After energetic opening sets from the trio of artists, including Eliot Lee, John Harvie, and Honey Revenge, the stage was set for Meet Me @ The Altar. On a dark, rainy and cold Sunday night in Paradise Rock Club, Boston, the room was packed with excited and eager fans.
Meet Me @ The Altar
Paradise Rock Club, Boston – 28 January 2024
Words And Photography: Emmy Barone
Opening with Same Language, from their latest album, Past // Present // Future, Meet Me @ The Altar took the stage with a confident and upbeat energy that perfectly set the tone for the rest of their show. They then took it back to their earlier EPs with Now Or Never and Beyond My Control before playing another song from their latest release, Try.
The perfect balance of Téa Campbell’s catchy guitar riffs and Ada Juarez’s driving drums, paired with Edith Victoria’s powerful and energetic vocal performance, made for a show that kept the audience jumping and moshing along to every song.
With breakdowns that not a single audience member could resist headbanging to, MM@TA proved song after song why they are not a band to be ignored.
For the next track, the band gave the audience a choice between two songs. As Edith called out the titles, the audience enthusiastically cheered for each song. They then launched into the crowd’s song choice, May The Odds Be In Your Favor.
Hit Like A Girl prompted a full-on mosh pit during the breakdown section after Edith’s vocal line, “Ladies and ladies, no gentlemen. Show me what you got. Do it.”
Because their show caters to a crowd with lots of moshing and crowd surfing, Edith and the band took time in between songs to make sure that everyone was okay and encouraged everyone to look out for one another.
As they continued through their set, the band had just as much energy and enthusiasm as the audience, with Edith and Tea effortlessly running and jumping around the stage, and Ada powering through each and every song with her high-energy drumming.
After another one of their newly released songs, It’s Over For Me, the band continued with a few short covers, one chosen by each band member. Throwing it back with Kelly Clarkson’s Since You’ve Been Gone, Take Me Away from the 2003 film Freaky Friday, and finally The Jonas Brothers’ Burnin’ Up.
As they finished their set with songs T.M.I., Garden, Feel A Thing, Kool, and the song their tour is titled after, Say It To My Face. There was continuously a strong, upbeat energy and joy that could be seen and heard in their performances. Meet Me @ The Altar was seamlessly locked in throughout each song, with Tea and Ada hitting every intricate rhythm with ease.
With a signature sound reminiscent of the best parts of 2000s Disney Channel-esque pop punk, with complex yet catchy rhythms, flawless musicianship, and Guitar Hero character-worthy performances, it is easy to see why Meet Me @ The Altar are quickly making a name for themselves in the industry.
Their music and the devoted and enthusiastic fanbase at their shows are a force of positivity and a celebration of the power of authenticity and representation in music.