Grayscale, Guardin, Bearings, The Ivy
Big Night Live – Boston, MA – 8.3.2022
Words and photos by Brittany Isaacson

After traveling the country for almost a month, Grayscale played their final set of the Summer Dream Tour at Big Night Live in Boston. Featuring support from Guardin, Bearings, and The Ivy, The Summer Dream Tour made stops across the US and Canada.

Grayscale has been busy with the release of 2021’s Umbra and a 2021 winter headlining tour. The band carried that momentum into 2022, with the debut of their video for track “Motown” and the release of the Antumbra EP, a collection of three re-imagined tracks. Now wrapping up another headlining tour, it’s safe to say Grayscale has continued to stay on the forefront of the pop-punk music scene.

The final show of the Summer Dream Tour began with an electrifying set from synth-pop duo The Ivy. Playing hits like “Have You Ever Been In Love” and “Better In My Head,” The Ivy demanded attention from the start.

Next, Ontario-based quintet Bearings switched up the pace with an energetic pop-punk set. Fans crowd surfed and moshed to favorites such as “Eyes Closed,” and “Sway.”

Following the lively pop-punk set, New York musician Guardin took the stage, fusing pop-punk and rap influences. Tracks performed include “falling out the window” and the viral “i think you’re really cool.”

At last, Grayscale walked onto the stage, opening with throwback favorite “Let It Rain,” off 2017’s Adornment. The Philadelphia based alt-rock group followed with “Palette” and “Say Something” from 2016’s What We’re Missing.

Straightaway, Grayscale’s radiant energy filled the room as fans moshed, crowd surfed and sang along. 

The set continued with a vast yet cohesive mix of songs sampling different Grayscale eras. Favorites performed off 2019’s Nella Vita include “In Violet,” “Painkiller Weather,” and “Baby Blue.” Older favorites include “Forever Yours” and “Slept” off Adornment (2016). Grayscale also treated fans to their infectious 2020 single, “Diamond.”

Of course, Grayscale played a handful of tracks hailing from their latest record, Umbra, including “Dirty Bombs,” “Over Now,” “Babylon (Say It to My Face),” and “Motown.”

The Summer Dream Tour came to a close as Grayscale played the final songs of the tour at Boston’s Big Night Live. The crowd looked like a tide of crowd surfers and mosh pits as fans sang along to the chorus of “Atlantic” and a quick cover of “She’s So High.”

Grayscale have been climbing their way to the top of the alternative rock scene. Overall, Umbra sees the band refining their sound and proves to be an influential era for the group. With no sign of slowing down, we are looking forward to what’s next for group. In the meantime, be sure to stream Umbra, and follow along with Grayscale for more updates.

The Ivy