The House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn St.) was jam-packed with rowdy and energetic fans as post hardcore band Our Last Night took the stage Nov. 22. Crowd-surfers scaled the audience throughout the show and a wild mosh pit took over as the band played favorites from its old albums as well as its two newest albums released this year.
Central Illinois-based band Ashland had no problem kicking off the night and exciting the audience despite a more pop influenced setlist compared to the other bands that played the concert.
The bands The Word Alive and I See Stars followed Ashland with opening the show. Both bands’ strong stage presence and ability to engage the audience was impressive, making both bands the perfect support for Our Last Night. At one point, lead vocalist of I See Stars Devin Oliver jumped into the crowd while singing as fans held him up.
Our Last Night began its set with its hit song “Same Old War” off the album “Oak Island,” released in 2013. The band then played “The Beaten Path” off its latest studio album “Overcome the Darkness” released Nov. 8 which was a follow-up to the album “Let Light Overcome” released March 8.
Rapid, flashing lights mirrored the intensity and rhythm of many of the faster songs of the night. The dynamic, heavy song “Demons” was met with a handful of crowd-surfers as guitarist and back-up vocalist Matt Wentworth played with high-overdrive and bassist Woody Woodrow jumped around while flipping his hair.
The band performed its hard rock cover of Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” which appeared to be a fan favorite as the crowd screamed the lyrics and moshed in the pit. Vocalist Trevor Wentworth screamed while drummer Timothy Molloy showed off tricks with his drumsticks.
Trevor Wentworth confessed Chicago was “by far their best show” on tour so far and asked to take a selfie with the crowd after performing the final song “Common Ground.”
Fans yelled for an encore and the band delivered, closing the night with its song “Sunrise” off the album “Oak Island.” Even though the slower beat and piano components that define this song didn’t mirror the upbeat, fast tempos of the majority of the night, it was a perfect, uplifting song to end the show as fans held their lighters in the air and sang the lyrics together.
Our Last Night is available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify.