When Aaron Gillespie and Spencer Chamberlain join forces, anything can happen. Plus, with the added bonus of Christopher Dudley on keyboards and synths, Tim McTague on guitar, Grant Brandell on bass and James Smith on the rhythm guitar, Aaron and Spencer had their true dream team back. These six musicians are responsible for two of the most generation defining albums of the first decade of this millennia. So it’s only right that they play both They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define The Great Line in their entirety all in one night.
With members’ side projects such as The Almost and Sleepwave, each with their own personal sound and impact, Underoath seems to be where Aaron and Spencer feel most at home. While being a fan of all three of these bands, Underoath is what reeled me in to begin with. These two albums were what were played in almost all of my friends cars in high school on heavy repeat.
Walking out to a slow instrumental with a video playing on the back screen, the pace almost changed out of nowhere once “Young and Aspiring” started. A sold out crowd that knows every line of your songs is the perfect setup for any show. Underoaths’ Spencer had no issue pointing the mic to the crowd, as They’re Only Chasing Safety is chock full of melodies and harmonies that crave a crowd presence and a sing along. Honestly, Spencer could have gotten away without even saying a word if he wanted to. But that’s not Underoaths’ style. They use the crowd for fuel, for energy to fully complete each song. It was such an interactive set.
As the end of their first album of the night was nearing a end, I was a little sad that “I’m Content With Losing” and “Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape” were kind of merged together cutting off a lot of the latter song. Maybe that’s just me being selfish as a fan, but SWSFOE is one of my favorite songs, and it’s truly a perfect blend of self-reflection and harmony.
That was quickly forgiven though when Define The Great Line began it’s introduction after a short intermission including a video counting down from 10 to 1. “In Regards to Myself” got everyone right back into the show as this tour also in a way doubled as a ten year anniversary of Define The Great Lines release. All in all, this definitely falls into my top 5 concert experiences ever. Let’s just hope Underoath wants to give us more music in the future.