Review & Photos By: Casey Conemac
Artist: The Amity Affliction, Silverstein, Holding Absence, & Unitytx
Date: August 30th, 2022
Location: Roseland Theater, Portland Oregon
I showed up to the venue about two hours early eagerly awaiting to be let in. A pro tip is to bring snacks with you while you wait outside in line. VIP was let in first and then general admission, finally it was time to make it up stairs to the stage. It’s always cool to see old friends working security, had a chat with my friend for awhile. If you’ve been shooting shows for awhile you learn to make friends with the right people that are going to help you along the way.
Unitytx was the first band up, they are a American band based out of Dallas, Texas. This is why I show up early to shows, to support the openers. Their sound mixes hardcore breakdowns with sharp riffs with a sprinkle of grunge and hip hop soul. The real takeaway for this band is by breaking genre norms they open up a whole new world of possibilities for making music. They really blew me away for the opener, definitely will be keeping an eye on them for the future.
This was Holding Absence’s second time touring the US. Holding Absence are a rock band from Cardiff, Wales they formed in 2015. They have earned a lot of radio play time for their song “Afterlife”. They played an electric filled set that included “Curse Me With Your Kiss”, “Like A Shadow”, & “Gravity”. Their were some diehard fans in the front screaming every word. Another band to look out for definitely see them going places.
Silverstein have been veterans to the scene for awhile. A lot of their major success came from their first two albums “When Broken Is Easily Fixed” & “Discovering The Waterfall”. They have been on countless tours with bands like “Hawthorne Heights”, “Beartooth”, & “Senses Fail”. So for this show they had a lot of songs to pull from for a very eventful night. Halfway through the show they pulled out this big wheel that had names of songs. They got a member to spin it and whatever it landed on they had to play that song. The setlist included “Vices”, “It’s Over”, & “Smile In Your Sleep”. The emo kid in me was gleefully happy and the crowd loved every minute of it.
The last band to take to the stage was The Amity Affliction. It has been a good minute (2 years to be exact) that the band has done a full U.S. tour in the states. And they didn’t disappoint opening up the show with “Coffin”, “All My Friends Are Dead”, & “Don’t Lean On Me”. A lot of these songs are from personal experiences that the band has endured over the years. Going through heartache and misery finding peace in between. At this point in the show the crowd was ready to open the pit up and start crowd surfing to the front. They closed out the show with fan favorites “Open Letter” and “Death’s Hand”. This is a tour you don’t want to miss, definitely worth making the trip out.
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