Armor For Sleep has some obsessed fans. As a devoted fan of live shows, my one comment about many various concerts I have seen in the NYC area is the annoying lack of excitement by the crowd. This is not the case with Armor For Sleep. Their new album What To Do When You Are Dead just hit stores this Tuesday, yet the fans already know the songs word for word. From the opening chords of “Car Underwater”, the crowd turned into a swirling sea of arms reaching out for frontman Ben Jorgensen. The Armor-fanatics love Jorgensen, and he gives them plenty of opportunities to interact throughout the show. It is this symbiotic relationship between the band and their fans during the performance that really pushes their concerts to the next level.
The setlist included plenty of older tunes, including the crowd favorite “My Town”. I was interested to hear their newer material live, which they pulled off with flying colors. A personal favorite was “Stay On The Ground”, combining PJ Decicco’s huge guitar riffs with Jorgensen’s melodic chorus. The energy in the room was contagious, which came to a climax with their closing song “Dream To Make Believe”. Jorgensen fell into the sea of outstretched arms with his mic, allowing his followers to sing along. Watching these kids become active participants in Armor’s set showed a relationship between band and fans that you rarely see these days. With a fantastic album and supportive base of followers, this is a band that is going places.