This was only Underoath‘s second show of the Erase Me tour was a sold-out show at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas. You could tell that Underoath was stoked to be there. The last time Underoath was in Austin was before their breakup (2013), and the last time they played Stubbs was in 2004 with Coheed and Cambria. This was their first time headlining this venue. The Plot In You and Crown The Empire opened the show with Dance Gavin Dance following. Dance Gavin Dance released their album Artificial Selection earlier this year. Their set started off with “Son of a Robot” followed by larger hits like “Midnight Crusade”, “We Own the Night”, and “Inspire the Liars”.
Underoath had a brand new stage setup for this tour. Two smaller risers were set in the back of the stage with light projections covering every square inch. Aaron’s drum kit on the left and Chris’ keyboard/drum setup on the right. Per most of Underoath’s shows, their LED projections changed to mimic album art off the songs they were playing, including the angelic statues of Erase Me and the animations from the music video of “Too Bright to See, Too Loud to Hear” from their 2008 record, Lost in the Sound of Separation. They opened up with “On My Teeth,” and played “I Hate It,” “I Gave Up,” and “Rapture” from that record. Long-time fans got to hear “Young and Inspiring”, “Reinventing Your Exit”, “A Boy Brushed Red”, from Define the Great Line and Their Only Chasing Safety.
Before playing piano for “I Gave Up,” Spencer Chamberlain spoke about being a drug addict, and how he finally reached out to his best friend, Aaron Gillespie, for help, even though stigma had held him back in the past. He encouraged the crowd to do the same, and that there’s never anything wrong with asking for help. Reaching out for the help you need only makes you stronger. Their set-closer “Writing on the Walls” followed an acoustic set of “Heart Shaped Box” played by Spencer and Aaron. This wasn’t typical of an Underoath set (which Spencer acknowledged in an intermission) so it was a very special performance for fans to witness.
Underoath fans got to hear never-before played songs from previous records, with newer tracks off of Erase Me placed in between. They did a great job of balancing their old work with the new, and always keep their set fresh, exciting, and balanced for old fans and new.
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