Boston Manor, Free Throw, Homesafe, Hot Mulligan, Save Face
The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI – 4.13.2018
Photographers: Kailey Howell & Alexis Backus
Boston Manor has been in the U.S. seemingly nonstop since they wrapped up as support for Knuckle Puck. Currently, the band is headlining a series of shows across North America with support from friends in Save Face, Hot Mulligan, Homesafe and Free Throw.
Save Face (not pictured) opened the evening, traveling from hometown New Jersey. The band recently signed to Epitaph Records (Bring Me the Horizon, Culture Abuse, Weezer). Their new single “Bad” is out now, you can stream it here.
Michigan natives Hot Mulligan drew a huge crowd for their set. The band opened with “Something About a Bunch of Dead Dogs”.
The band recently released their new album Pilot earlier this year. They included songs off the album such as “The Soundtrack To Missing A Slam Dunk” and “All You Wanted By Michelle Branch”.
You could easily tell the crowd was dedicated fans because they knew every word to every song. Crowd surfers were piling onto the stage. They closed their set with “I Replied To Tyler With Three Blue Cars” off of their 2017 album Opportunities.
Homesafe kept the crowd on their toes as they opened their set with “Guts”, causing a pit to break open in the packed crowd. The band contains vocalist Ryan Rumchaks who also plays bass in pop-punk band Knuckle Puck.
This was one of the rowdiest sets of the evening. Fans climbed over one another to get to the front and scream lyrics back into Rumchaks’ face. Homesafe will be playing this years Slam Dunk Festival in the UK.
Based out of Nashville, Free Throw was the direct support on the bill. The band always brings tons of energy to their sets, and their clearly dedicated fans love every second of it.
The band recently released their EP, Missing Pieces this year which revisits tracks such as “Randy, I Am the Liquor”. Their set included favorites off of their 2014 album Those Days Are Gone such as closing song “Two Beers In”.
A long way from home, Boston Manor from Blackpool, UK finally came on stage to a roar of applause from the crowd. Opening the night up with “Lead Feet” the crowd exploded with excitement throughout the venue.
The band had a 12 song set that included their most recent single “Drowned In Gold”. They did not neglect their 2015 EP Saudade as they included “Trapped Nerve” and “Shade”.
Brothers Mike (guitar) and Dan Cunniff (bass/vocals) were full of enthusiasm on stage. Henry Cox’s vocals could hardly be heard over the crowd singing along.
The band closed the night with “Burn You Up” and “Laika” off their 2016 album Be Nothing. This caused a sea of crowd surfers to approach the stage, ending the evening on a high note.
Boston Manor will be traveling across the U.S. through the end of April where their headlining tour wraps up in Hartford, CT. Soon after the band will be heading back to Europe to pick up a series of shows with support from friends in Lower Than Atlantis.