Emo Nite LA: San Francisco Take 2

My first Emo Nite LA (in San Francisco) took place in July. It’s October and time for Round 2.

You might remember I was just a teeny bit wasted faced for my first Emo Nite. Well this go-round I’m a bit more poor and trying not to blow all my money on alcohol. So I spent the night completely sober. It’s a bit of a different experience to tell you the truth.

Note to self: be less poor.

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There was a guest DJ this time (or is there always a guest DJ and I just missed that announcement last time?) from Set Your Goals. He played quite a bit of music I was not familiar with. Then again, I’m not familiar with his band either, so.

I noticed a tip jar at merch this time that I didn’t catch before. There was a jar for Taking Back Sunday and a jar for Brand New. It was really cute, a little competition between bands. My money would so be with Taking Back Sunday if I had any to spare.

Amazingly enough, I ran into a few friends there: Melissa, who I know through the Matches fanbase, and the drummer of local band Septacy, Jason, and his girlfriend, Kayla.

Jason: “Aren’t you following I the Mighty right now?”
Me: “Yes. And Green Day. And Coheed.”

Melissa and I danced together a bit. They played some Taking Back Sunday and My Chemical Romance repeats throughout the night, but no complaints from me.

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Front right is Melissa. That derp in the back? Yup. Me.

I requested the Matches and was disappointed when I did not get them. I told a girl in the bathroom that’s who my request was for, and she said she’d “been to every show.” I laughed and told her I was close to that.

There’s something truly magically about a room full of grown men losing their shit to Panic! at the Disco’s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”

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Do you see me derping in the background of these? I’m there.

At one point a pit opened up and my arms did a weird thing. I’m too bony for my own good sometimes.

Me: “I wanna have a good prom experience before I die!”

Prom being the last Coheed show of the current tour, happening in New Jersey the next weekend. Yes, dresses and suits at a show are things.

It was around midnight when I started thinking about heading home. Mostly because… there’s something about emo songs that remind you of certain people to make a sober person feel some real emo feels at Emo Nite. The night was still a party, still loads of fun, but the irony of having to leave Emo Nite early because you’re getting hit with emo feels is strong. There was one song in particular I was happy to have been in the bathroom during.

Me: If I don’t know the next song, I’m going home.
Me: -spends the entire next song onstage-

Of course it was the All-American Rejects’ “One More Sad Song.” Of course it was. Like last time, it looked like no one else really knew it, and I love that album SO MUCH. So I figured someone should be onstage who loved it as much as I do/knew all the words. I did that shit justice. And I was sober. Boom.

Aaaaand then I went home. Until next time, emo fam!


Photo Credit: Gil Riego Junior

Lindsay Marshall

One time I sneezed and Billie Joe Armstrong blessed me.

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