Underoath Rebirth Tour Live in Seattle

Underoath Rebirth Tour Live in Seattle

A mainly backlit stage set an intimate tone for the Instrumental band Caspian’s opening for UnderOath last Wednesday at the Showbox SoDo. Founded in 2003 in Beverly, MA, the band had its first EP release You Are The Conductor in 2005 and its most recent release Dust and Disquiet late in 2015.

Once on stage, Caspian’s rendition of American Post-Rock music was entrancing as they wove a musical narrative that moved the at capacity crowd and took them to their happy place. “Moving”, “Definitely a band I will check out” and “Thick music” were fan comments heard from across the crowd barrier as Caspian’s set ended.


Photo By Jamie Macdonald

The Grammy nominated band Underoath was formed in 1997 in Ocala, FL, by two friends Dallas Taylor and Luke Morton. Originally classified as American Christian Post-Hardcore, the band’s sound and genre classification has continued to evolve. This evolution was a result of founder Dallas Taylor’s musical influence subsiding while the writing of Gillespie and Chamberlain became more prevalent with albums #4 and #5, which are being featured in the Rebirth Tour. Gillespie and Chamberlain’s musical writings account for 18 of the 21 songs featured from the two albums.

From their first studio album, Act of Depression released in 1999 to their compilation album named Anthology in 2012, Underoath has undergone a number of band member overhauls. For the current Rebirth Tour, the six man lineup includes; Aaron Gillespie on drums and clean vocals, Christopher Dudley on keys, Timothy McTague on lead guitar, Grant Brandell on bass, Spencer Chamberlain lead Vocals and James Smith on rhythm guitar.

Once on stage, with a near perfect timed explosion of light, music and fan screams, it was clear that Underoath was back. Their nearly three year hiatus had little to no effect on their ability to move their devoted fans, and move they did; with hands pumping, fans jumping and a waterfall of surfers flowing over the front barricades into the pit.

The sold out crowd’s enthusiasm was rewarded with the band playing all the songs off of two of their Gold Albums, They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define the Great Line;

They’re only Chasing Safety
Young and Aspiring
A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White
The Impact of Reason
Reinventing Your Exit
The Blue Note
It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door
Down, Set, Go
I Don’t Feel Very Receptive Today
I’m Content With Losing
Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape

Define the Great Line
In Regards to Myself
A Moment Suspended in Time
There Could Be Nothing After This
You’re Ever So Inviting
Returning Empty Handed
Casting Such a Thin Shadow
Moving for the Sake of Motion
Writing on the Walls

All in all it was a great night of music; one of those moments where fans are both rekindled and made. It’s unclear whether Underoath will continue to make music after the Rebirth Tour concludes, however, the statements on stage by the current members that “The most important part of this tour was the fact that they could once again call each other best friends”, bodes well for the future.


Editors Note:

Photography and Review Contributed by Jamie MacDonald




Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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