Most bands don’t perform their album in its entirety, and if they do, it’s generally 10 years later. (Or a hiatus, a few lineup changes and 10 years later.) Pierce The Veil are not most bands. The quartet—who graces MC’s July 2016 cover—decided they wanted to offer their fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see their latest release Misadventures played in full. After all, they had waited quite some time for it. (Four years to be exact.) So it isn’t a shocker that their final show of the tour at the Mayan in Los Angeles was sold out.
One of the best things about Pierce The Veil is their ability to put on a high-energy, high-production performance. They consistently put together cohesive shows that are complete with wonderful lighting and props, and as someone who has seen them quite a few times before, this show was no exception. With 10 years of experience together as a band, there is no denial that they have nailed stage presence, performance and banter. First time listeners of the band might not have even been able to tell that the songs they were playing hadn’t been a part of the repertoire for years with how well they handled them live.
There is a bit of a catch, however, to performing a new album in its entirety. While it is true that it was a treat to see Pierce The Veil come out with all of their new songs and put them out there for fans so they can hear something fresh, there did seem to be something lacking when favorites like “Caraphernelia,” “Besitos,” and “I’m Low On Gas And You Need A Jacket” weren’t on the setlist. Yes, they have been played for years, but there was an undeniable surge in energy when the guys encored with Collide With The Sky favorites “King for a Day” and “Bulls in the Bronx.” That obviously is no fault of the band’s, and in no way diminished the night’s live performance, it’s just a little bit harder to get into an album played fully when it hasn’t reached that iconic status worthy of a 10-year-anniversary tour.
Text and photos by Victoria Patneaude
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