Though Max Bemis and his beloved schizo-emotional Rock project Say Anything topped the bill for Friday evening’s sold out Starland Ballroom showcase, it was obvious while witnessing a set by New Jersey’s own Front Bottoms, and the sudden elbow room that developed following their performance, who this hometown crowd was here to see.
Say Anything offered a well-balanced balanced setlist that included several cuts from Bemis’ most recent sans-guitar but no shortage of special guests experiment Hebrews, as well such …Is A Real Boy favorites as “Spider Song” and “Belt”.
However, it was The Front Bottoms and their stage show, which included blow up paraphernalia, wind-dancing aliens, and collaborative musical riots with Emo revivalist Floridians You Blew It! (who are on the road in support of their celebrated 2014 release Keep Doing What You’re Doing) and the Brooklyn-hardened Pop-Punks that are The So So Glos (who’s 2013 breakout LP Blowout landed prominently on SIMGE’s Top 50 Releases of the Year list), while winding through selections from their self-titeld debut (“Looking Like You Just Woke Up”, “Maps”, “The Beers”), 2013’s acclaimed Talon Of The Hawk (“Au Revoir (Adios)”, “Skeleton”, and set closer “Twin Sized Mattress”), and the recently unveiled Rose EP.
Check out photos from the evening below: