The Early November Take a Look Back at The Bowery BallroomDecember 19th, 2013
The Early November – The Bowery Ballroom – December 18, 2013
One of the few remaining holdouts to the rash of reunion tours and album-anniversary shows in the pop-punk world finally joined the nostalgia party last night at a sold-out Bowery Ballroom, when New Jersey’s own the Early November spent the night playing their debut album, The Room’s Too Cold, in celebration of its 10th birthday. Their fans, many of whom had waited so long to see a show like this that they could probably tell stories about the scratches they’d worn right into their original copy of the album, filled The Bowery Ballroom to its limits: some were practically watching from Delancey Street.
But for the band, it was immediately clear that the muscle memory still remained. From the first song—the dynamic and heartfelt “Ever So Sweet”—to the last of the encore—the heavy, thrashing “Every Night’s Another Story”—lead singer Ace Enders and the band remembered without hesitation how to pull all the right strings. Each chorus was an opportunity to step away from the microphone and encourage concertgoers to sing louder (which they did), and every bridge was a chance to tease the coming chorus, upping energy levels to their peaks. Once the Early November finished playing the album, the rest of the set included fan favorites like “I Want to Hear You Sad” and rarities that haven’t been played live in nearly a decade (if ever), not so far out of the ordinary for shows like these, but special nonetheless.
The highlights came in a few different ways, whether it was bassist Sergio Anello repeatedly trying to crowd surf, or the band tiptoeing through rarely played songs like “Everything’s Too Cold … But You’re So Hot.” However, the real reason those in the room last night will remember this show is because of why it existed in the first place: The effect of nostalgia is strong, and music can be incalculably tied to one’s memories. The Room’s Too Cold has special meaning to many, but the experience of hearing the band perform it live in a room full of people who all discovered it together 10 years ago, both literally and figuratively, is something just as special as the first time it was heard. —Sean O’Kane