Irving Plaza | New York City, New York
This September, post-hardcore powerhouse Senses Fail is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their 2008 effort, Life is Not a Waiting Room. The record remains the band’s highest charting effort, topping Billboard’s Independent chart and peaking at number 18 on the Billboard 200. This fall, the New Jersey natives will commemorate this groundbreaking work by performing the album in its entirety. That means Senses Fail goes beyond the officially released single, “Family Tradition,” and fans will get to experience all the tracks live! The Life is Not A Waiting Room Tour kicks off at the beginning of September, and the band will make its way across 28 cities, including a highly-coveted stop at the Irving Plaza in New York City! Accompanying the band will be their support acts, Holding Absence and Thousand Below, who will also promote their slew of new tracks from their latest albums, The Noble Art of Self Destruction and Hell Finds You Everywhere! Catch these hard-hitting post-hardcore outfits rock it out at the Irving Plaza by scoring your tickets now!
It seems like it was just yesterday when Senses Fail dropped their breakout hit, “Can’t Be Saved,” in 2007. At the time, the band was well into their sophomore album, and the single preceded the moderately welcomed debut singles “Buried a Lie” and “Rum is For Drinking, Not for Burning.” However, the release of “Can’t Be Saved” from their sophomore effort, Still Searching, had the whole emo and post-hardcore scene turn their heads toward the band. The young quintet from Ridgefield, New Jersey, had something to say, and they were making quite a loud statement.
True enough, the band is absolutely worth everyone’s attention. They even got the iconic independent record label (that houses all your favorite emo bands) to look their way. This resulted in the reissuing of their 2003 EP, From the Depths of Dreams. Before you know it, Senses Fail has scored some amazing gigs, including touring with The Used, Finch, The Starting Line, and Millencolin.
After belting out the iconic hit, “Can’t Be Saved,” which, by the way, went gold in the U.S., the band followed with the seventh and most successful single, “Family Tradition.” When the predecessor served as the band’s signal for music fans to look their way, “Family Tradition” demanded the fans to come over, have a drink, and never leave. The song became Sense Fail’s staple, and the record, along with its other tracks, helped establish the band as one of the major players in the post-hardcore scene. Sense Fail has already amassed a loyal following thanks to frontman and main songwriter Buddy Nielsen’s striking and honest lyrics.
This is why 15 years later, the band sets out on tour just to commemorate their exemplary work with Life is Not a Waiting Room. The album, produced in collaboration with Brian McTernan, was a by-product of the line-up – Nielsen and former bandmates, guitarists Garret Zablocki and Heath Saraceno, drummer Dan Trapp, and bassist Jason Black.
This 2023, Nielsen is joined by the band’s current line-up, and together they will deliver the album from start to finish. This pivotal moment will pretty much take up the entire September, with a few dates in October. Fans who miss out on this tour may never get to experience this opportunity again. So hurry and score tickets now to see Senses Fail deliver their groundbreaking album, Life is Not a Waiting Room, on stage at the Irving Plaza!