As if a broken air conditioner during dead summer heat isn’t enough. Set It Off came to Nashville, TN last week at the Basement East with Emarosa, Broadside & Selfish Things. Upon my arrival I automatically knew I was in for one heck of a show. The line formed early and only grew larger as we approached door times. The crowd… very mixed from young kids with their parents to older scenesters the line definitely catered to ALL who were there.
First to take the stage was Canada’s very own, Selfish Things. This was my second time seeing these guys in Nashville this year and their set was electric. Chirps around me by fans who came out early but did not know who they were stating things like “I think I found my new favorite band!” only backed up how strong of a performance they had. Driving emotion and energy into the song why being humbled on the opportunity they had to join the tour shortly before it started. They left a tall task for all the other bands to follow BUT I should have known the whole tour was ready to tear the house down.
Victory Records powerhouse, Broadside then took stage. Seeing them a few times before but never like this. They seemed like they were cutting loose and having fun up there. Tons of sass and poses thrown the crowds way just showing them they were having a great time up there. As the night went on and the energy rose so did the temperature and the amount of sweat that was layering the floor. Once Broadside ended the crowd around me prepared themselves for as they called them… EMOROJA.
Emarosa took the stage and with their new sound they couldn’t have found a better tour to be direct support. With the new wave Michael Jackson vibes and Bradley’s tremendous vocal range the crowd got pulled in. After each song the crowd got louder, Walden joking when announcing they only had two songs left “Im not sure if that’s cause we’re going to be up here longer or because we’re getting off the stage soon.” Veteran fans of Emarosa have adjusted to the new sound (some have not) but after seeing it live for the first time I am confident in saying this band FINALLY found its niche.
The two minute mark to midnight hit and the crowd erupted knowing they were that close to seeing Set It Off. The count down concluded and out came the headliner. I played a show with them back in NJ and to my surprise as I haven’t kept up really since, they had a line up of three people. As a bassist I am always impartial to not having that instrument on stage but with a front man like Cody Carson what they have suited them perfectly. The energy on stage matching each hit and it reflected in the crowd. Even with inside temperatures being well over 80 degrees Nashville brought it. This was one heck of a tour line up.