Photos and Writing by Adam Rodrigues
Energy, Excitement, Guitar riffs, sing alongs and stage presence.
The power of live music was in full effect when The Menzingers: On the Impossible Past 10 Year Anniversary Tour came to The Underground in Charlotte, NC.
Screaming Females opened the night up and set the tone for what was to follow. Fronted by a shy and soft spoken woman, she blew everyone away by the explosiveness of her abilities. Raw guitar riffs, vocals that could be described as melodic with a dash of soul and purpose, she showed the audience her dedication to her craft. Backed by equally talented musicians on drums and bass, the trio played their set and humbly accepted their praise at the end of each song while remaining ready to dive back in and give the people more.
Touche Amore took the stage next. Hardcore anthems, passionate felt vocals and a mix of breakdowns with tempo changes to showcase their talent and diversity along with their engaging presence for their fans. I have heard them a few times before years ago but with live music, seeing is believing. If your heart rate was below 80 before their set, I guarantee it didn’t stay there long. As their set came to a close, they reminded the crowd what passion and music felt and looked like.
Enter the Band of the night…. The Menzingers. Not one single person in the crowd remained still as they captivated everyone with their sing alongs with tales of heartbreak, past experiences and redemption. These veterans played with smiles, purpose and heartfelt energy. Supplied with two alternating frontmen, each took their job seriously to make sure their legacy they’ve set throughout the year was cemented throughout each individual who shared their passion for punk music with honest story telling. Hands thrust in the air with each song signifying the crowds approval to their music that filled the air with emotion and happy overtones.