While on their "The Gang Hits The Road" tour with Stray From the Path, Reign Supreme, and Betrayal, The Ghost Inside made a stop in Poughkeepsie, NY at The Loft. The show drew a rather large crowd despite the show being in the middle of the week and featuring bands like Betrayal who had never toured the east coast before.
First up was the aforementioned Betrayal from Los Angeles, California. Despite never having played so far from home before, the band certainly felt more than welcome here. The band powered through their set with their blistering brand of hardcore that got the night off on the right foot. Though I was already a fan before seeing them, their set was a really convincing one to those who may have never heard of them before.
Next up was Long Island's own, Stray From the Path. The band has made a few trips to the area in the past and it seems that this may have been one of their bigger crowds to dates here. Live, they are just as impressive as they are on record. They played a nice mix of songs off both of their records during their set. Of course, they played their new single, 'Damien", as well as the fan-favorite, "Negative and Violent". As a fan myself, it was nice to finally catch these guys live.
Following Stray From the Path was Reign Supreme. While I'm not a fan, I did enjoy their set. The band gave a ton of energy as most hardcore bands do, but these guys take it to another level. The crowd clearly took notice as the participation was at a high point for the night. This band is one worth checking out.
Capping the night of were tour headliners, The Ghost Inside. I can't express how great it was to finally see them play in my hometown having been a fan of theirs for over a year and a half. Simply put, this is a band you can't miss out on. Whether it be live or on record, this is a band to know. Their set consisted mostly of newer songs off their recently released record, Returners, but also included fan-favorites of off their debut, Fury and The Fallen Ones. The passion shown by Vigil and company during their set is unparalleled. The Ghost Inside's amazing set ended on a high with some members of the audience rushing the stage to sing the gang vocals in "Faith or Forgiveness". It was certainly a great finish to an amazing night.