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Glocca Morra’s Farewell Show @ The Church with Greys, LVL UP, Clique and Marge.

June 2, 2015

Text and images by Tim Mulhern.

Friends, tourmates, fans and others packed the rafters of the stage at the First Unitarian Church on Saturday night to bid farewell to Glocca Morra.

In November, the band announced a farewell tour, its first run of headlining dates after a stretch of inactivity. Greys, LVL UP, Clique and Marge helped bring the band’s seven-year career to a close.

Marge kicked things off early with a quick set of upbeat tunes reminiscent of a cross between Girlpool and Amanda X. Marge has been keeping busy lately. Saturday’s show was the band’s second in a stretch of three shows in six days.

Clique is quickly becoming a regular name on some of Philadelphia’s bigger shows. A few weeks ago, the band helped celebrate the release of Hop Along’s Painted Shut at Union Transfer. The band mixed three new tracks in with their well-polished set and invited Shannen Moser to join them on stage to provide backing vocals on their collaborative tracks.

New York’s LVL UP hit the stage shortly after, wrapping its three-show run with Glocca Morra. Keeping banter to a minimum, the group fired off track after track from September’s Hoodwink’d. The band managed to fit two new tracks into the set, announcing they would appear on a 7-inch to be released later this year.

Toronto’s Greys joined Glocca Morra for the entire tour and prepped the audience with a loud and gritty set. The group shared the story of the first time they met Glocca Morra and expressed their admiration for their tourmates.

After a brief false start, Glocca Morra launched into what would become a long, sweaty and memorable final performance. The audience kept the stagehands busy, as stage divers and crowd surfers came pouring over the monitors at the front of the stage.

The career-spanning set was highlighted by cuts from Ghoul Intentions and Just Married. The emotional night was made even more memorable when drummer Arik Dayan’s now-fiancée proposed to him on stage.

Amidst the celebration of the engagement and the realization that Glocca Morra’s time as a band was coming to a close, the band tore through a celebratory take on “Y’all Boots, Hats (Die Angry).”

One Comment
  1. Shawn permalink
    June 3, 2015 12:14 am

    “Marge sounds like the other bands in Philly that have women… I think.”

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