Concert Review: Joyce Manor, The Hotelier, Crying

I just got back from seeing Joyce Manor with The Hotelier and Crying at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. We took the train to lovely Brooklyn which is always so nice. It usually goes a lot faster than expected, and then you’re suddenly in a totally different place. BK feels a lot like San Francisco to me because it’s lower and you can look out. Also lots of hipsters, gentrification, real estate wars and bicyclists. So some of the good and some of the bad.

We missed some of Crying’s set which was sad because I like them, but the songs we did hear were awesome. She has a sick voice and their music has a really unique sound (especially the electronic shit and the drums).

The Hotelier was okay. When I was a lot more emo/sad I really liked their album It Never Goes Out (2007), but I never really got into their other music. Unfortunately they really didn’t play anything off of said known album, and the stuff they did play I did not like as much. Also some asshole guys on the balcony were yelling mean things at the band and throwing beer which occasionally hit us. Nice! These asshole guys will make another appearance later in this review.

Joyce Manor was dope as always. I’ve seen them approximately 6 times including at tiny SF spaces like Amoeba and The Chapel. They were as fun as ever! Insane energy, crazy crowd, and Barry is always a great/engaging frontman. The friend who came with me to the show was laughing at me earlier in the night for saying I’m not emo/pop punk because, as she pointed out: “We’re here aren’t we!” However, my lack of knowledge of recently released Joyce Manor was proof of my no longer being (as) emo. I don’t know their most recently released two albums very well. I was also totally the person most excited in the crowd when they played shit off their demo. The new stuff was fun live, and I’ve listened to and enjoyed it before, but it’s not as good as ST or their other early stuff in my opinion. Every time I see them they play fewer of the songs I love which is sad, but tonight they did play Housewarming Party which could be my all time favorite song.

So it was a good show. However, unfortunately, aforementioned assholes threw a fucking folding chair down on the crowd from the balcony which hit me in the eye. My eye currently has a bump and is red and hurts. So fuck that. I hate when punk/rock/emo/pop punk shows get so rowdy that only a select few members of the crowd (usually larger men) get to have a fun time. Moshing, pushing, stage diving etc is dope but not when at the expense of others. And chair throwing is never chill . . . Literally fuck that. Music Hall of Williamsburg people were super cool about it though. They sent the manager out to say he was sorry and would take care of it. Apparently the guys were arrested.

Regardless of injuries it was a super fun show! Thank you BK! Thank you Joyce Manor! Thank you Music Hall of Williamsburg!

Also I’m listening to The Band while writing this, and it’s so damn good go listen.

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