I first started listening to mewithoutYou 10 years ago after I saw them open for Coheed and Cambria in Worcester, MA when I was a Freshmen at Holy Cross. A lot of their music has been really important in my life, but I’ve never gotten the chance to see them again.
‘The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die’ is a really cool band from the same part of the world as me and had one of the best records of last year.
Needless to say I was really excited about this gig. Here’s an excerpt from my B247 review and some extra pictures of both bands and the openers, Delta Sleep.
A band with a history as interesting and layered as their lyrical content, mewithoutYou are known for having a strong spiritual and mystical influence in their writing. During the track ‘Fox’s Dream of the Log Flume‘, the influence of various mysticism provides allegorical references in the lyrics and a rich dynamic of passionate rock and trance like harmonising.
Their command of the raw and chaotic kinetic energy that flows through their music allows them to push their sound to the point of breaking, emotionally and aurally, and stir the crowd into a frenzy.
Performing tracks primarily from their critically acclaimed, sophomore album, “Harmless”, TWIABP‘s set ebbed and flowed with tracks meant to build up, fall and fall, leave the listener misty eyed, only to have them reach euphoria before the process begins again.
During ‘January 10th, 2014’ and ‘From the Crow’s Nest on Fire Street’, the band was able to build momentum and embrace the music they had created, but TWIABP have an ambitious but interesting task of juxtaposing a heavy influence of the simple and raw tracks of early emo bands and sprawling ambients epics, like Explosions in the Sky.