It has been a while since I have trekked over to Dayton for a show, but as soon as I found out Seasons After would be playing Oddbody’s (formerly McGuffey’s) on June 5 I knew there was no way I was going to miss them. Shortly after I discovered Seasons After in 2011 through hearing their remake of the iconic Lost Boys song “Cry Little Sister”, I might add that their version is actually better than the original, the band went on a hiatus for approximately 3 years or so. 2014 saw the bands return with the impressive new album Calamity Scars And Memoirs. Now, back and better than ever, the band has been on what has been aptly titled the Reawakening Tour, and Seasons After have been reawakening fans to what makes this band special. Being in a smaller venue also made this a much more memorable show due to the intimate setting. In fact, it wasn’t unusual to see the guys in Seasons After or tour mates Flaw and Oblivious Signal all make time to meet with fans outside the venue, at the merch table or just mingling around taking pictures signing autographs or just engaging in conversation.
Taking the stage around 10:00pm amidst heavy smoke and lights, Tony Housh (vocals), Chris Dawson (guitar), James Beattie (guitar), Tim Rails (drums) and Kyle Erbert (bass) commanded the attention of everyone in the room as they launched into a blistering set consisting of songs from both Calamity Scars And Memoirs and Through Tomorrow that included “Break To Survive”, “11:11”, “Gettin’ Even”, “One More Step”, “Some Things Burn”, “Weathered And Worn”, “So Long Goodbye”, “Lights Out” culminating into the anxiously awaited and searing version of “Cry Little Sister” that only Seasons After can deliver. At the close of this amazing set, I was left wanting more, which is exactly what a great band leaves you with. You could tell that through the time off from recording that these guys had remained active together as this set was tight and melodic and it is really good to see these guys back out on the road.