Ten Years of The Everglow: Mae at the El Rey

On May 28, I joined a couple of my friends to see Mae celebrate the tenth anniversary of their album, The Everglow, at the El Rey. The band name comes from the term “multi-sensory aesthetic experience” and that’s a good way to describe the concert since the stage lights, the music, and the tinge of nostalgia all melded together to create one big feels trip.

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I don’t even remember how I got into Mae. The Everglow came out in spring of 2005, so I was in the latter half of my sophomore year in high school. I just know that the songs appealed to my emo/angsty self and I got my friend Saba, who came with me to the anniversary concert, into the band as well.

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The song that I was obsessed with the most was “The Ocean” and I may or may not have listened to that song countless times while depressingly crushing on someone. I mean, look at these lyrics:

You come over unannounced
Silence broken by your voice in the dark
I need you here tonight just like the ocean needs the waves
Fall around me now
Like stars that shine and brighten the way
I need you here tonight just like this night it needs the rain

Other songs that I’m especially partial to are “Ready and Waiting to Fall” and “The Everglow”:

Like how tenth anniversary album tours should be, the band went through the whole album of songs in order from start to finish.

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After closing out the album, they came out for an encore featuring songs from their other albums. I also managed to get a copy of the set list after asking one of the security people hanging in front of the stage, so that was a nice cap to the night.

This was the third tenth anniversary concert that I’ve attended for an album that I listened to in high school (the other two being Yellowcard’s Ocean Avenue and Relient K’s MMHMM) and I can’t believe that it has already been a decade since these CDs came out. I’ve definitely changed as a person over time, but my music taste has generally stayed the same.

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