Floridian metalcore legends Underoath brought their headlining tour to Playstation Theatre in New York City on Wednesday, December 5th. Underoath returned to the music scene this year with their comeback album Erase Me, resulting in a two part nationwide tour spanning most of 2018 with Dance Gavin Dance. Cloak + Dagger photographer James Perry attended Underoath’s NYC date of the second leg of the Erase Me tour - check out his photos and a review of the band’s performance below:
Underoath, one of the godfathers of modern metalcore, brought their Erase Me Tour to NYC at the Playstation Theatre on December 5th, and everyone was here for it. Opening the show were The Plot in You, Crown the Empire, and Dance Gavin Dance. The entire lineup was stacked, and so was the photo pit for this show. During Underoath's set I felt like I could barely move; it was as if the barrier between the stage and the crowd wasn't even there, but that only motivated me to suck it up and get better shots.
The first three songs have never gone by as fast as they did for this set. Opening with 'On My Teeth' from their newest album, "Erase Me" (the song has since been nominated for a Grammy), followed by the classics 'Young and Aspiring', and 'In Regards To Myself'. I had to stop myself from jamming out instead of taking photos.
The rest of the set was great. They played some songs from all of their popular albums, (the earliest material being from "They're Only Chasing Safety"). It's always great to hear the crowd sing the "I'm drowning in my sleep" gang vocal in the bridge of "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door"; it's almost a religious experience.
This was the third time I've seen Underoath since they came back from a two-year hiatus in 2015, and the first time I got to see them play "Desperate Times, Desperate Measures", my favorite song of theirs from their 2008 album "Lost In The Sound Of Separation".
Before they closed the show, frontman Spencer Chamberlain broke out an acoustic guitar and played a cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box", which was a nice surprise.
Of course, no Underoath show is complete without the band closing with "Writing On The Walls", arguably their most popular song to date. It was, and always will be, a perfect ending to a great show. The set was incredible and went by too fast. I'll always try to catch and shoot Underoath whenever they come around, as they always deliver a great experience.