This past Saturday (October 20th, 2012), I had the pleasure of going to a concert at the Middle East in Cambridge. The band line-up ending with the headliner was: The Saddest Landscape, Hostage Calm, Make Do and Mend, and Into it. Over it. Having never been to the Middle East before I have to admit I was quite surprised with the venue because it was not what I had imagined. It is very small and dark and it situated in the back of a restaurant through a door. I will admit the sound quality was good though!
The night started off with The Saddest Landscape, a band from Boston who is known as having “an authentic emo style” combined with scream. Personally, this band was not for me at all. I’ve never heard of them and it is easy to tell they’re super into their music. The next band was Hostage Calm, a punk/rock/hardcore band from Connecticut. This band was absolutely amazing. Their energy and stage presence were incomparable to the first band. I’ve never really listened to Hostage Calm, but after their set that night I have listened to the music and can definitely call myself a fan.
Make Do and Mend were up next, a post-hardcore band also from Connecticut. They recently signed to Rise Records and performed wonderfully. The energy from Hostage Calm seemed to be continuous and Make Do and Mend used this energy to get the crowd going. James, the vocalist, sounded as good as he does on their albums, which is great to see! The last band to play was Into It. Over it. This band has waited five years to finally venture on its first full band headlining tour. Having seen Evan play the songs acoustically last year, it was great to hear these songs the way they had been intended to play, with the full band. Their energy was mellow, but it didn’t need to be crazy because everyone in the room was so excited to hear their set that it didn’t even matter. I’d recommend anyone who likes Into It. Over It. to make their way out and see this tour!