February 3, 2023

With the onslaught of reunion excursions and themed festivals which have popped up because the pandemic has simmered down (however let’s be trustworthy, has it?), it solely appeared proper to throw in a scene fest amongst the jam bandy, stadium rock gatherings we’ve been seeing. There was When We Had been Younger, its personal little toe dip into devotion of an period when Scorching Matter was nonetheless type of cool, however why see burned CD classics on land? How 2019 of us. Fortunately, scene king Matt Cutshall took his “emo’s not useless” bit to the shallow seas (we sail) with a freaking cruise… and it was superior.

The inaugural Emo’s Not Lifeless Cruise was a little bit of curveball. Emos and water? Right here’s the place you’d insert a joke about turning the ocean black with our tears. But, one thing about it simply… labored. From acoustic units to bands taking part in seminal albums in full to a on line casino and different randomness, Cutshall didn’t come to play. The remainder of us did, although, and we stepped right into a MySpace wonderland able to relive arguably the most effective period of our lives. There’s one thing concerning the collective pleasure of a shared expertise. You possibly can really feel everybody else’s power and, the extra folks there are, the extra amplified that zeal turns into. In essence, that’s what strolling onto the Norwegian Jewel felt like — the wind and misty skies actually not raining on anybody’s (black) parade.

However that is solely a fraction of what occurred throughout the week. Getting round a daily pageant is tough sufficient, and may be much more difficult in the course of the ocean. Nonetheless, the ship grew to become house, and for these 4 days, we handled it as such.

Tuesday, November eighth: Emery, Hawthorne Heights, and the welcome social gathering of a lifetime

Evening one was a little bit of a doozy amongst the cruisers. The lay of the ship took some getting used to because of its many flooring, twists and turns, however what clearly wasn’t tough to seek out in any respect have been the bars and the welcome social gathering. The Bliss Lounge, a walkthrough bar connecting the center flooring of the ship, was taken over by a DJ set of millennial classics like Lit’s “My Personal Worst Enemy” and the famously emo message behind Papa Roach’s “Final Resort.” The ship hadn’t even left the Los Angeles port but, however the booze was flowing and the kiddies have been screaming.

Particularly at Emery’s set at Magnum’s downstairs stage. Consider it because the basement home present venue of a ship, and your entire place was full of folks aggressively seeking to specific their want for mosh. As Emery plowed by means of a few of their familiars, elder emos plowed by means of the packed pit. It was superb to observe, like a type of ant dying spirals. Although it appeared like too small a venue for a band that goes that arduous proper of the gate, Emery talked about they deliberately picked it as a solution to get again to their early present roots. That power wafted all through the air, because it did at New Discovered Glory’s first set. Frontman Jordan Pundik ran out in full ship captain apparel able to go together with “Understatement.” A brand new addition onstage was William Ryan Key from Yellowcard, subbing in for Chad Gilbert, out as a result of well being causes.

In a considerably related approach, the acoustic units Hawthorne Heights and Silverstein performed within the Spinnaker Lounge have been teeming with emotive faces and damaged hearts. Milder on the artists’ facet but simply as if no more impassioned on the viewers’s, the Spinnaker stage was met with feverish shouts and truthfully. That was to be anticipated although, since devotion and need have been brewed in cauldrons of Manic Panic hair dye. When Hawthorne was up, they invited a pair from Norway onstage to get engaged. It was like a Tumblr romance come to life.

In Silverstein’s case, it was singer Shane Informed performing solo on this night time. There was a distinct sort of intimacy to his efficiency — simply him and his guitar allowed for extra chatter and interplay with followers staring up at him in adoration. It additionally made for a pleasant distraction for individuals who have been ready patiently to see Dashboard Confessional. They have been speculated to play on the pool deck however wind and chilly air triggered a significant delay. Chris Carraba and co. have been moved to the late night time slot on the Stardust Theater, however that didn’t cease anybody from being awake sufficient to cry over “Vindicated,” “Palms Down” and naturally, “Screaming Infidelities.” It was a great way to ease into the following few days — mild, however pleasantly jarring to the senses.

Highlights: JT from Hawthorne Heights very hilariously and precisely saying “That is 401k emo. It isn’t low-cost to do that,” when expressing gratitude for everybody who was in a position to be on the cruise.

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