On November 19, four groups came together to perform a magnificent demonstration of pop punk and emo rock at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Mom Jeans was the headlining group on the tour, with support from Origami Angel, Save Face and Pool. Kids. The place was crowded from the start, with general low-level admission filling up completely before the start of the opening acts, and with queues almost at the door.
The show started with Pool Kids, and it shouldn’t have started any other way. The group of four brought incredible energy to the crowd with entertaining songs and a great stage presence. Among all the groups to play, The kids by the pool interacted with the audience the most, explaining their personal stories and putting everyone on their toes for the rest of the show. The band members underlined a message to any fan who wants to perform and tour like them: just start. Guitarist and lead singer Christine Goodwyne tells the audience that the group started learning to play instruments through YouTube tutorials, and that’s all it takes to start a band. The band’s set was amazing. Goodwyne described his band’s music with his favorite motto: “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go to Pool Kids shows” which was greeted with an eruption of cheers from all levels of the room.
Following Children Pool was Save Face, a group of four musicians with two supporting members, which immediately caught the eye of spectators with their matching red jumpsuits. The song “Sharpen your teeth” was the first song that opened mosh pits in the lower level GA area. The energy in this part of the hall was reflected on stage, with the lead singer Tyler Povanda brandishing his 6ft tall mic stand like a sword, swinging it around the stage. During his set, Povanda described that the band’s new album, “Another murder for the highlight reel”, is everything about “reclaiming the power you have lost” and “not apologizing to yourself”. Save face’The sound is no stranger to the typical emo sound that has been around for decades, but the band’s stage performance had a lot of uniqueness to its six performers.
Origami Angel has become something of a cult in recent years due to the underground success of his 2019 record, “Somewhere City”. The DC-based duo are made up of guitarist and vocalist Ryland Heagy and drummer Pat Doherty.. Their fan base continues to grow due to their unique sound, which takes the emo rock palette and adds elements of pop, metal and even hip-hop to their soundscape. Their latest album “Gami Gang” capitalizes even more on this notion, which adds elements of folk, trap and bossa nova for good measure.
The band started their set by playing the first four songs of “Gami Gang”, which immediately kicked off the mosh pits and head shots once again. It was also around this time that an influx of crowds started to surf and during the entire shoot at least one person was hoisted up by other low-level audience members. A fun part of the set was watching the hard-working hall members rounding up the surfers before they made their way to the stage, and watching them run along the hall with a giant smile on their faces so that they were returning to the mosh pits. Origami Angel then played “Escape Rope” and “The Title Track”, the two songs from “Somewhere City” (2019). After it was “Neutrogena Spektor,” and during the the outro metal of the song, the biggest mosh pit of the night formed as Ryland screamed the lyrics “It doesn’t matter to me / No it doesn’t matter to me. “ Another special moment came during “Caught on the spot”, or one a sea of phone flashlights began to flutter back and forth, always in a way supporting those who wanted to tread the surf.
Before Mom jeans has begun, the crowd had another moment of collective excitement as the whole crowd sang three songs together which came out over the hall’s speakers: “Chop Suey” (2001) from System of a Down, “Mr. Brightside “(2003) by The Killers and” In the End “(2001) by Linkin Park. Then Mom jeans came with lead Eric Butler and rhythm guitarist Bart Thompson in black shorts and colorful t-shirts. The crowd began to sing for “* Sobs softly *” (2016) like Eric butler sang, “Baby I’m sorry / Things didn’t go the way I expected. “The band also tried a new song “Crybaby (On the Phone)”, which was released eight days before the concert, and the change in tempo of the song increased everyone’s energy tenfold. With yet another sea of mosh pits and surfers, the band played classics like “Edward 40 hands” (2016) and “Pickle Bart” (2016). Before the band’s most famous song, “Death Cup” (2016), Eric suggested to the crowd, “Get your phones out now, I promise you’ll thank me later. “ A roar of approval and thanks came as soon as the guys played the opening riff.
To represent the feeling of the spectators that night, one enthusiastic fan towards the end of the show put it well: “Do it again, start again, everything!” “