Finding Happiness within Sad Songs: Dayseeker Headlines at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS


Finding Happiness within Sad Songs: Dayseeker Headlines at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS on September 2nd, 2022


The air was electric in front of The Bottleneck, even as the line had barely begun forming.After all, most that were there knew exactly what they were in for with the arrival of Dayseeker in Lawrence. While the band has played a handful of times in Lawrence, Kansas City or the surrounding areas, this was the first time they had headlined since 2017. With that in mind (and the incredible line-up that the night had in store), the doors opened and the room quickly filled. With a soundtrack of 90s rap, the wait had begun and the tension couldn’t be thicker.

Moodring kicked things off in style, offering ambiance and atmosphere, as opposed to full-on energy. Even without a completely energetic performance, the energy radiated from the stage and the crowd fed off of it. If you hadn’t heard of Moodring prior to this article, it’s worth noting that their style is very nu-metal (a la Deftones or the like). Dressed in black, these guys made it clear that they were here to have a good time. Vocalist Hunter Young glided from stage left to stage right and back again, with a commanding presence. It seemed, at first, that the crowd had no idea how to react to their performance… until Young hit his first scream, wherein they lost it and found themselves entranced by what lay in front of them. While most of the material performed was from their current release, Stargazer, there were a few surprises from their debut EP, Showmetherealyou which was released in Summer ‘21. Full setlist can be viewed at the following link


Next up was the band that few seemed to know was there, but all thoroughly enjoyed. New Transcendence has a history with Thriller Records’ band, AVOID, as we had the pleasure of premiering their debut single under their previous name, AVOID ME and it’s always a pleasure to watch them perform. Seeing the room go from a collective “what? There’s a 4th band?” to completely tearing it apart was a sight to behold. Vocalist Benny Scholl’s chaotic performance, coupled with his infectious smile, created a molotov cocktail of energy that quickly turned into a mushroom cloud, enveloping all in its path. Included in their jam-packed set was their current single, “Whatever” from their debut, full-length album, Cult Mentality which is set for release in November. What was completely unexpected, though, is that they decided to pull out an unreleased song, “Blast Off!” which is about partaking of the “devil’s lettuce.” While the major focus was on the currently released songs from Cult Mentality, there were a couple of throwbacks to previous material, with the crowd having the most fun during “Hostage at a Beach House Party.” It is also worth noting that there was an AVOID superfan attending this date and it was awesome to see something like that at an event that wasn’t a headlining set! If he happens to read this, I’d love him to reach out to me so that we can chat about his experience! The full setlist can be viewed here


The Word Alive need no introduction in the world of post-hardcore, so to say that the crowd went wild for the Phoenix-based band should serve as no surprise. However, this was my first time seeing them, after many years of hearing how incredible their performances were. Needless to say, I can now attest to these claims. Having been on the scene for over a decade, they had a lot of material to pull from. While a lot of the material in this set was from their past couple of albums, they pulled out “Dragon Spell” for the old school TWA fans and crowd favorite “Overdose”, which set the crowd ablaze. While the stage they were on was small, the energy that infected these guys was otherworldly. You’d think that the crowd would have no energy left after the blazing set that was just performed by AVOID but they had seemingly been re-energized by the first 30 seconds of this electrifying set. While the band spoiled their setlist pre-tour, it can be viewed here


The lights came up and you could cut the tension with a knife, as the crowd began to chant “Rory!” or “Dayseeker!,” or some variation of these. The opening notes of “Embers Glow” played over the speakers and everyone went wild as Dayseeker, sans-Rory Rodriguez, stepped on stage. As the intro faded and the lights came up, he stepped into the spotlight and there was not a single body in the room that lie still. Burning masterfully through songs such as “The Color Black,” “Vultures” and even an acoustic-into-full-band rendition of “Already Numb,” there was no shortage of emotion, both on stage or within the venue. Of course, the set wouldn’t have been complete without the appearance of the band’s latest two singles, “Without Me” and “Neon Grave” from their newly-announced album, Dark Sun. Having recently completed their “Sleeptalk” tour, it was no surprise that a lot of the material in their set was still heavily pulled from that album but no one in the room minded, as everyone practically went hoarse from singing/screaming every word. The most memorable moments of the set were those where Rory held the mic above the crowd as we echoed the next lyrics, which brought tears and a smile to his, as well as the rest of the bands’ face. There was no shortage of energy or power behind this set and it was clear that on stage was exactly where they desired to be. 


This tour is one that I would not miss, given the chance to see it again. Every band brought their A-game, they tore Lawrence apart and they made sure that the crowd knew that they were out for a good time. Be sure to catch this incredible line-up, if you get a chance! The remaining dates are below and, while AVOID, was only added to the first two, the rest of the show is not to be missed! End Summer right and go check it out! They will also be out with Bad Omens starting on November 3rd, so be sure to get your tickets to that tour, as well! 


Check out a couple photos from the show, courtesy of The Word Alive’s touring photographer



 8/31— Colorado Springs, CO — Black Sheep

9/2 — Lawrence, KS — Bottleneck

9/3 — Springfield, MO — The Riff

9/4 — St. Louis, MO — Red Flag

9/6 — Bloomington, IL — Castle Theater

9/7 — Grand Rapids, MI — Elevation

9/8 — Dayton, OH – Brightside

9/9 — Alton, VA — Blue Ridge Rock Fest*

9/11 — Birmingham, AL — Zydeco

9/12 — Memphis, TN — Growlers

9/14 — Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live

9/15 — Lubbock, TX — Jake’s

9/17 — Tucson, AZ — 191 Toole



11/3 — Charlotte, NC —The Underground

11/4 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade (Heaven)

11/5 — Tampa, FL —The Orpheum

11/7 — Houston, TX — Rise Houston

11/8 — Dallas, TX — South Side Music Hall

11/10 — Mesa, AZ — Nile Theater

11/12 — Anaheim, CA — House of Blues

11/13 — Roseville, CA — Goldfield Trading Post

11/15 — Portland, OR — Bossanova Ballroom

11/16 — Seattle, WA —El Corazon

11/18 — Salt Lake City, UT —The Complex

11/20 — Denver, CO — Summit Music Hall

11/22 — Minneapolis, MN — Cabooze

11/23 — Milwaukee, WI — The Rave/Eagles Club

11/25 — Chicago, IL — Concord Music Hall

11/26 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues

11/27 — Toronto, ON — Danforth Music Hall

11/29 — Cincinnati, OH — Bogart’s

11/30 — Nashville, TN — Brooklyn Bowl

12/3 — Pittsburgh, PA — Roxian Theatre

12/4 — Detroit, MI — Saint Andrews

12/6 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer

12/7 — Montreal, QC — Club Soda

12/9 — Worcester, MA — Palladium

12/10 — Baltimore, MD — Rams Head Live

12/11 — New York, NY — Irving Plaza

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