Senses Fail, supporting their new album If There Is Light, It Will Find You, released in February, brought their high-energy pop punk show to Baltimore Soundstage. Accompany the guys were Reggie and The Full Effect, hometown heroes Have Mercy, and Minneapolis’ up-and-coming lo-fi pop-punkers, Household.
Household started out the night and quickly got the crowd’s attention as people filed in for their early set. They had captivating melodies, and won over a difficult audience. Interestingly, each member of the band sang, and they had really cool harmonies throughout their set.
Have Mercy took the stage and the energy was already high, many people came out just to see them as Baltimore, MD is their hometown. They had the biggest smiles on their faces as they took the stage, and lead singer Brian Swindle even pointed to his family members over on the side, including his nephew. You could feel their excitement and pride from across the room. Have Mercy brought their emo vibes and touchingly sad songs to the venue, and it was lit with emotion. You could tell some fans had been waiting a while to hear them play, and they did not disappoint.
Reggie and The Full Effect played arguably the most entertaining set of the night, bringing their usual mix of music and comedy, minus the costume changes as lead singer James Dewees stated a half hour set wasn’t enough time. Their signature synth rang true in songs like “Happy V-Day,” one of the staples of their set, which had the crowd going wild. Dewees mentioned that the first time Senses Fail toured with them was when Buddy Nielsen was only 19 years old, and their relationship continued all these years until they were asked to come out on this tour. There were long-time fans of both Reggie and Senses Fail there, and the bond was shown through them.
Finally, Senses Fail took the stage. From song one, you could tell the crowd was ready. Buddy Nielsen did all of his signature tricks; swinging the mic, a split jump, and having the crowd sing along. The post-hardcore veterans put on a high-energy, yet moody set, including the classics, and their new songs, having a healthy mix of old and new. All in all, their fans were so excited to hear it all, and it was clear Senses Fail isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Remaining Senses Fail Tour Dates:
03/20 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
03/21 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
03/22 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
03/23 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
03/24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
03/26 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
03/27 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
03/29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
03/30 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
03/31 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl