I've talked in the past about longevity, but I don't think I've ever really expanded on that idea beyond, "Well, this band has put out so many albums and are still around and blah blah blah..." just sounding like a completely uneducated douche. After seeing Thursday and Thrice this year, longevity means something more to me. I've touched on it with what I said about Thursday, and I have some words about Thrice's tour coming this week (but that has more to do with progression and time), I want to focus on what individual reasons make a band last and never dry up when everything is always not in their favor.
Starting the night was Transit's thirty minute set riding high off the release of their new album. It's not that I didn't like Listen and Forgive (the lyrics are great and the hooks and progression was great) but the production gloss killed it a bit for me. Needless to say, that gloss doesn't shine live and the songs' grittier live versions were definitely more favorable. This is a band that has a lot ahead of them if they can keep up the pace.
I Am the Avalanche's set was bold. This bout of longevity is interesting in itself for this band. The next step after The Movielife's already herald existence in the hardcore scene, Vinnie Caruana can pick-up an acoustic guitar or front an even heavier version of his past and still has the ability to continue to move forward through shitty labels issues and even tougher - keeping up attention with the passing of time when other bands are holding the revolving spotlight. Great set that definitely brought the mosh for many.
On the night of Through Being Cool's 12th year anniversary, Saves the Day continued to show that nothing can kill the band: labels, member changes, pissed off fans that are stuck in the past. Beginning the night from their anniversary record, "All-Star Me" had this bitter old asshole singing loud and pumping his fist in the air. Seeing "Daybreak" live made a thought snap like a twig in my head - Chris Conley has always had a knack for just writing the worst feelings and burying them under some of the best pop-rock music around. The band is tighter than ever and looked like they have a couple of more years in them. The excitement of the 10th anniversary of Daybreak will be amazing to see one day.
I will admit that I've never been a Bayside fan. I think the band and their music is great, and to see the shit they have had to overcome over the years and still push on is incredible. I saw the band on the Take Action Tour earlier this year and it was one of the best sets I've seen from a band I'm not into. That speaks something in itself. I had a discussion with my friend the other day about Bayside fans though, and how into Bayside they are. The band has some of the most dedicated fans around. I think that has more than anything to do with how they can continue ticking against the industry elements that drag so many down. Seeing three people outside the bus after the show singing their heart out to get the band to come sign and autograph says it all.
With the elements of the ever changing music industry, the one thing bands need to rely on is being humble in having those diehard fans. I've been thinking the last few days if there are other elements, and I'm sure I can make a laundry list of them, but instead I'm going to leave it at that. If you want to see your favorite bands thrive - continue doing what you're doing and support the hell out of them. That's something in this industry that's never going to change - their passion given back through your own.