Circa Survive and Touché Amoré recently tore through Denver’s Summit Music Hall, as part of the bands’ current US tour to the delight of a packed house filled with devoted fans that zipped in from all corners of Colorado. Support for the bill was rounded out by Balance and Composure and O’brother for what proved to be the hottest ticket in town with Blow The Scene on hand to capture an exclusive set of photos for your viewing pleasure.
Balance and Composure got the crowd going with their patented blend of punk-rock-infused indie, as the band continues to support a grip of of current releases on No Sleep Records. With impecable stage presence, the band was able to work the crowd into a frenzy for Touché Amoré. Every song Balance and Composure played was high electric, accompanied by waves of emotion that could be read all over front man Jon Simmons‘ face as he belted lyric after lyric with the crowd yelling along with heart.
Just moments prior to Touché Amoré‘s set, a skirmish broke out somewhere near the front of the stage, serving as a premonition of the chaos that was about to ensue. The second Touché Amoré stepped out of the darkness, the angry youth and die hard fans rushed to the front, grinding teeth with knuckles white, and a few crowd surfing their way to the front before a note even came from the monitors above the stage. High energy punk-rock, powerful and positively violent, this is what a Touché Amoré show looks like. Emitting raw energy upon the crowd and harnessing it as the crowd reciprocates, Touché Amoré provided a truly stunning performance. The Summit Music Hall erupted when Touché Amoré played new song “~” and the ever popular “Home Away From Home” off of the band’s Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me full-length on Deathwish Inc. The crowd all but exploded as Anthony Green of Circa Survive walked on stage to sing some heavy back up vocals towards the end of “Honest Sleep”. Touché Amoré will be touring Europe with Converge before ripping through Southeast Asia and Australia before we hit 2013, keeping pace as one of the hardest working hardcore bands around. Blow The Scene will be featuring our second Touché Amoré interview with singer Jeremy Bolm in the very near future, so keep an eye peeled! If you missed out first interview with Jeremy, scope it here.
Last and certainly not least, Circa Survive put on an unforgettable live performance, rendering many concertgoers speechless, as they continue to support their most recent studio work, Violent Waves. Recorded by renowned engineer Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA, the album marks the band’s first DIY effort since departing from major labels. With an impressive #15 debut on Billboard Top 200 in September, the band is riding a wave of momentum as was evidenced by the standing room only music hall. Opening with fan favorite “Act Appalled,” the venue erupted. With a wild, almost Tetris-like lighting set up, as well as confetti cannons; Circa Survive packed the excitement on their tour bus as well as their gear. There wasn’t a word missed at the venue, the crowd sung every song word for word along with Anthony Green, like a 2,000 person choir. Their was a sense of nostalgia that filled the venue, while Anthony Green was on stage singing his heart out it felt more like a family reunion then a concert. With everybody singing along together, all with Cheshire grins painted across faces, it wasn’t hard to feel as though we were all a part of something greater then the show happening on the stage in front of us. Circa Survive ended the show with an encore of the beautiful and elegant tack “Get Out,” which couldn’t have been a better song to end the night on.
We are very excited to offer Blow The Scene readers the first photo submission by Denver-based photographer Joshua Chase. We hope you’ll be seeing a lot more from Chase as we broaden our show coverage to the West Coast and around the world.
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All pictures by Photographer Joshua Chase.