Moose Blood: Live in Atlanta

On Friday, March 3, Moose Blood’s 2017 North American tour featuring support from Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor and A Will Away stopped in Atlanta, Georgia. The show took place at the Hell Stage of The Masquerade. The tour, featuring one American band, two bands from the United Kingdom and a band from Australia, is one of the first major headline tours that Moose Blood has had in North America. Many dates have sold out on this tour as Moose Blood, who is from Canterbury, Kent, England, have developed a large American fan-base that is growing at a rapid pace ever since the release of their sophomore album, Blush.

The first band to take the stage was A Will Away. The Naugatuck, Connecticut based band, A Will Away, had their debut full-length album, Here Again, drop on the same day as the show. I am so thankful to have had the pleasure of seeing them play a set at The Masquerade on the day of their first release. Their new album is a fantastic listen filled with emotion, which made seeing them play their new songs for the first time really special.

Boston Manor, from Blackpool, United Kingdom, took the stage next. The energy from the band, and more specifically the lead singer, had the audience’s attention from the moment they took the stage. They performed songs from their newest album Be Nothing much to the delight of the crowd. The mosh pits were plentiful during Boston Manor’s heavy-energy set.

Trophy Eyes, a band from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, was last to take the stage before Moose Blood, and their set got the crowd  energized for the headline act. Trophy Eyes played songs from their most recent album Chemical Miracle and also some older ones from their prior releases that the crowd seemed to enjoy as well. All of the openers put on incredible performances and I was very impressed by each band.

When Moose Blood finally came on stage, the crowd was ecstatic. They opened with “Pastel,” the opener on their new album Blush, and the energy was full-force from the beginning. Their set was filled with crowd-surfing and iconic sing-along moments, most notably during the songs, “Bukowski,” “Cherry” and “Boston.” As soon as the set ended, I wanted to hear more. Though it was a lengthy set, it was filled with magic from start to finish. The connection between the band and the crowd singing along every word was just beautiful.

Moose Blood is on tour through the rest of the month with Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor and A Will Away. Get your tickets for this tour while you still can, because many dates have sold out and is not a show to be missed. A Will Away will also be playing a headline set in Nashville at The End on April 5.

More information is at mooseblooduk.com

– Chris

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