Yellowcard flipped into town with their co-headliner Memphis May Fire along with special guest Emarosa; the three bands brought enough energy to fill three venues.
The co-headlining tour at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI featured 60-minute sets from both Yellowcard and Memphis May Fire. Yellowcard packed it all into their set, playing a mix of hits along with songs from their recently released album, Lift A Sail.
A show beginning with a violin solo is something most don’t expect. Sean Mackin, the longest tenured member of the band, opened the show with “Convocation.” Just like on their new album, it led into the song “Transmission Home.” Those two songs were already enough to grab the attention of every person in the building.
The current set is heavily influenced by Lift A Sail, featuring seven songs from the album. This was definitely appreciated by the fans of the new record, which combines a fresh alternative rock sound with their past punk rock sound. Memphis May Fire front-man, Matty Mullins, joined the band on stage to perform “The Deepest Well,” just as he did on the new record. For the lifelong fans, the end of the show featuring the hits, “Way Away” and “Ocean Avenue,” kicked the sound up a notch. The continuous flow of crowd surfers proved those songs may always remain the bands best. They closed the show with the final song from the new album, a piano driven ballad titled, “California.”
The band truly packed it all into a short set. Incorporating their slightly new sound with their always powerful live show, they are a must see band when rolling through your town.
Memphis May Fire also played a short, but powerful set. The two bands have played many Warped Tour shows together, but Memphis May Fire features a much heavier rock sound than Yellowcard. They opened with “No Ordinary Love,” the first single off of their recently released album Unconditional. They then powered through their set featuring songs from the record along with many hits from their four studio albums. They closed their set with their song “Legacy.”
Emarosa opened the show and they came out hard. Lead singer Bradley Scott Walden was in the crowd within 30-seconds of the band taking the stage. He spent more time on top of the barricade and out in the crowd than he did on stage. The band brought more than enough energy to open the show for the headliners.