MOS Show Review and Gallery: The Amity Affliction and Being As An Ocean

Joel Birch of The Amity Affliction
all photos by Meredith Szturm.

To be blatantly honest with you, I hadn’t listened to much of The Amity Affliction or Being As An Ocean before last weekend. I wanted to go to the Indianapolis stop on the “This Could Be Heartbreak” Tour because of the hype surrounding TAA’s new album and because my boyfriend is a huge fan so I knew he would be ecstatic about it. He even has a tattoo with Amity lyrics tied in.

The concert completely turned me into a fan. I liked what I’d heard before seeing them live, but that one night of live music moved me. The venue wasn’t huge, but it was packed with people and I have never seen a pit with that much intensity. There were so many crowd surfers, more than I’ve seen even at much bigger venues, and everyone was screaming along to every song. It was apparent that Amity is the type of band that makes music that saves people’s lives. They’ve always been vocal about depression and mental health issues, and the dedication and passion of the people in the audience that night was touching. Amity’s music means the world to a lot of them and you could tell just by standing back and observing.

My boyfriend was singing every song at the top of his lungs next to me. He crowd surfed a few times and jumped around in the pit. Then there was another kid, shirtless with a backwards hat. He must’ve surfed to the front at least twenty-five times. And every time he got up there he screamed the lyrics at the band. He was making vocalist Joel Birch laugh a lot once he realized how many times this same kid was coming up to the front. A girl next to me that had a little too much to drink and was overheated was throwing up in the trash can, but she surfaced during the bridge in “Death’s Hand” to yell “GET FUCKED!” with the rest of the crowd and something about it was inspirational. It made me smile. I left the show energized with a new appreciation for The Amity Affliction and for their fanbase, which I hope to be part of from now on. You can check out my pictures from the show below, and be sure to catch one of the remaining dates if you can. You won’t regret it. You can also pick up The Amity Affliction’s latest release, “This Could Be Heartbreak” right here, or on iTunes.


Tour Dates:

OCT 05 La Tulipe Montreal, Canada
OCT 06 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
OCT 07 The Crofoot Detroit, MI
OCT 09 Mill City Nights Minneapolis, MN
OCT 11 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
OCT 12 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
OCT 14 El Corazon Seattle, WA
OCT 15 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
OCT 17 Regent Theater Los Angeles, CA
OCT 18 Vinyl Las Vegas, NV
OCT 19 The Glass House Pomona, CA
OCT 21 Nile Theatercase Mesa, AZ
OCT 22 Soma San Diego, CA
NOV 29 Taubchenthal Leipzig, Germany
NOV 30 Gruenspan Hamburg, Germany
DEC 01 Live Music Hall Cologne, Germany
DEC 02 Trix Antwerpen, Belgium
DEC 03 Flèche d’Or Paris, France
DEC 04 O2 Academy Bristol, United Kingdom
DEC 05 O2 Ritz Manchester, United Kingdom
DEC 06 Roundhouse London, United Kingdom
DEC 08 ABC Glasgow, United Kingdom
DEC 09 O2 Institute Birmingham, United Kingdom
DEC 10 Waterfront Norwich, United Kingdom
DEC 11 Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands
DEC 13 Fryshuset/Lubben Stockholm, Sweden
DEC 14 Pumpehuset Copenhagen West, Denmark
DEC 15 Astra Berlin, Germany
DEC 16 Backstage Munchen, Germany
DEC 17 Arena Vienna, Austria
DEC 18 Knockdown Festival Karlsruhe, Germany
DEC 19 Kofmehl Solothurn, Switzerland
DEC 20 CCO Lyon, France
DEC 21 Razzmatazz 2 Barcelona, Spain
DEC 22 Sala Arena Madrid, Spain
DEC 31 Red Hill Auditorium Red Hill, Australia
JAN 02 HQ Adelaide, Australia
JAN 18 The Jack Cairns, Australia
JAN 19 Dalrymple Hotel Garbutt, Australia
JAN 20 Civic Centre Gympie, Australia
JAN 21 Lake Kawana Sunshine Coast, Australia
JAN 22 Convention Centre Gold Coast, Australia
JAN 25 C.ex Coffs Coffs Harbour, Australia
JAN 26 Bar on the Hill Callaghan Nsw, Australia
JAN 27 Waves Fairy Meadow, Australia
JAN 28 Anu Bar Canberra, Australia
FEB 02 Chelsea Heights Hotel Frankston, Australia
FEB 03 The Arena Geelong Vic, Australia
FEB 04 Hobart Uni Hobart, Australia

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