This Thursday, I had the absolute best time at the Pierce the Veil concert at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto’s east end. The band’s Collide With The Sky (2012) album is by far one of my favourite records of all time; it’s one of those albums that emerge in your life during the exact time that you need its music the most. As a side story, I actually came across them on Tumblr (which I used to use far diligently in my more angst-ridden teenage years), in the form of a photo that read, “And I will soon forget the colour of your eyes, and you’ll forget mine.” These were words that spoke volumes to me and resonated with a then eighteen-year-old Emily who was extremely inexperienced in life and felt like any unrequited crush was a tragic tale of love and loss. Feeling like the biggest scorned romantic on the face of the earth, I Googled the words I had just discovered and found that they were lyrics to a song that was part of a soon to be released album. I had never heard of Pierce the Veil prior to that day, but I downloaded the full album the day it came out and quickly fell in love with the entirety of it. It was not just that song that I liked (still to this day though, it resonates with me, but in a way far more evolved than the me of five and a half years ago would ever imagine); every single song spoke to me in a way that made me feel like so many of my thoughts and feelings were being made into music. It still has a resounding effect on me today. Though this record surfaced in my later adolescent years, it has nonetheless managed to make its way into one of the best ’emotional support’ albums of my teenage life, for lack of better phrasing. But I digress.
With this backstory in mind however, you can clearly see why I felt the necessity to go see this band perform live. Like any group that has made a tremendous influence on my life, they became a bucket list concert. I was ready to go see them on my own, but my brother — fellow punk lover and musician himself — made arrangements to join me. He was not only excited to see the headlining band, but also the two openers, Crown the Empire and Falling in Reverse (both of which I honestly never listened to, save for maybe a few songs, prior to the concert).
After watching them both perform live however, I will definitely be downloading their music to my phone in the coming week! Not only during the openers, but also during Pierce the Veil’s set, there was a lot of moshing. More than I anticipated. For some reason, I felt everyone would just be bobbing along to the music, not forming the Wall of Death or creating a human cyclone of terror in a Circle Mosh. I was actually extremely grateful to have my brother standing beside me and deflecting all incoming hurling bodies while I attempted to record my favourite songs on my phone (while not actually looking at the phone, because I don’t want to spend a concert looking at it through a screen when it’s happening live right in front of me). Part of my absolute favourite song of there’s, Hold On ‘Til May, is here:
The concert was so incredible overall, and I’m so glad that I went. Their live performance was just as good as I had hoped that it would be, and the show that they put on was amazing. Although I wish that had played more from Collide With the Sky, they ended their set with King For a Day, which — in both my and Alex’s opinion — was the best note to end the concert on.
Did you go to their Wednesday or Thursday night Toronto shows? Have you seen PTV live? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!