On a chilly and a very rainy night in Pensacola, Florida, the city's music scene experienced a revival at The Handlebar on November 11th. The venue played host to a spectacular lineup headlined by the Minnesota midwest emo champions, Tiny Moving Parts. Joining them were the talented emo band from Atlanta, World's Greatest Dad, and marking their comeback after a multi-year hiatus, the local screamo legends, Scream Out Loud.
As fans packed The Handlebar, the anticipation in the air was palpable. Despite the cold and rainy weather, the venue was packed to the brim, fans were choking the stage and lined to the back merch tables and even spilling over into the courtyard. It was clear that this was a show fans had been eagerly awaiting, especially with the return of Scream Out Loud adding an extra layer of nostalgia and excitement to the evening.
Scream Out Loud
Kicking off the night, Scream Out Loud took the stage, immediately reminding the crowd why they are considered local legends. The screamo veterans delivered a powerful performance, proving that their time away from the stage only heightened their musical prowess. The crowd, clearly thrilled by their return, passionately screamed along with every word, creating an electric atmosphere that set the tone for the rest of the night.
The undeniable presence of Scream Out Loud's dedicated fanbase was evident as the band took the stage. Playing tracks like Live It Up, Lying In Wait, Who Turned Out the Lights, and even their cover of Jessie J's Price Tag, the audience transformed into a choir, singing every lyric with fervor. The expressions on the band's faces revealed their surprise at the overwhelming reception, showcasing just how sorely missed SOL was in our vibrant music scene.
But hold on to your emo hats because Scream Out Loud has dropped some bombshell news! Brace yourselves for their upcoming show on January 27th, a celebration marking the 12th anniversary of their iconic Live It Up album. Hosted by The Handlebar, this promises to be a show that sets the stage on fire. Get ready to immerse yourself in a night of nostalgia, camaraderie, and undoubtedly, some ear-shattering screams. The countdown to January 27th begins now!
World's Greatest Dad
Following the explosive return of Scream Out Loud, World's Greatest Dad kept the energy soaring with their emotive and dynamic set. Hailing from Atlanta and currently on tour with Tiny Moving Parts, the band showcased their musical prowess, blending heartfelt lyrics with powerful instrumentals. Their performance resonated with the audience, drawing them into a shared emotional experience.
Experiencing World's Greatest Dad live for the first time was a revelation. It's safe to say I've been sleeping on this gem, and boy, have I been missing out. Their stage presence was electrifying, and their performance was nothing short of stellar. The energy they brought was on another level, and their delivery was absolutely on point. It's crazy just how fully immersed the audience was, practically leaning into the stage, just to belt out the lyrics of their favorite tunes.
World's Greatest Dad is still currently on their US 2023 tour alongside Tiny Moving Parts, a journey that extends into December. Fingers crossed that they find their way back to the Gulf Coast soon, because one dose of their live magic is simply not enough.
Tiny Moving Parts
Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived as Tiny Moving Parts took center stage. Known for their energetic and emotive live shows, the Minnesota trio did not disappoint. The crowd, now completely sucked into the music, sang along word for word to every song, creating a symbiotic connection between the band and their devoted fans. The Handlebar became a melting pot of emotions, a space where the collective passion for music reached its peak.
Okay, I've got a couple of things to share here. A: Can we talk about Dylan's perpetual state of happiness? It's downright mind-blowing how he manages to radiate joy, even while pouring his heart into some seriously heart-wrenching songs. Not complaining at all, it's just awe-inspiring to witness someone finger-tapping their midwest emo magic with such infectious enthusiasm.
B: Confession time – I've been obsessed with Tiny Moving Parts for ages. I even jetted off to New York City just to catch them live, sharing the stage with The Menzingers and Daddy Issues in Brooklyn. Never in a million years did I think I'd have the privilege of witnessing their brilliance right here on our Gulf Coast. Seriously, why didn't anyone clue me in that there are fellow Tiny Moving Parts fanatics around here? We need to chat music, stat!
Despite the rain and cold, the atmosphere inside The Handlebar was nothing short of electric. It was a night that showcased the resilience of the local music scene, the enduring love of fans for their favorite bands, and the power live music has to bring people together. As the last notes echoed through the venue, it was evident that this show would be etched in the memories of those fortunate enough to be part of this emo extravaganza in Pensacola.