When: Thu., Dec. 31, 10 p.m. 2015
There’s no strong reason why the Promise Ring are playing all of Nothing Feels Good in its entirety for tonight’s New Year’s Eve bash. Sure, Jade Tree reissued the album this past fall, but it also rereleased the Milwaukee emo titans’ 30 Degrees Everywhere (1996) and Very Emergency (1999). Nothing Feels Good came out in ’97, which doesn’t provide a nice round number for an anniversary bash, and the band toured the reunion circuit three years ago. The best reason may be the simplest: Nothing Feels Good is fantastic. An important document of emo’s progression that transcends its scene and time period, the album sounds like the best of emo (and punk) in 1997, but I like to think anyone unfamiliar with that world can throw on the record and get hooked by the energy bolts of hardcore and the sugar rushes of rock that aim for the adrenal gland. The album shoots for the heart too—front man Davey von Bohlen’s delivery has the everyman charm of a bar regular who passionately sings along with his favorite songs whenever they come on the jukebox. Nothing Feels Good is jammed with cuts that encourage people to sing along as well, and von Bohlen keeps sharpening his pop-songwriting skills in Maritime, where he plays with Promise Ring drummer Dan Didier. When Maritime opened for American Football at Lincoln Hall earlier this year, Mike Kinsella favorably compared the band to Taylor Swift. The last time the Promise Ring played Metro was in 2012, and I was so taken by their fierce, fun set I went to see two more of their reunion performances.
Price: $51, $46 in advance