Another day, another sold-out show in New York City. Though this may not be uncommon for many artists hitting up the Big Apple, for a band as new as Movements it’s still a bewildering concept. California’s emo-rock group had a quick rise to the spotlight after a couple Warped Tours, a debut full-length, and a whole lot of hard work. Following the band’s success since the beginning, it was no surprise for them to have their own headline tour so quickly. Though this current North American spring jaunt isn’t the first headliner of their own, it seems these dates have sold out faster than even the band members themselves even expected. Fresh off their UK tour with The Wonder Years, Movements and friends showed NYC’s Irving Plaza how it’s really done.
You know you’ve made yourself a perfect lineup when fans are just as excited to see the support as they are the headliner. With bands like Drug Church, Trash Boat, and Boston Manor as support, the crowd seemed to just get rowdier every time the lights went black and the next act took the stage. As sad as it is, it is rare to see the crowd fill the room from start to finish nowadays, but Irving Plaza was tightly packed from front to back from opener Drug Church’s first song to Movements’ final song (which was, of course, the iconic “Daylily”).
Their setlist was short but sweet, playing their debut full-length Feel Something in its entirety with the exception of “Deadly Dull.” Surprisingly, they only played “Kept” and “Worst Wishes” off their EP Outgrown Things, and hardcore fans were still screaming, “Play ‘Protection’!” in-between songs (which, sadly, we don’t see that happening again anytime soon). Despite the night ending earlier than most, it’s the value of the night that really made this tour worth attending.
Boston Manor battle the “Bad Machine” on thus must-watch music video.
Movements has always been a band for those with heart, so it only makes sense to see them give their all on stage. Standing outside of the venue, you can hear fans talk about how Movements’ lyrics effortlessly say the things they feel; scroll through the group’s social media to find comments by thousands of people saying the same thing. Seeing Movements live was more than just a night full of good music for most of the night’s attendees--it was a cathartic, even therapeutic, experience. With all of the fabricated glitz and the glamour that comes with being in a band these days, Movements have pushed through it all with their pure appreciation and authenticity. There is no question, even with the great success Movements has seen to this point, that these guys are still just on the rise to something even bigger.
Movements’ North American headline tour with Drug Church, Trash Boat, and Boston Manor still has a few dates left. If they’re making a stop near you, do yourself a favor and get tickets ASAP--if your date hasn’t sold out by now, it certainly will soon. You can find the band’s remaining tour dates below.
Remaining Tour Dates:
05/16 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
05/17 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
05/18 - Columbus, OH - Sonic Temple Festival*
05/19 - Chicago, IL - Metro
*Movements only, festival appearance
As Movements will prove, everything comes “Full Circle” at the end of the day.