The Suppy Nation Tour at El Corazon
El Corazon was packed wall to wall for the Seattle stop of The Suppy Nation Tour. The Story So Far and Man Overboard co-headlined the event, with solid support provided by The American Scene, Citizen, and Tonight Alive.
Unfortunately, trying to shove hundreds of anxious show-goers into a small venue doesn’t always go as planned, and sometimes the opening band plays before the ticket-taker has corralled everyone through the door. I finally stepped foot into the venue as soon as The American Scene were finishing up, but from what I could hear from outside the venue, the band sounded great and the crowd seemed to enjoy their music.
Citizen was next, and fans were ready. Strangely, I had never heard of these guys, but based on the immediate crowd reaction I can only assume I was in the minority. The audience was off their feet every second of Citizen’s set, with numerous stage dives and pile-ons turning the already tumultuous El Corazon crowd into fish out of water (with the occasional “stage potato” thrown into the mix). It was awesome to see a touring support band get so much love from the beginning of a show.
No strangers to Seattle, Australia-natives Tonight Alive took the stage and had the audience at their full attention. While there was a little less movement than for the prior band, fans still showed their support by shouting the words back to vocalist Jenna McDougall without missing a beat. The band played tracks from their debut album, as well as a new song, and of course their Punk Goes Pop cover of Mumford & Sons’ “Little Lion Man,” which–much to my surprise–resulted in a circle pit opening in the middle of the venue. (Can’t say you see that everyday, now can you?)
The second Man Overboard took the stage, bodies started flying once again (cue also: weed smoke filling the venue). They played songs from throughout their discography and ended their set with a new song from their upcoming album.
With their sophomore album about to drop, The Story So Far came out with tons of energy right from the start. The crowd assumed their stage dive duty then amplified the stoke factor by ten. What felt like everyone in the room shouted the numerous choruses and push-moshed ’til their heads were about to explode, and even I left with a sore body and a stupid grin on my face.
If you are a fan of pop-punk and weren’t at this show, you sadly missed out on a great showcase of some amazing and talented young bands.