Senses Fail – Stone Pony

New Jersey natives, Senses Fail played their final date on the spring 2013 tour at The Stone Pony to a sold out crowd in Asbury Park. Joining them were fellow Jersey natives Major League, Chicago-based Real Friends, and Rochester’s own Such Gold.

Prior to seeing them live, I had heard some mixed reactions from friends who have seen them several times before. This was my first time seeing them live, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

Along with being a “hometown” show, Senses Fail put on a well-rounded concert. In typical Jersey fashion, much of their audience banter became personal, revolving around food: reminiscing about afternoons filled with friends and beef jerky snacks, how awesome Snack Packs are, and, of course, how no one else can compete with bagels from the East Coast.

They played a variety of songs from their newest album, Renacer, as well as some old crowd favorites like “NJ Falls into the Atlantic”, “Cute When You Scream,” “Rum is for Drinking, Not for Burning,” and closed the show with “Bite to Break Skin.”

For anyone who has never been to The Stone Pony before, it is one of the more intimate rock venues, holding only a few hundred people instead of a few thousand. On a sold-out night, there is not much room, even to find a direct route to the bathroom, let alone space for mosh pits and crowd surfers.

I was pleasantly surprised when they were on point musically and vocally. They had a great energy that filled the room and just made everyone want to jump in the pit.

What made this final night of the tour extra special was that they officially retired “187” where it began. On their Facebook, they made the official statement on Friday saying, “We will be officially retiring 187 tomorrow night in New Jersey. It is where the song was born and it is where it will be put to rest.”

Overall, they put on a great show. I’m glad they weren’t a disappointment and they definitely made me want to see them again!

Jersey Girl at Emo At Heart