A Long Awaited Reunion | My Chemical Romance performs back-to-back nights at TD Garden.

Boston, MA | TD Garden | 9/7/2022

After nearly a decade away, followed by 2+ years of additional delays, My Chemical Romance were finally able to take the stage in Boston, with all the furious passion and energy that has rightfully earned them their devoted fanbase since the early aughts. Kicking off their set with the explosive comeback single “The Foundations of Decay” could not have been a more perfect overture to the evening’s festivities, as it blended seamlessly into a set that celebrated both the band’s infectious hits (“Welcome to the Black Parade”, “I’m Not OK (I Promise)”, “Famous Last Words”) and ferocious deep cuts (“Bury Me in Black”, “Thank You for the Venom”). 

Singer Gerard Way commanded the audience’s attention with ease, belting the highest notes and snarling quasi-metal shrieks, all while donning a haunting “Black Swan”-esque suit to match the mood. While the rest of the band was dressed more conservatively compared to the iconic frontman, they did not lack one bit of his intensity, with lead guitarist Ray Toro ripping out some of his tightest solos, rhythm guitarist Frank Iero screaming along to double up on Gerard’s ferocity, and Mikey Way holding down the rapid-fire low end whilst patrolling the stage. 

The night only slowed down briefly for the fan-favorite ballad “The Ghost of You”, which overwhelmed the Boston arena with a cascade of cellphone lighters from everywhere the eye could see. This (along with countless other moments) showed not only how captivating these songs have been over the last 20+ years, but also is a testament to how much My Chemical Romance stood the test of time and grew with their fanbase, never merely being a nostalgic footnote and always striking with greater ambition than their contemporaries. 

My Chemical Romance yet again proved their resilience and cultural impact as a band at this show, and while set closer “Helena” ended the evening with the oh-so-famous cadence of “So long and goodnight”, we can all be very thankful that we won’t have to wait another decade to hear from them again.

Guest review by Brent McCann

Photos from: Boston, MA | TD Garden | 9/8/2022

Photos by: Amanda (Mandy) Spring

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Diamante ft Silent Season – Blue Balls Holiday Tour 2019 | Photos + Review

Silent Season

Diamante brought her Blue Balls Holiday Tour to the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on Saturday, November 23rd. It was a night full of high-octane rock that we’ve come to expect from the fledgling blue-haired rock goddess, and her hometown of Boston was more than ready for the festivities.

The evening was opened by Massachusetts metal veterans Silent Season, who played an airtight mix of active radio rock reminiscent of bands such as Breaking Benjamin and Staind.  Their energy spoke clearly through their performance and crowd interactions, although there were moments in the set where I couldn’t help but feel some of their songs blending together.

Nevertheless, after Silent Season warmed up the crowd during their hour-long set, Diamante took the stage at 10:30 sharp. She immediately commanded everyone’s attention with her voice and showmanship, opening with the fiery single “Kind of Love”. Her band had no problem keeping up with this pace, joining her in getting the crowd to sing along for “Haunted” and “Sound of Us”. It’s hard to believe that at only 23 years old, Diamante acts with arguably more professionalism than some artists twice her age, hitting notes flawlessly and giving off complete confidence that comes naturally.  If this show is any indication, it is apparent that Diamante is more than ready to be playing arenas in the near future.

 

Diamante

Photos & review courtesy of : Amanda Spring 

The Veer Union w/ NeverWake, Saved By Skarlet, and Cross The Divide | 10 Year Anniversary Tour 2019

Cross The Divide

Saved By Skarlet

NeverWake

The Veer Union

The Veer Union | NeverWake | Saved By Skarlet | Cross The Divide

Photos courtesy of Amanda Spring | 5/14/19

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An HONEST review of “Mania” by Fall Out Boy

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One would expect Fall Out Boy to make another pop album along the lines of American Beauty/American Psycho. Their new album Mania, however, is all over the place and never really finds its focus. The first single, “Young And Menace”, is a shrill dub-step mess that does not lend itself well to Patrick’s voice and well overstays its run time. “Champion” is at best a bland overly repetitive track that feels like it was tailor-made for radio. The track, “Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)”, is the one glimmer of hope for this album and it seems to have been added for their old fans to show that they didn’t forget about them. With that being said, Mania is still bogged down in mediocre pop ideas that never really connect and leaves the listener with an album that’s more confusing than catchy; a damning sentence for a band that supposedly sold their souls to save rock and roll. 2/10

Review courtesy of Amanda Spring

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Zero The Clock

The band is from North Attleboro Massachusetts, and this was their first show in about six months. When they first got on stage people were at the back of the room but once they started playing everyone moved up super close to the stage. The crowd was wild, lots of moshing. The band seemed to be really enjoying themselves, and the crowd seemed very into the music

Photography by : Amanda Spring 

The Shakes | 1/21/17

The Shakes put on a great show at The Middle East Upstairs in Boston. I was not expecting such a soulful voice from the singer, it was a very pleasant surprise for a music scene that is dominated by metal and hardcore bands. You could see Big Mike (singer and guitarist) put his heart into his performance and his guitar solos were absolutely dripping with emotion. For those who appreciate alternative blues bands such as The Black Keys or The White Stripes but with an extra kick, make sure to give The Shakes a listen.

Photography by : Amanda Spring 

 

The Broken Few – EP Release Party

I had the opportunity to photograph The Broken Fews EP release party on October 8, 2016 at the News Cafe in Pawtucket Rhode Island. Being that it was taking place at quite a small bar, i didnt expect too much of a crowd. Let me tell you, they proved me wrong. As soon as the band took the stage and started singing, or rather screaming, everyone started jumping around. They picked up the singer and had him crowd surf around the tiny bar. The energy at the show was intense, and everyone started moshing to the music causing me to run to safety to protect my camera! All in all it was one of my most interesting local shows ive had a chance to photograph, so do yourself a favor, if you like moshing and bands with high energy go check out The Broken Few. 

Photos & Review by :Amanda Spring 

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