Movements at the OC Observatory

Movements performed a sold-out show at the Observatory Orange County on Friday, April 19.

With alternative rock groups alongside Movements including Drug Church, Trash Boat, and Boston Manor, Movements managed to put on a memorable act that shows their growth as musicians as well as their appreciation for their loyal hometown fans.

Orange County’s Observatory, in comparison to the North Park location, was a bit too claustrophobic for my liking. For one, the venue was entirely general admission but consisted of terraces that spaced out the crowd into awkward sections. Second, the pit was simply too tiny for the number of people wanting to mosh, crowd surf, and just have that full concert experience. The crowd was stuffed like sardines but this did not put a damper on their energy for the openers. Unfortunately, I missed Drug Church and Trash Boat’s sets, but Boston Manor’s performance easily made up for it and got me excited for the rest of the concert.

An Emo and pop-punk band from across the pond, Boston Manor is hands down one of my favorite groups to watch live. Henry Cox is an excellent frontman with the vocal abilities to match which showed in their opener “Flowers in Your Dustbin” from their latest release Welcome to the Neighbourhood. Backed by talented musicians, Cox kept the crowd moving with their hits like “Halo” and “Lead Feet,” angst-driven anthems that warmed up fans for the main event.

Movements exploded in popularity upon releasing their debut album Feel Something in 2017.

Since then, they’ve toured with big-name players in the scene such as Knuckle Puck, Citizen, Turnover, and The Story So Far. The band opened with “The Grey” which describes the feeling of slipping into a cold and lonely depression. Frontman Patrick Miranda, who is open about his struggles with anxiety and depression, is unafraid to speak on mental health issues in his lyrics. Next up was a fan favorite “Colorblind” which had the audience pushing, shoving, and loudly singing along. Miranda is known for his colorblindness, consistently making note of it in other songs like “Deep Red” which is a personal favorite of mine. This song starts off with a catchy bassline, worked by Austin Cressey, that punches through the guitars and vocals. The chorus is ear-wormy in and of itself with a break down that allowed the band to let loose on stage.

Movements is a SoCal band that grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita who, despite their rise to fame in the scene, have not forgotten their roots. This show specifically was a sign of gratitude to the fans that have stayed with them all these years. Patrick reminisced to the time they opened for the band Basement in the same venue. In 2015, they performed in front of 300 people. Today, they sold-out a well-known music venue, playing in front of an audience who truly cares about their art.

The end of the show was bittersweet. Movements came out to a crowd chanting their name and finished with the classic “Daylily.” As the song reached its crescendo, Patrick raised the mic to the audience as they sang “‘I think it’s time you had a pink cloud summer'” back to the band. The group felt at home and living the dream.

Written by: Rica Perez

5 on Friday: 5 Bands I’m Going to See at Warped Tour

Hardcore and pop punk kids know that summer means Warped Tour season. Started by Kevin Lyman in 1995, Vans Warped Tour is the longest North American music festival geared toward the rock, metalcore and pop punk scene. Legendary bands like Blink 182, Bad Religion, Green Day and Less Than Jake gained their most loyal fans by playing on Warped Tour. Years later, it’s amazing to see this new generation of acts taking the reigns. So, here are five bands I’m going to see this summer.
Neck Deep – Are you even a pop punk kid if you don’t listen to Neck Deep? UK act Neck Deep has made a name for themselves in music. With crowd-pleasers such as “Gold Steps,” “What Did You Expect?” and “Crushing Grief (Remedy),” to the sad boy classic “A Part of Me,” Neck Deep is the hype band everyone needs to see. I’ve only seen them live once before, at Warped Tour 2015, and that had to be one of my all-time favorite shows. Lead singer Ben Barlow is a man with no limits. He may not have the best vocals in the industry, but what he lacks in ability, he makes up for in performance. His energy is electric, and when combined with the band’s hard-hitting instruments it’s perfection. I highly recommend seeing Neck Deep because the atmosphere, music and crowd are all hype and heart.

 Dance Gavin Dance – Electrifying guitar licks, piercing vocals and outlandish lyrics perfectly describe Dance Gavin Dance. Back again on the Warped Tour lineup, DGD is ready to play favorites, such as “Uneasy Hearts Weigh the Most” and “Elder Goose,” and tracks from their newly released album, “Mothership.” This will be my first time seeing them live and I have high hopes. Many describe Tillian Pearson’s live vocals as a perfect mixture of pop-esque influences and the grit found in post-hardcore bands. Not only are Pearson’s vocals spot on, but Will Swan’s guitar ability is unmatched. His creativity and playful execution has made him one of my favorite guitarists in the scene. The deep bass and punchy drum line finalizes the group’s cohesive sound. If you don’t see DGD live for yourself then you’re going to miss out on a killer show.

Boston Manor – Despite being only recently signed to Pure Noise Records, newbies Boston Manor have already gained momentum in the scene. I’m not very familiar with their music, but this is Warped Tour. It is the best time to be open-minded and watch up-and-coming bands take the stage. From their new album “Be Nothing,” songs such as “Cu” and “Kill Your Conscience” carry a different vibe from the typical crowd-hyping pop punk. The album’s overdriven guitars, fast drumming and gritty vocals take a page from Balance and Composure’s earlier sound and even hint at Moose Blood’s album, “I’ll Keep You in Mind From Time to Time.” Boston Manor is more than the stereotypical, cutesy pop punk band, but an act with depth and meaning. I’m excited to hear what these guys have to offer.

 Trophy Eyes – When I first listened to their “Mend, Move On” album, Trophy Eyes didn’t impress me. Their sound lacked the originality and genuineness I hear from bands like Set Your Goals and Balance and Composure. However, I am willing to give them another try. Tracks like “Counting Sheep” and “Daydreamer” prove that Trophy Eyes does have the potential I was looking for. Although the rest of the album falls flat, in my opinion, I have an open mind and high hopes for their live performance.

 GWAR – I’m definitely not a metal head, but GWAR is a band I’m dying to see. To be honest, I don’t know any of their music. I’ve never listened to them, and I didn’t know anything about them until a few weeks ago. But, from their barbarian styled costumes to their wild on-stage gimmicks, this band is one to watch. Catch me in the pit going hard and covered in fake blood.

Featured Image (“Warped Tour Mosh Pit”)  by Ted Van Pelt. License