Published on July 12th, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin0
Taste of Chaos Recap
Emo was alive and well at Red Rocks on Wednesday night as the Taste of Chaos tour came through town – featuring The Early November, Saosin, Dashboard Confessional and Taking Back Sunday.
My seventeen-year-old self was hopefully optimistic, while my currently 27-year-old self wasn’t sure what to expect – after all, it had been between ten and fifteen years since I was into these bands and they were in their “prime”. It was an early show and one of the hottest days of the week, with doors opening at 4:30 and The Early November starting promptly at 5:30. They only played five songs which I was super sad about, but to my surprise and delight, they sounded almost exactly the same as I remembered. I Want to Hear You Sad was a major highlight.
Next, Saosin came on, which I’m not too familiar with except for the fact that Anthony Green, of Circa Survive, is their current vocalist and he most definitely put on a show. While Saosin may be a bit hard for me, their set was awesome and the crowd was super into it. At one point they even let a few drunk fans come on stage and hardcore dance with them, which was a treat in itself (I haven’t seen anyone hardcore dance in about twelve years).
Taking Back Sunday, my favorite in the lineup, was next. I had been anxious to see Adam Lazzarra – photos floating around the internet recently showed him with a few extra pounds and looking quite different than I remembered. But alas, he walked on stage, and while he was missing his famous long emo bangs hanging in his face, he looked awesome, and John Nolan didn’t look bad either. They played an amazing variety of their songs throughout their career, but it was obvious the crowd was loving the old stuff. At one point, Adam Lazzarra acknowledged the fact that so many were here strictly for nostalgia: “we were there when you got your driver’s license. We were there when you were making out with your high-school sweetheart in the back of your parents car.” The nostalgia was off the charts while they were playing and Lazzarra pulled his signature moves, swinging the mic around, wrapping it around his neck – it was like nothing had changed. Liar Liar, A Decade Under the Influence and Timverwolves vs. New Jersey were the major highlights from their set, but it was all incredible. I was seriously impressed.
Finally, right as it was getting dark, Dashboard Confessional took the stage, opening with Vindicated. Everyone was losing it. I was surprised to see that Dashboard appeared to be who the crowd was the most stoked to see. This set was cool because the lead singer and lead guitarist were constantly switching out their guitars, so you never really knew what was coming next. The stage would go dark, and when the lights came back, the lead singer switched his electric guitar for an acoustic one and played all my favorites – The Best Deceptions, Saints and Sailors, The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most, and, thank emo-jesus, Screaming Infidelities. They sounded exactly like their album sounded coming out of my iPod nano over ten years ago.
Overall, I was super surprised how much all these bands sounded the same as they did when I was in high school. If you’re big on nostalgia like me, go check this tour out of you have the chance!
Written by: Eryn Jones @erynjoooones