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Photos and Words by Clarissa Villondo

The past year has felt like an emo revival. I saw Brand New twice since last summer. I shot Motion City Soundtrack’s 10th anniversary tour of Commit This to Memory. I shot Geoff Rickly of Thursday at Rock & Roll Hotel. Taking Back Sunday sold out the 9:30 Club. Who knew Taking Back Sunday were popular enough to sell out the 9:30 Club.

That was made possible by the aging 20-30 year olds who were slowly but not quickly enough growing up enough for the emo bands they loved in the early 2000s. I won’t lie, I’m one of them. I screamed when I got confirmation to shoot Taking Back Sunday at the 9:30 Club. I decided to wear my black clothes from the early to mid-2000s, like a (once) black MacBeth t-shirt and Chucks.

I also had to convince people that no, I didn’t want Adam Lazzara more than my boyfriend. Boyfriend 1, Lazzara 0.

Taking Back Sunday

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letlive. went on stage before the scheduled set time and before the sound guy wasn’t ready. You can only imagine what that sounded like. The lighting guy also might not have been ready, it was dark for most of their set. Singer Jason Butler flung himself over the barricade and ran through the crowd screaming lyrics into his mic. letlive. let the feelings that would be an emo revival with every emo monologue and the one and only mosh pit through one emo song. Then, they quoted Notorious B.I.G.

Well then.

The Menzingers

The Menzingers played when both the sound and light guys were ready. It was like 2002 punk all over again and I mean that in the best way possible. The Menzingers played one of my favorites, “I Don’t Want to Be an Asshole Anymore.” No one was an asshole at this show. Everyone was mature and civil, unlike the last few shows I’ve been at this past year with teenage children who acted like entitled assholes. I barely saw any cell phones in their air. It was like seeing a show in the early 2000s all over again.

“We’re getting to that! How about you stop yelling at me before I throw this microphone at you.”

Taking Back Sunday

Adam Lazzara and co. sang all of the emo hits I remember since the last time I really listened to their discography in 2009. As embarrassing as it might be, I was singing along to lyrics while in the photo pit and screaming (and nearly crying) outside of it. Lazzara had his expected microphone swinging and unexpected handstand. The reminiscing stories of how much they love the 9:30 Club were told. The key songs for the set seemed to be off Tell All Your Friends with the crowd, but the crowd reacted well to all songs from Happiness Is… Lazzara’s son Keys joined the band, sitting on his dad’s shoulders, and introduced the band’s first encore song “Call Me in the Morning.”

All in all, this is one of my favorite shows this year. Through all of the air guitar, moshing with yourself and watching Taking Back Sunday from behind tall Alan Moore of Kill Lincoln, I didn’t want this show to end. Lazzara had to put his kid to bed though so it had to end.

tl;dr: #emorevival = warm feels

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