The night of Wednesday, Nov 18th was an emo and pop-punk filled with emotion. All of the bands played that night at the Royale produce the kind of heart-wrenching tunes that you hand-drum your steering wheel to on long rides to your home town in the pouring rain. They're the kind of jams you turn a shade of blue to. The bands that made me feel all the things Wednesday night were Head North, Sorority Noise, Seaway, Knuckle Puck.
I didn't see all of the Head North set, however, the Buffalo native band warmed up the crowd. They ended with their popular, slow ballad "In the Water".
Sorority Noise was when I, and everyone else felt the most feels. You could split up the show in two parts: the first part was slower, the second part was faster. They were both equally as intense, however. During Sorority's noise intense set, the lead singer, Cameron Boucher, discussed his troubles with depression. He recalled sophomore year of college, where he was out with his friends (of course, at pizza), crying because he didn't know why he felt the way he felt. He didn't know why he felt so terrible.
I've personally never dealt with this unfortunate mental illness, however it affects many people that I care so deeply about. He expressed how hard it is to deal with. He said that he learned who his true friends are. "The friends that tell you to get over it don't understand, and are the worst kind of friends to have," he said. He then sang the moving song "Using". I saw two girls hugging and crying in the crowd, overwhelmed with emotion. I loved seeing how music can really affect people.
I stopped wishing I was dead
Learned to love myself before anyone else
Become more than just a burden
I know I'm more than a worthy of your time
I also loved these sassy lyrics from Dirty Ickles:
When we broke up
You told me to try and find myself
So I found myself in someone else's bed
You could say I'm a fool
But you've had four boyfriends since
I've learned learn to love myself more than I could ever love you
Knuckle Puck, being the headliner, was the most intense and awesome of the night. They had the whole crows chanting "I'll tell you everything is copacetic" even before they played Untitled. Of course when they did, it was glorious.