Motionless in White bring their Graveyard Shift to New York City
The Graveyard Shift Tour
A breezy October night in New York City just weeks before Halloween, and I decided to venture out and get a little taste of the spooky NY vibes early this year courtesy of Motionless in White (Roadrunner Records) and their Graveyard Shift tour feat The Amity Affliction (Roadrunner Records), Miss May I (SharpTone Records) and William Control (Control Records/Artery Records/Sony Records).
I arrived to The Playstation Theater in the heart of Times Square New York City about 7pm where there was a massive line formed even as doors were already open. I was at this venue a week prior and the crowd was even crazier this week, filled with fans ranging from 14-30 years old excited to get their fix of this line-up.
First up of the night was William Control. He came out to an almost pitch black stage where screams began at the first chord of “Monster.” Control in his suit and his vampire-like personality strutted back and forth across the stage, flying through his six song set and ended the final song, “I’m Only Human Sometimes,” with a very humble ‘thank you’ to the audience at Playstation Theater.
Next up was the undeniably talented guys in Miss May I. I’m beyond ashamed to say I haven’t seen these guys until now, but they’re no joke when it comes to a live performance. The band entered the stage to the song “Lost in the Grey,” along with chaotic strobe lights flashing furiously throughout the theater. Miss May I, led by lead singer Levi Benton, do not know the meaning of slow down; the entire set was filled with passion, anger, and sadness, reflecting the songs in the set made the 2,000 capacity theater feel intimate and the crowd loved every minute of it.
A circle pit erupted in the center of the crowd during the song “My Sorrow” while others sent kids crowd surfing over the rail. The band closed out the set with “Shadow’s Inside” lead singer Levi demanded he wanted to see one last giant circle pit on the Theater floor.
The direct support for the evening was Australia’s own The Amity Affliction. Man, do I love these guys. The band started off the night with the song “I Bring The Weather With Me” from their 2016 album This Could Be Heartbreak. I was really amazed at how good these guys sound live. Lead singer Joel Birch screams with such intensity and power, I honestly think he sounds even better than he does on the records. Then there’s the clean vocals from bassist Ahren Stringer… Wow, can this guy sing. Especially on the fan favorite song “Open Letter” where the band and crowd simultaneously scream “THIS IS MY OPEN LETTER.”
These guys also continued the circle pit trend, demanding one during “Shine On” and when the crowd wasn’t throwing down in a circle pit they were crowd surfing almost constantly to the front of the stage giving singer Joel high fives as security got them safely over the rails. The Amity Affliction closed out their set with the song “This Could Be Heartbreak.” I highly, highly recommend you go see these guys.
Finally after an amazing night of music, it came time for the main attraction, Roadrunner Records own Motionless in White. The set began with a curtain blocking the view of the rest of the stage. Two skeletons with red light up eyes sat on each side of the stage fog as red and green lights flashed under the curtain to an extended intro of the song “Rats.”
The crowd began to chant “Motionless” over and over and louder and louder in anticipation, and with almost perfect timing the curtain dropped and the madness began. The band’s show is really something fantastic and different; something you will really only see at a Motionless In White show. Props of skeletons and gravestones are all around the stage as well as little lights placed in the perfect position the capture the spookiness of the band’s aesthetic.
The band roars through songs like “Devil’s Night,” “Loud,” and “A-M-E-R-I-C-A” and the crowd never failed to sing along with singer Chris Motionless. Halfway through the band played the song “Immaculate Misconception” from the band’s album Creatures. Before doing so Chris addressed the crowd and told them the story of filming the music video in New York City’s famous and now closed Webster Hall. Motionless in White’s show features tons of fog, props, insanely powerful deep red lighting and even murderous gals running on stage and into the crowd. I’ve seen these guys a few times through the years and every time their set gets bigger and better than the last! They closed out the 15 song setlist with the hit song “Eternally Yours” with snow falling on stage towards the end of the song.
The Graveyard Shift Tour hits a number of cities before wrapping up in Philadelphia on Halloween. Check out the dates below and definitely make it a point to check out all the bands. I suggest if you want to see the show you get tickets as soon as possible cause shows are selling out!!!