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Taking Back Sunday @ The Electric Factory with The Menzingers and letlive.

March 25, 2015

Taking Back Sunday2Text by Vince Bellino. Images by Erin Marhefka.

Taking Back Sunday, The Menzingers and letlive. played to a full house at the Electric Factory on Sunday for the second night in a row.

letlive. opened the night to a surprisingly sparse crowd but singer Jason Butler didn’t let that slow him down. He spent as much time writhing around on the floor with a microphone cord wrapped around his throat as he did on his feet.

Though he couldn’t climb the balcony after an altercation and misunderstanding on Saturday, he did end up in the crowd, under the stage and with his head inside a fan’s shirt.

Butler also gave shout outs to punk rock for allowing the band to think differently and to West Philly for giving the world The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

The Menzingers followed letlive. with a calmer but no less impressive performance. Guitarist Tom May was a bouncing ball of energy, jumping, dancing and contributing vocals. The crowd was receptive to the almost-hometown heroes (via Scranton), especially when they played “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore.”

Taking Back Sunday came out to a huge crowd reaction for an hour and a half-long set that spanned everything from Louder Now to Happiness Is. The band encouraged fan antics throughout the night, which eventually ended with guitarist John Nolan hanging a thrown bra (which singer Adam Lazarra noted could “fit a baby inside of it”) from his microphone stand. He also commended crowdsurfer Johnny Gonzalez for finding a way to stand shirtless on top of the crowd two nights in a row.

The largest reactions came for Taking Back Sunday’s older songs, like “Cute Without the E (Cut From the Team)” and “MakeDamnSure,” which the band ended the night with to a full crowd singalong.

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