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On September 6th, at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC, Lion in The Mane performed together for the first time in three years, and if there was any rust, it wasn’t apparent to anyone in the crowd.
The NYC-based rock band – which technically split up in 2017, but hadn’t all been on the same stage together since the year prior – effortlessly slipped back into form on this night that was one part reunion, one part show.
Still feeling the vibe of a great night, here are three reasons why Lion in The Mane need to continue their comeback.
1. Pop punk’s not dead!
If you’re anything like me, you already miss Warped Tour, which is why I absolutely loved Lion in The Mane’s set, as it brought me back to those summer days of rockin’ out, and sweating through my clothes.
The band sounded like they could’ve been on one of the main stages of Warped Tour, as despite three years apart, they were incredible tight, and frontman Jon Masters’ vocals are pop punk perfection.
I legitimately thought they might break into a cover of Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue,” or a song by The Summer Set. They sounded that damned good.
2. Their energy and excitement over playing together again was huge
I caught up with various members of the band both before, and after, the show, and one thing they all had in common was they were hyped. This reunion was clearly something everyone was stoked about, and getting back together brought about a level of excitement in them that spread throughout the venue.
Masters would work his way into the crowd multiple times during their set, and he, along with guitar player Andrew Lynch, climbed on top of the bar for one of the band’s final songs, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
Post-show, drummer Jonny Coryn was so amped up he could barely stand still.
When everyone in a band is this excited about being back together, it’s a pretty good indicator that they should keep it going. Yes, two of the members are also currently in Young Thieves (Lynch, and Dmitry Libman), but artists are in multiple bands all the time, so they could conceivably make it happen.
3. They packed the house
By the time Lion in The Mane hit the stage Arlene’s Grocery was as packed as I’ve ever seen it. It was legitimately tough to move.
I realize that in music you can’t say that the numbers never lie – album sales have been manipulated over the years, payola exists, etc. – but a packed house can’t be faked, especially a packed house with fans who are singing along, and that was the case on this night.
Personally, I’d love to see many more packed nights in Lion in The Mane’s future. I know if they play in the city again, I’ll be in the crowd.
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