Underworld was packed with about 200 anxious Misery Signals fans. Having five bands open, it was indeed a night filled with talent and good friends. By 11pm, the lights went out and fans screamed as they knew who was about to hit the stage. As the band walked on stage, they began with some lovely melodic sounds. Front man, Karl, had a huge smile on his face as he looked at the crowd.
Underworld was comfortable. It wasn’t too hot and there was just enough room to move around. Myself and some others stood on the couches in back so we could get a great view of the band and crazy mosh pit.
I was excited when they played my favorite song, The Year Summer Ended in June, followed by another favorite, Worlds & Dreams, from the album Of Malice and the Magnum. The live performance sounded just like their studio recordings! I was completely blown away. There was such a positive energy between the crowd and band – it was almost as if we were one big happy family enjoying some intimate times together.
That being said, this was one of the most energetic shows I have been to. The crowd was so moved and focused, and I loved how humble the band was in return. Karl made several speeches to the crowd about how proud they were to be playing for Montreal again. I’ve heard Montreal shout-outs in the past, but you could really feel the honesty in his voice.
Wisconsin natives Misery Signals consist of Karl (vocals), Ryan ( guitars), Greg(guitars), Kent (bass), and Branden(drums). They formed in 2002 and are known for their history of make-ups and break ups. However, theoutcome of all of that made this five-piece band what they are today: humble, talented, and all around awesome.
The band is promoting their new album, Absent Light, which launches July 23rd 2013. They played a few new songs from the album, including Luminary. Having not heard the song yet, it really made me stoked for the album to be released. I think it’s great that the band is touring the album before it’s launched. I always prefer to hear new music live before hearing anything recorded.
Tickets to this show only cost twenty dollars. Five extremely talented bands opened for Misery Signals including Camalus, Amongst Heroes, The Kindred, Intervals, and The Color Morale. It was a great night indeed.
Written by Liz Imperiale
Photography by John Fraser Landry