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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.

If you don’t know who Motionless in White is you might be living under a rock! The band has appeared on major festivals like Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy’s Mayhem Festival and many more to name here. The band released Graveyard Shift (which is their fourth studio album) on May 5th of 2017 via Roadrunner Records. The first single is entitled “570,” which is the area code of Scranton, PA and where the band calls home. In less than three months “570” amassed 3.1 million Spotify streams and amplified the anticipation for the band’s full-length album.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

See full gallery of the night here.

Date Venue Location
Oct 17 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA Tickets & More
Oct 18 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI Tickets & More
Oct 20 Pop’s Nightclub Sauget, IL Tickets & More
Oct 21 Bogarts Cincinnati, OH Tickets & More
Oct 22 House of Blues Chicago, IL Tickets & More
Oct 24 Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill Dallas, TX Tickets & More
Oct 25 White Oak Music Hall Houston, TX Tickets & More
Oct 26 Alamo City Music Hall San Antonio, TX Tickets & More
Oct 28 The Plaza Live Orlando, FL Tickets & More
Oct 29 Center Stage Atlanta, GA Tickets & More
Oct 30 The National Richmond, VA Tickets & More
Oct 31 The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA Tickets & More
Jan 15, 2018 MANDELA HALL Belfast, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jan 16, 2018 Academy Dublin, Ireland Tickets & More
Jan 18, 2018 Engine Rooms Southampton, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jan 19, 2018 02 Academy Bristol, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jan 20, 2018 Stylus Leeds, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jan 22, 2018 Garage Glasgow, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jan 23, 2018 Riverside Newcastle Upon Tyne,United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jan 25, 2018 Koko London, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jan 26, 2018 02 Institute Balsall Heath, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jan 27, 2018 02 Ritz Manchester, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jan 28, 2018 Waterfront Norwich, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Jan 30, 2018 Petit Bain Paris, France Tickets & More
Jan 31, 2018 Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium Tickets & More
Feb 01, 2018 Tivoli Utrecht, Netherlands Tickets & More
Feb 02, 2018 Logo Hamburg, Germany Tickets & More
Feb 03, 2018 Klubben Stockholm, Sweden Tickets & More
Feb 04, 2018 Pumpehuset Copenhagen West,Denmark Tickets & More
Feb 06, 2018 Musik & Frieden Berlin, Germany Tickets & More
Feb 07, 2018 Luxor Cologne, Germany Tickets & More

 

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