Holding Absence performed Gramercy Theater in New York City on February 14th. Like (and crowd-surfers) have been in the air. There was substantially speculation main up to the clearly show, if the concert would even happen. Vocalist of the band Lucas Woodland has been battling an sickness which left his voice really raw. He experienced to cancel their Baltimore day in purchase to relaxation. The day of, there was anticipation and nervousness. Would they even enjoy? If they did, would it audio superior? On looking at the functionality we can confidently state it was just one of the most enjoyable exhibits all 12 months.  Lucas himself explained during the clearly show, “This early morning I woke up and didn’t have my voice. I should not enjoy a display but it’s fucking Valentine’s Working day in New York City!” The band gave it their all and committed to their functionality 100% despite the obstacles. Getting at this exhibit was the finest way to invest the holiday in the tri-point out location.

The key part we noticed was the all round power and enthusiasm the band had on phase. They have been electric. Lucas was leaping up by the air, kicking his toes, head-banging. If no one particular advised us he was unwell, we would not have guessed it on our own. Guitarist Scott Carey was playing challenging riffs when dancing and grooving to the rhythm. Ashley Green was furiously slamming absent on the drums and by no means lost his intensity. Bass-wise, Ben Elliot also established a unforgettable efficiency. He had a very clear and commanding phase presence. The band did not have a weak backlink. Irrespective of it being a marginally abridged present, they eliminated any uncertainty we had by the end of the to start with tune. 

The band played a career-spanning established. It was excellent to listen to tracks off their very first album [self titled 2019] which is now 50 percent a decade previous. I do want we obtained to listen to a lot more of the new history. 2023’s The Noble Art of Self Destruction was a defining moment in the emo scene. Not only did it assistance crack the band into the mainstream of rock far more but it was also a refreshing real record. By its 42-moment run-time there is not a solitary second which is squandered. Keeping Absence is finding superior and honing their craft with each individual file. The only grievance I have of the established was I would have appreciated to hear extra new material. 

It was also quite apparent the band did not just take their accomplishment for granted. In the middle of the set Lucas grinned and reported, “I didn’t even know if I would ever be in New York on vacation. Now I’m playing a clearly show below!” Viewing the hoards of people at Gramercy all jumping in unison proved to us this band unlike no other. Their music resonates with persons in this kind of a profound way. Even nevertheless they have 1 million regular monthly listeners on spotify, it however feels like they are on the verge of a breakthrough. 

It becoming Valentine’s Working day in New York Town, absolutely everyone was there with their substantial other. It was beautiful to see so numerous pleased partners picking out to commit their night time embracing emo punk. The band even played a deep slice off their new document, “Honey Moon” in honor of the getaway. Couples were being holding just about every other screaming the lyrics. Even solitary people today all had absolutely nothing but euphoric smiles. It did not matter where by you were being in lifetime or who you were being with, the night time just felt so wholesome. 

All round, it was a wonderful live performance. Holding Absence confirmed perseverance, expertise, and a deep respect to their followers. They might have necessary to cancel this demonstrate, but refused to. This showcases the sort of people they are. It’s not about the income, the fame, or any superficial motives. They do it for the supporters and the songs. An additional quotation from the night time is when Lucas questioned the audience of people who were seeing Holding Absence for the initial time, “I insist you come again when I can in fact sing!” The exhibit was 10/10 a genuinely stellar night. 

You can stream The Noble Artwork of Self Destruction here. Check out out Keeping Absence here for approaching tour dates, news, and much more.