[Recap] Taking Back Sunday at the Electric Factory 3/22/15

A Decade Under The Influence ... of Taking Back Sunday



Taking Back Sunday, The Menzingers and Let Live performed at the Electric Factory both Saturday 3/21 and Sunday 3/22. I attended the show on Sunday.

Let Live took the stage promptly at 7pm on Sunday night. The quintet put on an energetic set that was straight up fun to witness. Towards the end of their short set the lead singer leapt into the crowd and a bunch of pits formed around him and craziness ensued. I actually wanted the set to go on longer than it did, which is extremely rare for an opening band.

The Menzingers performed a much tamer but solid 12 song set. Their sound is very polished, which is especially impressive with two lead singers. The crowd obviously loved the band and sang along to the catchy “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore.”

Taking Back Sunday entered at 9:15, after what felt like an eternity (but was probably nothing more than anticipation). The sextet performed a setlist almost identical to the night before, which could be a bit disappointing to fans that attended both nights, but I was thrilled with it. I admit Taking Back Sunday is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, but I haven’t delved into anything after Louder Now. I was nervous I wouldn’t know many songs during the set, but it was full of old hits from Tell All Your Friends and Where You Want to Be. It was clear that I wasn’t alone in wanting to hear those old songs. The crowd screamed along to every word.

With the exception of the digital graphics on the stage, lead singer Adam Lazarra was really the only interesting component visually. His image, his hip shake, and his mic throws all appear to indicate that he is comfortable as a rock star. His voice was impeccable and the band sounded just like their albums. Lazarra admitted his occasional banter between songs wasn’t terribly entertaining because he spent the day watching Parks and Recreation and was in “Leslie Knope mode” and just felt like providing the facts. Luckily, the fans didn’t seem to mind.


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Megan Hawkey is the co-founder of Riot-Nerd. She is a 34-year-old concert photographer. She lives in Fishtown with her supportive husband and their 2 rescued Pitbull mixes.

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