Monday, June 3
By: Wade Panizzoli
Seeing Movements on their spring tour marked the third time I’ve been to the Majestic Theater in five weeks. Starting to feel like home, I was familiar with the dimmed aesthetic of the room and was knowledgeable in bringing earplugs to this naturally loud venue. My buddy and I fought the rush hour traffic to get to the Majestic Theater at the door time of 6:30pm to ensure that we would see the opening band, Drug Church.
Ending up at the venue with more than enough time, the lights eventually got even more dim. This was the cue that Drug Church would take the stage. The start of their set began with the strum of one distorted chord. This chord was the same one that opens their latest effort, Cheer; this chord belonged to the highly energetic track “Grubby.” Being the most diverse band on the bill, concert goers didn’t know how to react at first with these faster-paced songs. Frontman Patrick Kindlon eventually persuaded the crowd to mosh and bounce around and was explicit in stating that nobody should be violent during these fun but aggressive songs. The crowd was starting to get it as they would play songs such as “Strong References”, “Unlicensed Hall Monitor”, and “Bagged.” Drug Church seemed to fly through their 25-minute set. This may have something to do with the claim that “nature called” Patrick Kindlon before they went on stage, as he stated in a comedic effect during their performance. Drug Church would end their set with the even more energetic “Weed Pin” and would leave the crowd on high for the next band to play, Trash Boat.
Taking a breather during the set change, and sporadically running into many, many friends, I ended up missing Trash Boats set.
Boston Manor would be the third band of the night. A cookie-cutter pop-punk band from the UK was attractive and drew a lot of attention to the folks in attendance. Their bouncy and poppy songs had the crowd singing along and jumping around immediately. Their ten-song set was very crowd interactive. Vocalist Henry Cox would make his way into the center of the crowd and perform a song as the rest of the crowd would run around him in a circle pit. The crowd would then chant “one more song” to this direct support band, as they unfortunately had no room for one more, but was much appreciative of the love.
After a 20-minute set change, the headliner of the night would proceed to the stage. Movements is an up and coming emo / pop-punk / spoken-word influenced band. After seeing success after their 2017 debut Feel Something, they have gone from playing 200-300 cap clubs to medium-sized ballrooms and theaters. Most people I’ve conversed with that night [jokingly] claimed that they were ready to cry tonight, due to Movements’ depressing lyrical content. Colorblind’s “save yourself I’m not worth the time” and Deadly Dull’s “what’s it like to be erased every time you fall asleep” are just a few simple examples. Movements would start their set an interesting way, as they would continue to open the set with the closing track from Feel Something, “The Grey.” The crowd were enjoying themselves in a sorrowful way, as they would sing these songs with sadness and despair. 11 emotional songs later, Movements would end their regular set, but reappear a few minutes later to close the show with what should’ve been Feel Something’s first single, “Daylily.”
Movements Spring Tour would then conclude after that song, and what seemed like half the show would head over to Sgt. Pepperoni’s in the Garden Bowl to grab a slice of Detroit’s “best slice in Midtown.”