Stir Cove knows how to bring a long week to a proper end. A Day to Remember gave us a night we won’t soon forget on Friday. Now, I usually know when I’m heading into the cove at the very least, the genre for the evening’s entertainment. This one, however, was a group I hadn’t heard of and didn’t really know what to expect. Walking in, I immediately put it together. The young concert goers, the tattoos and piercings, and a lot of black clothing. Got it, it’s about to get real loud in here.
The band literally came out with a bang. And a sweet smoke show. I was so pleasantly surprised with the theatrics they offered. I’ve certainly been to my fair share of hardrock shows having spent a lot of my youth at the Ranch Bowl, Sokol, and Sokol Underground. But it’s been a while since I’ve seen a circle pit. Lead singer, Jeremy McKinnon, encouraged the audience to crowd surf the crowd surfers. Apparently that’s where you have someone attempting to surf on top of the crowd surfer. Thank goodness for the security folks at the front of the stage. The band even expressed their gratitude for them. Through all the flying shoes, we were able to catch glimpses of the young boy who was invited on stage. What a riot! The kid knew the words to the song and threw those horns up with pride. So. Cool.
We didn’t have to know the music. It was just a fun, kickass show. Depending on who you ask, sometimes these hardcore concerts can kind of have a negative stigma surrounding them. But I can’t express enough how much the opposite it usually is. The crowd was filled with polite, responsible people. And I honestly think that the clean up had to have been much easier than most other nights. I saw people picking the empty bottles they found on the ground. That made me smile.
It was not a full house, but I’m so glad I got to be there. It really took me back! Thanks to Stir Cove, staff, and security. This was just another great presentation in a season that refuses to stop. Cheers!