From there I headed over to Emo's and I was still there about an hour prior to doors and there was already several hundred fans lined up eager to get inside. One thing that is for certain that if you are a fan of Way or Buckley and you were going to the show expecting some type of MCR or ETID spinoff you're going to more disappointed than all those Cubs fans who thought they were going to win the World Series this season. Once inside everyone clambered up to the front of the rail to get as close to the stage as possible.
Up first was Buckley and Tape, in only their 6th show they were already gaining a following as a "Tape" chant had broken out prior to them taking the stage. There was no screaming guitars, circle pits, or head banging to be had on this night. Tape isn't in anyway shape or form a rock band, they use an electric drum kit, some keyboards, and synthesizers. It's definitely going to be catching fans of Buckley off guard but it's funky and something for everyone to vibe out to. At first people seemed taken back and shocked that this is what they were getting but quickly into the opening song "Press Play" more and more heads started to nod and it only got better as the set progressed with songs like "Synthetic" and "Guest Appearance". Buckley was singing over some incredible sounds and as the show went on you could see confidence building in himself and his band mates, they finished up and left to an overwhelming ovation from the Austin crowd.
Finally after hours of waiting around by most of the very young crowd it was time for Gerard Way to come out. The lights went down and out came Way's band The Hormones who help create a sound all their own, I can't even compare it to anything else out there. It's almost like Way wanted to touch on as many different sounds as possible from 70s glam rock like the song "Get The Gang Together" or an 80s rock sound in "Juarez" he holds nothing back and it almost seems like he did all he could to distance himself from anything close to what MCR was. There was a sense of vindication in the air, a sense of relief on his behalf and he just seemed to be up there having genuine fun with his band mates and fans. Throughout the night there was numerous sing alongs and fans just absolutely losing their shit. He played for over an hour and the momentum of the show never slowed down for a minute he played almost every song of his first solo album entitled "Hesitant Alien" my favorite was the song "Brother" which starts with a very cool piano lead in and turns into an old school ballad which I thought was really fun. On this night it appeared that Way could do no wrong and left the crowd wanting more to the point where many of them were waiting outside the venue in hopes of catching a glimpse of him as he came out.
The sounds of Tape and Way probably came off weird to some and amazing to others. I loved seeing someone like Buckley go outside his comfort zone and have the stones to do something different. It was also just nice to see one of the better frontmen around back up on a stage doing what he should be doing and that's entertaining large crowds of screaming fans. I'm glad I was able to make this trip to Austin and partake in the beauty of this concert.
Article By: Kevin Menendez