You could be forgiven for thinking it’s still the late 1990s or early 2000s with Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco gracing rock magazine covers and headlining festivals. However, it’s bands like The Movielife that play the way we lived those years, all flailing limbs and crowd surfing at sweaty club shows.
The band haven’t long been back on the scene since breaking up in 2003 after a prolific five year career with 3 albums and several EPs, including the genre-defining The Movielife Has A Gambling Problem.
Often described as falling between pop punk and melodic hardcore, there was a danger that the present-day band could come across as whiny and angry, pining after golden years long since gone. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case. They were vibrant, engaging and all-smiles.
They didn’t hide from the time that’s passed, sardonically referring to their ‘semi-retirement’; “this is the most shows we’ve played consecutively since the year 2003. This is the fourth f***ing show!” They celebrated the value of getting together to dance the night away after all these years – “actually having a great time as adults.”
The set highlights were the definitive classics; Hand Grenade, Jamestown, Kelly’s Song and Walking On Glass, arguably one of the strongest songs of the genre.
Support came from PUP, a similarly energetic and endearing punk band on the rise.
Formed in 2013, they’re the new guard with their own cadre of passionate fans singing along to strong songs like Doubt.
Hailing from Toronto, they closed their set in the most delightfully Canadian way, praising the crowd for being “exceptionally polite.” Nicely done, PUP. Come back soon, eh?