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Every Time I Die @ The TLA with Real Friends, Counterparts, Brigades and Gatherers.

August 31, 2015

Every Time I DieText by Vince Bellino. Images by Erin Marhefka.

Every Time I Die (above) returned to the TLA on August 21 for the penultimate date of the Common Vision tour. The Buffalo hardcore band brought Real Friends, Counterparts, Brigades and Gatherers along to play to an enthusiastic crowd.

New Jersey post-hardcore outfit Gatherers kicked the night off in support of their new record, Quiet World, as the room slowly filled up.

They were followed by Brigades, who performed an aggressive pop-punk set, also in support of a new record, Indefinite.

The room quickly filled as Canadian hardcore heavyweights Counterparts took the stage and brought the mosh pit, playing a mix old fan-favorites and songs off their new record, Tragedy Will Find Us.

Counterparts reminisced with the crowd about the last time they played Philadelphia, when their scheduled show fell through and they played a basement show instead.

The crowd was moving throughout Counterparts’ set, the first full mosh pit of the night.

Real Friends took the stage and was met with a sea of crowdsurfers all anxious for a chance to grab the microphone and sing along. Vocalist Dan Lambton was liberal with his microphone sharing, encouraging anyone who knew the words to sing along.

The crowd could often be heard singing along and at times Lambton stopped singing to let the crowd hear itself.

Lambton called Philadelphia his second-favorite city, next to Real Friends’ home city of Chicago, and shared his appreciation for South Street and the food there, making a joke about now being a vegetarian.

Near the end of Real Friends’ set, Lambton took a moment to share his belief on the importance of keeping music safe. He told the crowd to stop worrying about insignificant things about people because hatred like homophobia, racism, transphobia, sexism and sexual assault still exist in the music community.

“For some people, this is their last safe space. Why should we take that away from them?” Lambton asked, met with huge cheers of support.

Every Time I Die headlined the night, playing a loaded 17-song set that did not slow down for a moment. From the second the band’s first song, “We’rewolf,” kicked in to the final note of closer “Ebolorama,” the entire floor was moving.

Vocalist Keith Buckley remembered the night Every Time I Die played at the Kung Fu Necktie and talked about how previous crowds had been so enthusiastic, including one night in which a fan dove off of the balcony, to which a fan replied it was he who did it.

Buckley told the fan he didn’t believe him, but assured security and the fans he was not daring the fan to prove it to him.

Once photographers left the photo pit, Buckley encouraged crowdsurfing because he “could see it in their eyes” that security wanted to catch the crowdsurfers. He thanked them before continuing the set.

A fight that escalated to involve a pile of fans occurred over behavior in the mosh pit and ended in a bloody nose, but Every Time I Die played right through it.

The band’s set including a cover of Nirvana’s “Tourette’s.”

The crowd chanted for an encore but the band did not give one.

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