"What's your favorite band?" was definitely a question asked many times during college. As with all "favorites" questions, I'm usually not very confident in my answers. I have such a wide variety of interests, and music is especially one of those that just depends on my mood or activity on a given day.
Nevertheless, I'll now say Needtobreathe is my favorite band, and I've never been more confident than ever to say it out loud. They're finishing up a tour right now, and I got to see them in New York last week at Terminal Five with a slew of good friends.
It was my fourth time seeing them live, and it was by far the best I've seen them. The show was so thoughtfully and thoroughly put together from start to finish. In the commentary around their latest album "Rivers in the Wasteland," the group talks about finding themselves again among the celebrity status and pressures of constantly writing new music. This show definitely provided a visual to that revelation—they had a good time playing the music they loved.
There were three opening acts that each had mini sets before NTB took the stage. Each one—Colony House, Drew Holcomb, and Switchfoot—crushed it and definitely set the mood for the evening. The was a mutual respect in the air and a joy that oozed off the stage into the audience. These groups reminded me of why I like music in the first place; it's about expression, vulnerability, dreams, and connection.
Then the main act took center stage with a set that furthered the imagery of their story. Their voices were strong, and every part of the production made sense from lights to audio dynamics. This thoughtfulness unashamedly gave me chill bumps. (It still kinda does.)
They didn't play many of their past hits, but I'm honestly glad they refrained. It wouldn't have made sense. The songs listed below, which they did play, progressed the mood line after line. If you haven't given this group (or any of their openers) a listen, please do it asap. You'll be glad you did.
- State I'm In with Oohs and Ahhs
- The Outsiders
- Keep Your Eyes Open
- The Heart
- Something Beautiful
- Feet, Don't Fail Me Now
- Oh, Carolina
- Difference Maker
- Wanted Man
- Brother feat. the opening acts
- Washed by the Water