri
Australia’s The Amity Affliction [TAA] brought their Misery Will Find You Tour to the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida on January 12, 2019. They brought along veterans Senses Fail as well as Silent Planet and Belmont to round out the punk/metal extravaganza. Not only have I wanted to photograph TAA, but also even to attend their concert live; the stars aligned for me this night!
The Amity Affliction | Misery Will Find You Tour | Orlando, FL | 01.12.19
The lights went dark - the disco ball light turned on overhead and the on stage lights illuminated shooting soft white light beams over the crowd. The pre-recorded intro music started up and immediately the crowd went crazy - it was "Drag the Lake." Dan Brown, Ahren Stringer, Joe Longobardi and Joel Birch step onto the stage with Joe starting the drum roll, then.. “KICK IT!” Joel screamed into the mic and the crowd went absolutely nuts.
The stage lights went from the soft white to a blend of blues, purples and oranges in quite an impressive light show. They followed up immediately with "Ivy" then gave the crowd a chance to breath for a moment, talking to the crowd. They went into "I Bring the Weather With Me" next (one of my favorites) and later on in the show they played my absolute favorite TAA song, "Death’s Hand." This also was an apparent favorite of the crowd given the amount of singing, screaming, moshing and crowd surfing that ensued.
Speaking of the crowd, this show has to be the most interactive crowd at a show I’ve shot in recent memory. The amount of passionate singing, screaming and steady flow of crowd surfers (I even helped catch one during Senses Fail) was unbelievable and awesome to see. TAA ended their set with "Pittsburgh" and as soon as they walked off stage, the crowd was chanting “one more song!” over and over again. Of course, there was an encore. Joel and the guys came back on stage and finished out the show with "All Fucked Up." The Amity Affliction put on an amazing show, one for the books.
Senses Fail | Misery Will Find You Tour | Orlando, FL | 01.12.19
Senses Fail. What can I say about these New Jersey Punk Rock/Metal veterans other than wow. Senses Fail has been around for quite some time (since 2002), with many hits such as "Calling All Cars," "Buried a Lie" and "Bite to Break Skin." Despite several line up changes over the years, they haven’t skipped a beat and their performance at House of Blues, Orlando showed just that. Buddy Nielsen, Jeramiah Pauly, Greg Styliades, Steve Carey and Jason Milbank took to the stage and hyped the crowd up immediately.
Buddy, donned in a leopard print suit, has to be the most energetic frontman I’ve ever seen (and props to him for wearing that in Florida). From running around, to push ups - to handstands he was all over the place. Very, very entertaining! After all, it was #Caturday (according to him).
Senses Fail, start to finish, brought energy and plain fun to the stage. They played a good amount of older tunes (including the three mentioned above) and newer songs, all of which the crowd sang and crowd surfed too. As a band I’ve followed for years but never got the chance to see, this was a real treat for me personally.
Opening up for TAA/Senses Fail was Chicago-based Belmont and Los Angeles-based Silent Planet, both of which I wasn’t too familiar with. Belmont is touring in support of the self-titled debut LP. Bringing punk and rock together, this 5 piece band was a great starting opener.
Following Belmont was metal band Silent Planet. With a Wage War-esque sound, they got the crowd moving and warmed up for Senses Fail. Although hard hitting, they clearly have a passion for current political events and issues such as PTSD. Frontman Garrett Russell used the platform to talk about such events (briefly) and had some kind words for troops in the service that may suffer from PTSD.
Overall, the Misery Will Find You stop in Orlando, FL goes down as one of my favorites I’ve covered so far. Should the tour be stopping near you, I highly suggest you pick up tickets: http://www.theamityaffliction.net/tour.
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