Buffalo’s pop-punk scene turned out in droves—as they always do—to pack Town Ballroom for Tuesday’s sold-out powerhouse concert featuring The Story So Far, Turnover, Citizen and Movements.
While four bands performed, it was a show with three acts. Each had a different energy; each elicited a different response from the crowd.
Movements and Citizen took the stage first and second, respectively, and warmed up the crowd with steady, driving, medium-energy performances. The crowd pulsed, shook and head-banged; a few hands jolted up here and there.
Turnover turned it down a notch, floating a dizzying comedown of blissful, sublime melodic indie pop-punk songs to a sea of swaying, singing-along showgoers. Cerebrally penetrating, calming-yet-calamitous, the Virginia-bred band’s unique brand of psychedelic emo rock pleased, sedated and consoled.
A flurry of “Peripheral Vision” favorites including "Dizzy On The Comedown,” “Cutting My Fingers Off” and “Hello Euphoria,” highlighted the dreary dream pop parade.
In this sense, the second-to-last set served as a calm before the storm.
When The Story So Far took the stage, thunderous applause rolled in and the crowd surf swelled. A steady flow of flailing bodies was tossed around atop the crowd, eventually reaching stage front where screaming leadman Parker Cannon greeted them.
Cannon’s guttural, scratchy-voiced performance wasn’t without sacrifice, it seemed. He constantly clutched his throat, grimaced in pain and chugged from a water bottle—but never complained. And an engaging crowd ensured his vigorous vocal efforts weren’t in vain.
Toward the end of the California-based band’s set, an inevitable Town Ballroom-signature “Let’s go Buffalo!” chant built up, then rang out, confusing — as it often does — the unaccustomed band between songs. “You see this?!” said a laughing, thrown-off Cannon as he turned to his band mates.
It wasn’t until the encore — led by the electric “Mt. Diablo” from The Story So Far’s first full-length release, “Under Soil and Dirt” — that the moshpit opened up. As the show wrapped up, some thrashed and moved in while others fought to escape before taking an elbow to the head.
The Story So Far, Turnover, Citizen and Movements on Nov. 13 in the Town Ballroom.