Happy Birthday, Boo <3. I miss you and i wish you were here so I could tell you. Tell Beatz hi for me. I hope he's taking care of you.
Phew! I’m almost done! I spent the last two hours transferring all of my shows, etc from Mammoth Press, may it rest in peace, to here. All photos are tagged with my old MP watermark, so hey! I’m not stealing all of this work because it’s mine. I took all of these pictures and wrote all of these reviews.
I still have a lot of stuff to move still, but this is a good start. Please be patient with me while I set up home here. In the mean time, you can also find me over at MP’s new home, the 1st Five. It’s everything MP was…and more.
Also of note: I used to use this blog as a French music zine. All of those articles have been deleted. This will, however be both a French and English blog / music zine / etc etc etc. At the moment, I haven’t got the time and I can’t be arsed to translate everything into French.
Comments? Questions? Feel free to email me at: xnobodyxgirlx at yahoo dot com
The Devil Wears Prada
The Murat, Indianapolis, Indiana
21 February 2010
The old adage goes, “You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.” That said, Killswitch Engage and almost, but not quite, even though it felt like it local boys The Devil Wears Prada invaded the Murat in Indianapolis on Sunday night. Upon entering the ornately decorated venue, fans were greeted with a plethora of signs stating “Just so you know, the touring vocalist for Killswitch Engage will be Phil Labonte of All That Remains.” And “There is to be no moshing or crowd surfing of any sorts under threat of ejection.” No moshing at a metal show? Yeah right. Let’s see how security tries to enforce that rule. The crowd was more or less divided into three parts: there were the tough guy metal heads, the parent / kid combos and the hardcore kids. All of this would make for an interesting mix later in the evening.
The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Casting Out
The Starland Ballroom
30 December 2009
…also known as, “who writes reviews of shows with footnotes, anyway?”
It’s becoming a tradition every year for Thursday to play at least one show at the end of December at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. They’ve done it every year except 2008, where their holiday extravaganza was held in New Haven, Connecticut. Some years, they will play more than one show, but the last three years, it has just been one show. They always make it a point to bring the best and the brightest young talent with them or they take the opportunity to ask bands to play with them that they love and admire. This year, fortunately, was no different. Every year, they don’t think that they can out do themselves with guests, but every year, they manage to do just that. For the bill this year, they had bands from both sides. They brought Delaware’s The Casting Out, United Nations, local Jersey boys The Dillinger Escape Plan, and a little band from the Belmore-Merrick area of Long Island called glassJAw.
Angels and Kings NYC
28 December 2009
Located in Manhattan’s East Village, Angels and Kings is an unassuming, blink and you’ll miss it bar. The only thing that lets you know where you are is a simple dark green awning. It looks like every other bar. Inside, however, is a different story. It was a peppering of scene kids and hipsters, loud, competing music, and the odd “I’m just here because it’s Pete Wentz’ bar. I hope he shows up tonight!” girl. Add into the mix two national touring bands that are apparently big with the kids these days doing stop over acoustic sets, and it makes for an interesting cross section of humanity. The energy in the room was very hipper than thou. Most people were there to be seen, which wasn’t saying much since the bar was mostly empty. Maybe they were there to hang out with the bands. Who knows? The two bands got up and played rather forgettable acoustic sets. It didn’t take long to wonder why anyone would want to voluntarily be there in the first place since there are so many better bars, and better dive bars at that, in Alphabet City. So..why waste your time being bored surrounded by self absorbed hipsters?
The Dillinger Escape Plan
December 11 and 14, 2009
Looking at the spaces books for this tour, it is a bit puzzling to an outsider as to why bands of this caliber would want to waste their time in the smallest venues that they can get away with. To the rest of us, though, it makes perfect sense. The headlining bands on this tour, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Thursday, have always been about community and solidarity. Both bands started in basements and in light of that fact, it only seems fitting that they would do a tour of this size. There is something beautiful about having a bunch of stranger s and friends crammed in to a dirty rock club, singing their hearts out to their favourite song in the spirit of punk rock. Your favourite “punk” band or “hardcore” band wouldn’t do that.
20 October 2009
LC Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio
Converge are not a pavilion band. Converge are not a music hall band. Converge are a band that functions best in small, sweaty, dingy clubs surrounded by people who are there to clamour to get as close to the stage as possible in an attempt to share one or two seconds of microphone time. They function best surrounded by people who “get them”. The band is currently on the road with High on Fire, Mastodon, and Dethklok as part of the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Metalocalypse 2009 Tour (say that three times fast.). Though both Mastodon and Converge have toured together many times in the past, this was an interesting choice of tour for them to be placed on. They are particularly infamous for their technically flawless performances no matter where they are, and this was absolutely no exception.
From the outset, it was obvious that things were going to have to function a little differently than the way Converge fans were used to. In an attempt to make use of as much stage space was possible, the stage was set in a giant triangle. Ben Koller and his drums situated in the very centre with Nate Newton and Kurt Ballou’s stacks hanging out on either side but significantly more forward than they were used to. The cover art from Axe to Fall was illuminated digitally directly above Koller. That’s it. No frills. Nothing fancy. Perhaps it was an attempt to keep their hardcore sensibilities about them.
This was a very special show for this tour. In principle, it was the Axe to Fall cd release show. In practice, though, it was a primer to the very best that Converge has to offer. Touching on almost all of their releases, they gave the uninitiated a little taste of their back catalogue. They showed a mastery of the dramatic as, before they were even all on stage, guitarist Kurt Ballou walked out, quietly picked up his guitar, and started into two minutes of just guitar, effects, and feedback before slowly illuminating the digital backdrop and being joined onstage by the rest of his bandmates. That would be the last two minutes of relative calm that he crowd would experience before the band stepped off stage. Tearing through Fault and Fracture, The Saddest Day, No Heroes, When Eagles Become Vultures, and Axe to Fall, among others, they adopted a take no prisoners attitude. It was an attempt to make the venue seem as small as possible. Ballou and Newton ran, spun, leapt, and flailed around the stage, while Bannon deftly wove himself through the chaos in a very intricate game of cat and mouse.
Most people in the venue were particularly perplexed by the performance. The line between fan and sheer observer was rather obvious. Those present for Converge rushed the stage as best they could, inadvertently knocking into the surprising overabundance of the under 18 crowd and parents present. They supported the band as best they could with the space they had, and when the band was finished, they went to purchase their merch and then they went home. That seemed to be the trend for those that I have spoken with who have already been to this tour: show up for Converge, rock out to Converge, and then go home. That is absolutely a testament to the band’s rabid following. They show up en masse to support their “boys” and then they leave.
Considering the crowd and the nature of the venue and the rest of the factors that influenced the night (being booed and flipped off by the Hot Topic crowd notwithstanding), the band was as flawless and en pointe as usual. Even if you decide to stay for the other bands, (with the exception of High on Fire) make sure that you’re inside the venue to experience Converge. If you don’t care for the other bands, show up for Converge and then leave. You won’t be disappointed.