AJR Has Syracuse “Come Hang Out” At 95X’s Big-X-Cuse REVIEW+PHOTOS: AJR @ 95X BIG-X-CUSE! 6/16/18
SYRCAUSE, NY- Bringing together some of the most popular names in alternative rock out there, Syracuse’s 95X debuted it’s first ever Big-X-Cuse Fest! With a line-up featuring both seasoned veterans and newcomers to the alternative rock scene, 95X’s lineup was very impressive considering it was the radio station’s first year hosting this event.
With four acts down and four more to go, the festivities were only just beginning. With Moon Taxi stirring the energy pot, I had a feeling that AJR’s following performance was going kick it up a notch. The prospects got me giddy with anticipation that AJR’s performance was going to be a blast to document.
Young musicians who have garnered much attention with their ability to concoct synth and bass heavy bangers, AJR are a band of brothers: Ryan, Jack, and Adam Met. Showing their youthful energy through their live sets, the largest crowd of the day formed for the three brothers who were nothing short of spectacular.
It seemed like AJR was pulling out all the stops with Jack running wildly around stage as they started things off with “Come Hang Out” off their critically acclaimed sophomore album, The Click. With their fans lining the barrier and singing along to virtually every word out of Jack’s mouth, AJR’s set definitely rained supreme when compared to the three that came before them (which is saying a lot). Interestingly enough, their sound strongly reminded me of a more lighthearted Twenty-One Pilots; their stage presence as well. For the amount of time they had on stage, like the other openers, AJR absolutely owned it.
A highlight of their performance was when they played “Sober Up”; an incredibly catchy track. Although it’s one of the more lighter songs the dudes have put out, the acoustics add a nice touch to the light atmosphere of the song. I also enjoyed how personable AJR’s set was as well. In a human moment, they accepted a young fan’s drawing with words of thanks and advice about life and how we should all just be happy to be alive on this “gorgeous day”. From busking around New York City to playing some of the biggest festivals and stages in the world, AJR’s success can only be attributed to their talent as both performers and musicians. Only being in their early 20’s, the future for this band of brother looks to nothing but boundless.