Post by Nicole Calascibetta

Black & White Photos by Dan BassiniColor Photos by Christopher Vanderyajt

This past friday, December 23rd, Saves The Day and Senses Fail returned to their NJ roots and rocked the Starland Ballroom. Sponsored by Red Bull Noise Complaint,  $1 of every ticket was donated to The Court Tavern of New Brunswick, a special venue to Saves The Day and Senses Fail since both bands developed their start in the New Brunswick music scene.

Set It Free, Banquets and Balance and Composure opened the show. While Set It Free and Banquets were your standard pop-punk bands with a couple decent hooks here and there, Balance and Composure nearly stole the night when they took the stage.

As the blue stage lights descended upon Balance and Composure, the soft guitar rifts to “Void” began to fill the venue and the crowd collectively pushed forward. Along with “Void”, they performed other new songs off of their latest album Separation (2011) such as “Fade” and “Quake”. With their haunting sound and uncanny musical talent, Balance and Composure undoubtably put on one of the best performances of the night.

And when it was time for Saves The Day to be reunited with their NJ music scene, they were greeted by their old, new and the completely diehard fans. With seven albums and one complete trilogy of music to choose from, Saves The Day had anoutstanding line up, beginning with “Firefly” off of their ten year old record Stay What You Are. (Yes, it really has been that long). Songs off of their new album Daybreak such as “Deranged and Desperate” were also featured.

Their performance was flawless and the connection with the crowd made the night even more special. I watched the three fans in front of me pour their emotions into every song they sang  along to and practically cry as Saves The Day left the stage after closing with “At Your Funeral”.

Senses Fail played mostly new material, but they occasionally brought us back to the days of teen angst with some tracks offof their record Let It Enfold You. Although Buddy Nielsen became a tad obnoxious in between songs by taking his time to discuss completely random matters, musically wise they put on a powerful performance that connected with their fans.

Overall what made this an amazing show was the mixture of old and new from Balance and Composure, Saves The Day and Senses Fail. The nostalgia of the old and the excitement of the new had the crowd bursting into a frenzy with each song. Not to mention the free Red Bulls at the end of the night were also a plus.