LIVE REVIEW: The Amity Affliction, Senses Fail, Silent Planet, & Belmont – 1/8/19 @ Gas Monkey Bar n’ Grill

The Misery Will Find You tour got the sold-out Dallas crowd off their feet with an incredibly talented line up from start to finish. The Gas Monkey Bar n’ Grill was filled from the moment the doors opened at 6:00 and packed even tighter by the time the opener played at 6:50.

The first band to storm the stage was Belmont, proudly hailing from Chicago. Although just releasing their debut album five months ago, Belmont’s sound, stage presence, and energy is that of more seasoned bands. Despite them being sort of the odd-man out on this tour, as a pop-punk band, they still dominated the stage and got the crowd nice and warmed up for the heavier sets that followed.

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Silent Planet @ Gas Monkey Bar n’ Grill, Dallas, TX. Photo by Lauren Frederick.

The next band in the lineup was the California metalcore band, Silent Planet. They opened with a song off of their most recent album called “The New Eternity,” which embodies the vision of Silent Planet and demonstrates the poetic nature of their lyrics. Garrett Russell, the front man, fearlessly took the stage without wearing shoes. This did not slow him down at all, as he jumped off stage several times to get closer with the crowd and make some of the audience member’s dreams come true by screaming into the mic. As their powerful set came to a close, fans remained amped up because they knew it wouldn’t be long until the headliners took the stage.

At approximately 8:00, the stage went dark and the New Jersey post-hardcore band, Senses Fail exploded out with one of their most popular songs, “Can’t Be Saved.” They played a generous mix of some older nostalgic songs that built up to the song “Double Cross,” from their newest album If There’s Light, It Will Find You. Every song built upon the last with a symbiotic exchange of energy from the crowd to the entertainers on stage. The lead vocalist, Buddy Nielsen, swinging his mic around, doing cartwheels, karate kicks, and even doing one-armed push ups, showed no signs of slowing down. Every person in the crowd was moving along to their infectious liveliness. As their set came to a close, the eager crowd gathered their remaining energy for the final band.

The Amity Affliction @ Gas Monkey Bar n’ Grill, Dallas, TX. Photo by Lauren Frederick.

At 9:00, the stage was once again washed with darkness as the Australian metalcore band prepared for their set. With a burst of light, The Amity Affliction opened with one of their newer songs, “Drag The Lake.” They had a healthy mix of newer songs from their most recent album, Misery, while still playing several fan favorites like “Pittsburgh” and “Death’s Hand.” Although the band’s new music incorporates more electronic backtracking, these songs flowed very organically with the band’s older, heavier music. The vocalist duo of Ahren Stringer and Joel Birch engaged the crowd and kept them up on their feet the entire set, sending several people upwards to surf the crowd and scream their hearts out, new fans and veterans alike.

As their set seemingly came to a close, the stage once again went dark and chants from the crowd filled the air: “One more song, one more song!” Not a single person left their spot in the crowd. They were determined. And they would get their wish, as The Amity Affliction took the stage once more and closed out the night with their song, “All Fucked Up.” This worldly band put on an incredible show that wrapped a great night in Dallas. You missed out if you didn’t attend this jam-packed night of killer music. If you couldn’t catch this show, keep an eye out for The Amity Affliction’s next tour, they’re a must-see. You won’t be disappointed!

– Lauren Frederick

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The Amity Affliction/Sense Fail 2019 Tour Dates

01/09/2019 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
01/11/2019 – New Orleans, LA @ The Joy Theater
01/12/2019 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
01/13/2019 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
01/15/2019 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
01/16/2019 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
01/18/2019 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
01/19/2019 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
01/20/2019 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
01/22/2019 – New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
01/24/2019 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
01/25/2019 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
01/26/2019 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
01/27/2019 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
01/29/2019 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
01/30/2019 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
02/01/2019 – Denver, CO @ Summit
02/02/2019 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
02/04/2019 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
02/05/2019 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
02/07/2019 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spaces
02/08/2019 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
02/09/2019 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent


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