Words by Nick Hodgins | Photos by Rebecca Reed

It was a nonstop party at The Gramercy Theatre last Friday as Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Crying and Somos made their first of two sold-out New York City stops.

The night kicked off with Boston rockers Somos taking the stage around 6:30 to a nearly packed theater. They played “Dead Wrong” and “Familiar Theme,” amongst others, as the stragglers filtered into the venue.

Somos was followed by the wailing synth and guitar hooks of the electropop trio Crying. The unique New York City locals played twisted electronic melodies through a reprogrammed Gameboy all over the dreamy vocals of Elaiza. The band has been touring their 2014 release Get Olde Second Wind.

Foxing rejoined the tour after a brief 10 day stint with the New Brunswick rockers in Gates. Playing a variety of songs off their 2014 re-release of The Albatross, Foxing also gave the crowd a sneak peak at a song they wrote for their next album. With calm verses and emotional choruses, they had the crowd at a variety of lows and highs throughout their set.

Knuckle Puck burst onto the scene recently with a slew of EP’s and quite possibly more popularity than they had songs prepared for. Songs like “No Good” and “Gold Rush” feature Taking Back Sunday-esque call and response vocals and driving guitars which had the crowd going out of control with pits, crowd surfers and pumping fists. If their current music is any indication of what’s to come, these guys are definitely worth watching in 2015.

Modern Baseball kicked off their set with their sophomore album opener “Fine. Great,” and it was pretty much nonstop craziness until the very last song after that. Every song is an anthem worthy of screaming along too, no matter which member of the four-piece band was singing… yeah they all sing. A Killers cover of “When You Were Young” was a mid-set surprise to not only to the audience, but quite possibly a few members of the band as well.

With so many talented bands on the bill this was certainly a tour you didn’t want to miss.


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