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Concert review: The Amity Affliction at the Encore

Joel Birch looks over the sold out crowd at the Encore courtesy of Amanda Mourelatos

The Amity Affliction performed at the Encore music venue in Tucson with the Seafloor Cinema and Archetypes Collide as openers April 23. 

The show kicked off at 7 p.m. with the Seafloor Cinema, a three-piece alternative indie rock band on their first national tour. 

This sold-out show had people packed from the barricade to the merchandise tables in the back of the venue.

Although not as well known by the crowd, people were bobbing their heads and were very immersed in the music. The musicians were lively, and — all having long hair — were very visual onstage. 

They played some of their hit songs, such as “Crash Nebula…On Ice!,”Nightjammer,” “Such Smol Hands” and “Tap Tapply.” 

Justin Murry, lead singer and bassist of the Seafloor Cinema, summed up his Tucson performing experience in three words. 

“It was sick,” Murry said. 

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Direct support was provided by Archetypes Collide with a much heavier performance to work up to the main event.

More headbanging broke out throughout the crowd as well as some mosh pits. 

They played their most popular songs such as “Undertow,” “Fractures,” “Becoming What I Hate” and more. However, the song that got the biggest rise from and was most familiar to the crowd was a cover of Linkin Park’s “Crawling.”

As upsetting as the lead singer of Linkin Park Chester Bennington’s passing was and still is to many, this song brought almost the entire audience together. Countless people waved their arms and sang along. It was a very raw moment between the performers and the audience.

Shortly after 10 p.m., the Amity Affliction hit the stage. 

They played their many hit songs, such as “All Fucked Up,” “Like Love,” “Drag The Lake,” “Don’t Lean on Me,” “D.I.E,” “Feels Like I’m Dying,” “Born to Die” and many more. 

The lead singer, Joel Birch, was animated and in tune with the vibe from the crowd. He used hand motions to match the song lyrics and kept moving from left to right stage to stay connected with his bandmates.

When the band left and came back for the encore, they ended the night with their songSoak Me in Bleach.”

This song, being as raw and emotional as it is, got a huge reaction from the audience when it began. The whole venue echoed Birch’s voice one last time.

Asher Benning is a huge Amity fan and loved the performers. 

“This is the sexiest bunch of performers I’ve ever seen,” Benning said.

Jojo Krzysik, a junior majoring in physiology at the University of Arizona, had an amazing experience overall.

“It was an amazing concert, and high energy from the people around me made the experience so much better,” Krzysik said. 

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