After multiple shows where they have played support to many great bands, Joywave headlines Lincoln Hall and it was definitely overdue. Over the past few years I have become quite familiar with this group and what they are capable of. No matter what they have consistently played their hearts out as if they were always the headliners in the past. This evening everyone knew this was going to be an experience.
Joywave brought along with them some friends from Rochester to kick off the evening. The band Maybird are longtime friends of Joywave and were extremely grateful that they are on this tour. Even being a bit under the weather, they gave it their all and played a great set to get the night going. Being that they are a rather unknown band in the Midwest, Maybird impressed everyone in attendance. I could only imagine how great they would be if they all weren’t under the weather. Definitely a band that you need to keep an eye out for in the future.
The Aces came up next and these ladies were a lot of fun on stage. Hailing from Provo Utah, this foursome have been lifelong friends and their chemistry on stage had everyone in attendance hooked. Besides their own material that was super catchy and upbeat, they busted out a solid cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. These ladies had fun the entire time and it showed in their set. Highly recommend that you check them out on YouTube and keep an eye out the next time they roll through town.
I have said before in past articles and I’ll say it again, this band is going places. This show solidified it. They commanded this show with raw energy and passion. Evenly distributed between their albums “Content” and “How Do You Feel Now?” for the majority of the show, they pumped out solid songs throughout that will have you dancing and singing along. Daniel Armbruster was battling a cold that night, but that did not stop him from giving fans what they want…. a damn good show! It was great to see these guys dig deeper into their catalog and really get a chance to spread their wings.
What really stood out to me was that this stage felt cramped for who they are as a band. They definitely made it work, but Daniel is meant to be able to maneuver around the stage with ease. The rest of the guys were confined to their spot for the most part. That was my only slight on their set and that’s not a bad thing. Once they played “It’s a Trip!” fans were hooked from then on. “Somebody New” really stood out as the track of the night for me as in hits you hard and Daniel’s vocals mesmerize the crowd.
When these guys come back I can easily see them selling out The Riviera. It’s only a matter of time.
Photo’s below the setlists.
- Nocturne > 2. Maybird > 3. Don’t Keep Me Around > 4. Bluebird > 5. Keep In Line > 6. Turning Into Water
The Aces Setlist:
- Put It On The Line > 2. Touch > 3. Volcanic Love > 4. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana Cover) > 5. Baby Who > 6. Physical > 7. Stuck
- Content > 2. Now > 3. It’s a Trip! > 4. Shutdown > 5. Life In a Bubble I Blew > 6. Parade > 7. Traveling at the Speed of Light > 8. Alice > 9. Little Lies You’re Told > 10. Rumors > 11. Golden State > 12. Destruction > 13. Doubt > 14. Somebody New > 15. Going to a Place > ENCORE: 16. Confidence > 17. Nice House > 18. Tongues > 19. Thanks. Thanks For Coming