Above & Beyond is All We Needed
When Above & Beyond released their We Are All We Need Midwest Tour dates, including a first chance to see them in my home state of Wisconsin, I knew it’d be something special, having traveled to Minneapolis, Michigan, and multiple treks to Chicago to see them in the past. Going every time with at least one special person to share in the experience. This time, being that much closer to home, it was a forgone conclusion that the streak would continue and another special memory would be made.
When that Friday finally came the show was the only thing on my mind. When my workday was nearly over it seemed the world was trying to keep me from it. Having to stay late for work, getting pulled over, having the car battery die, all set me behind schedule. Having that frustrating of a day made the prospect of seeing Above & Beyond with those I care about exactly what I needed. Once we arrived on the scene the troubles of the day simply fell away.
Running so far behind schedule I was lucky to catch Grum still on the decks. Even luckier was that he closed his set with his remix of Chromeo’s “Come Alive.” There, already with some of my favorite people awaiting the start of Above & Beyond I met up another friend who I had shown the group to years ago. We hugged as they opened with “We’re All We Need” and it became another night like those many we had before.
Milwaukee was an insane crowd, energy off the wall in The Eagles Ballroom from beginning to end. Everyone erupted in a beautiful chorus when “Sun and Moon” came on, the dancing never stopped for the entire two hours. “Sticky Fingers” got the fader drop and hearing the crowd acapella the missing lyrics sent shivers down more than just my spine I’m sure. A true highlight came during a “Delirium’s Silence” where the build had everyone’s hands in the air with anticipation for a song that’s as old as the kid about to graduate high school seeing Above & Beyond for their first time. The night ended with “On A Good Day“as groups of friends coalesced whether to travel back home or bid farewell until next time. In the true essence of the Trance Family phenomenon hugs abounded, between friends new and old.
The power of Above & Beyond is that they make you feel with an open heart. They make you understand there’s no room in this short life for fretting over the small things, especially when it comes to those you hold dear. The live experience creates a sense of belonging to something larger which can be hard to come by outside of sports or religion. Unlike those it doesn’t ask you choose a side, it doesn’t care where you came from or how you were brought up. What matters is that you are here, you are one of many individuals and each one of you matter to the whole which in turns becomes a cohesive group with bonds that last longer than any set could. Why does anything have to end? Momentum carries on, the broader ethos of this camaraderie still progresses with no end in sight, and Above & Beyond will still be there to help engineer those moments that matter so much to so many.