Senses Fail Stops in Detroit to Play ‘Life Is a Waiting Room’ in Its Entirety

Senses Fail and special guests Holding Absence rocked St. Andrew’s Hall on September 18, but this wasn’t an ordinary show for the sake of a show. This was the time for Senses Fail to bring back ‘Life Is A Waiting Room’ to play in its entirety.






If we’re being entirely honest, we had not heard of Holding Absence until the show, so here’s some fast-facts about them, courtesy of Wikipedia:


  • Holding Absence are a Welsh rock band from Cardiff, Wales, formed in 2015. The group consists of lead vocalist Lucas Woodland, guitarist Scott Carey, bassist Benjamin Elliot and drummer Ashley Green.


  • The band released an initial collection of singles in 2017, as well as a split EP with Loathe in 2018, before finally releasing their debut record, Holding Absence, in 2019. They are signed with SharpTone Records.


  • The band took their name from the title of the song “Holding Your Absence” by Hammock.


While their setlist wasn’t uploaded from the 18th, this was a neighboring setlist from







Senses Fail has been one of my favorites from the moment I heard “187.” The last time the band was in town, they got rained out and weren’t able to perform their full set, so I was more than happy to see them once more, this time at St. Andrew’s Hall. Seems like lead singer Buddy Nielsen had no issue returning to Detroit:




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This tour celebrates the 15-year anniversary of their popular album ‘Life Is Not A Waiting Room.’ The band played the album in its entirety, followed by some of the fan favorites and hits they knew people wouldn’t want to miss, including “Calling All Cars,” “Buried A Lie,” “Can’t Be Saved,” and “Bite To Break Skin.” Check out the setlist here:



They are always a stellar performance and we’re so thankful that they made a stop here once more. They have a few more dates coming up in October – see if Senses Fail is heading to a town near you below!


  • Oct. 2 – Seattle, WA
  • Oct. 3 – Portland, OR
  • Oct. 5 – Sacramento, CA
  • Oct. 6 – Anaheim, CA

Ami Nicole is a Concert + Festival Photographer and Music Journalist who has covered multiple artists of all genres in digital media and in Radio to 60+ stations across the U.S. Some of the acts she's photographed include Billie Eilish, Snoop Dogg, Rob Zombie, My Chemical Romance, Shinedown, and more. See her full portfolio on

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