Photos and Review By Natasha Lewandowski
September 15 was an exciting night for Syracuse music fans. It is rare that three shows play on the same night in this town, let alone three sold out shows on a Wednesday night! The Foo Fighters played a two-hour set at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview after a delay that almost caused a cancellation. Buckcherry rocked Sharkey’s Event Center at Sharkey’s Bar and Grill. Motionless in White with Dying Wish and Silent Planet played the Westcott Theater.
Three amazing bands on the same night, how do you decide which one to see? I love the Scranton, PA natives Motionless in White and decided that was the one for me. I wasn’t the only one eager to see Motionless, some dedicated fans waited ten hours for the doors to open so that they could secure a spot in front of the stage.
Portland hardcore band, Dying Wish, started off the evening. Lead singer, Emma Boster’s, guttural growls got the crowd hyped up. The band is releasing their debut LP Fragments of a Bitter Memory on October 1. They also have an awesome vinyl preorder going on right now. The vinyl is being released in limited quantities on bone/cherry red, gold, clear/black smash, and coke bottle clear. Grab one before they are sold out. Dying Wish is on the rise and is gaining notoriety in the hardcore community. Be on the lookout for more from them.
Next up was California metalcore band, Silent Planet. Silent Planet has been busy recording new music during the pandemic, including “Trilogy” a single that revolves around lead singer Garrett Russell’s stay in a mental hospital. Russell took a moment to touch on how important mental health is during their set, “I’ve been picking up the pieces and finding hope in the middle of the chaos.” The band is also set to release their fourth studio album Iridescent on November 12. You can check out the single “Terminal” available now.
Then it was time for Motionless in White to take the stage. It felt like the energy from the fans could have blown the roof off the Westcott Theater as Chris “Motionless” Cirulli (lead vocals), Ryan Sitkowski (lead guitar), Ricky “Horror” Olson (guitar), Vinny Mauro (drums), and Justin Morrow (bass) took the stage. Motionless has also been busy recording new music during the pandemic and released “Somebody Told Me” (Killer’s cover), “The Quarantine Experiments” a synthwave version of their song “Voices” and a new single titled “Timebomb.”
The band played a nice mix of old and new “Black Damask (The Fog),” “Necessary Evil,” and Disguise.” They ended their set with “Eternally Yours” before coming back and treating the unrelenting fans to “Reincarnate.” Be sure to check out Motionless in White the next time they are in the area. You won’t be disappointed.
Setlist: Thoughts & Prayers, Necessary Evil, Voices, Soft, Rats, Timebomb, Dark Passenger, Another Life, Somebody Told Me (Killer’s cover), Black Damask (The Fog), Brand New Numb, Disguise, Eternally Yours, Reincarnate