Review by David Baldwin for Mr. Will Wong
Ominous fog and a healthy amount of mosquito coverage could not stop nearly four hours of music from unfurling at TD Echo Beach last night, presented by TD Music Access.
Indie band Quiet Company briefly warmed up the crowd before Dashboard Confessional took the stage around 8 PM. The typically quiet emo band was nearly unrecognizable in their set, fueled by the infectious energy of lead singer Chris Carrabba. He told fans early on that he had drank three Red Bulls to prepare, and then blasted through a number of “older sing-a-longs” to the delight of the crowd. While the band was joined in a few instances by others, the highlight was easily Carrabba singing the band’s early hit Swiss Army Romance alone on-stage with the assistance of the crowd.
Just after 9 PM, Third Eye Blind arrived and were initially all business. It was a stark contrast to Carrabba and Dashboard, who addressed the crowd after every song – but it did not last long. Lead singer Stephan Jenkins eventually slowed down halfway into their set to speak, expressing his gratitude to everyone for coming and his excitement for the release of the band’s long-awaited fifth album, Dopamine. It hits shelves today, and Jenkins wanted to share it with everyone by whatever means necessary. The majority of their set was a mix of nostalgic favourites and new rifts, including the new single Everything is Easy. The crowd was positively electric by the time the band finally played their biggest hit, Semi-Charmed Life, at the end of the show.
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(Photo credit: David Baldwin)
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