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Cory Wells & Selfish Things Live Show Review Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA March 3rd, 2019 By Ariana Leo, Photojournalist

Cory Wells & Selfish Things

Live Show Review

Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA

March 3rd, 2019

By Ariana Leo, Photojournalist



On the Boston stop of Cory Wells’ first national tour, the acoustic singer/songwriter held the crowd in a near-trance with the raw passion in his stripped-down performance.

“You guys are so quiet and respectful,” Wells remarked between songs.

Make no mistake, though: this crowd—a surprisingly decent-sized one for a Sunday evening with a snowstorm on the waywas anything but disinterested. Wells’ vocalsaggressive, emotional, and puremay have left them awestruck between songs, but during them, fans raised their hands and screamed the powerful, hard-hitting lyrics back to him, clearly connecting with the deeply personal stories Wells told through his music. This tour, headlined by former Yellowcard frontman William Ryan Key, may have been Wells’ first, but he was clearly no stranger at Brighton Music Hall. Being a rather soft-spoken artist himself, his bursts of aggressive strumming and chilling pitched screams were somewhat jarring, making himand his performanceall the more memorable.


Wells’ set included two new tracks, “Lost” and “Patience,” for which he recently released a beautiful muted-colored music video. He is one of those artists whose essence and energy a recording just can’t fully capture, so even those who had already heard the two new songs before Sunday’s show were in for a pleasant surprise. These melancholy, punk-influenced masterpieces were both born out of Wells’ own personal experiences with the ugly truths of life most people instinctively hide away. The heart and soul poured into his songs was reflected beautifully in his live performance, his acoustic guitar the only barrier standing between him and an eager crowd of pop-punk lovers.


Immediately after Wells came four-piece Canadian rock band Selfish Things, whom Wells described as “the most unselfish people I’ve ever met in my life.” They quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, taking instant command of the stage and tearing it up. Guitarist Cam Snooks, the band’s resident firecracker, stood still for no longer than 0.5 seconds, to the delight of every showgoer and the frustration of every photographer. Lead vocalist Alex Biro’s facial expressions told all, exuding the same kind of emotion that characterized Wells’ set.


About halfway through their performance, Biro sat down at his keyboard to bring things down a notch, without dimming the spark of energy in the room. In between ballads, he paused to share with the crowd the philosophy of Selfish Things: we must all learn to hold ourselves accountable for our own actionsthen, and only then, can we become the people we’re meant to be.


Both artists are signed to well-known rock label Pure Noise. Expect a brand-new EP from Selfish Things on March 16th, and a busy second half of 2019 for both artists as they continue to work their way up the ranks in the alternative music scene.


Cory Wells - Official Website





Selfish Things - Official Website




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