‘What’s Your Motive?’ The Hails Concert Review

The indie-rock band The Hails recently started their first cross-country tour on their debut album What’s Your Motive?. One of their first stops was in Boston at the Middle East Restaurant. Before going to the concert, I had only listened to a few of their songs, but I was sold at the price of $15 per ticket for general admission. I met up with my boyfriend and his friends at UMass Lowell that weekend for the concert on September 17th. 

We arrived at the venue at 7 p.m. as listed on the tickets. At first glance, the building was a clustered bar with a hallway leading to the venue in the back. After showing our tickets, we walked down a sketchy hallway to the “upstairs”(there were in fact, no stairs) and found that there was a medium-sized room meant for about 150 people and a stage about two feet off the ground. 

The two openers were Wisconaut and Shallow Alcove, two small groups touring with The Hails. At 8:30 p.m., The Hails took the stage. My boyfriend and I managed to squeeze our way to the second row through the crowd of people. The band was extremely talented and had amazing chemistry with each other through every song. My favorites from the night were “Breathless”, “Stay”, and “Caligula”. 

Once the concert concluded, the band got right off the stage and onto the venue floor to talk to fans and take pictures. I ended up getting a picture with the entire band (minus one). This concert was honestly my favorite of all time. The venue, music, environment, price, and friendliness of the band was amazing! The Hails is by far my favorite band and I haven’t been able to stop listening to them! 

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