Saosin, Norma Jean, Alexisonfire, and Envy on the Coast – Bogarts, 27 October 07

19 Oct


Saosin
Norma Jean
Alexisonfire
Envy On the Coast
Bogarts
Cincinnati, Ohio
27 October 2007

Envy on the Coast are the underdogs on this tour. Of all the bands, they have the most to prove. Envy are one of those bands that you might not know well, but you have seen them around. Due in part to a combination of very well planned touring and a strong sense of DIY ethic. Envy are the kind of band who will stand at their merch table and talk to everyone. They are the kind of band who will go outside and stand on the sidewalk and try to sell their cd to everyone who passes by. Envy are the kind of band that will go out and play the best set of their lives every single night, and that is exactly what they did last night. Relying heavily on material from their latest and inarguably stronger release, Lucy Gray, they burned through their set, hell bent on converting everyone in the room, which they did with ease. They improve by leaps and bounds with each subsequent tour. If they continue on this trajectory, then they will be headlining their own tours next year. They won’t reach Saosin size, but we will leave that for 2009.

Alexisonfire are crazy Canadians. They pride themselves on being a little crazy. They also pride themselves on being good. Sometimes, their eccentricity overshadows their performance, and sometimes their performance overshadows their eccentricity. They are becoming more and more consistent, and when they finally hit their stride, the result is magical. It seems that they are hitting that stride more and more frequently and every time they have passed through Ohio, they have been on. From the moment that they took the stage, their die hard fans pushed and clawed and moshed their way to the front in order to get even a second of mic time. The band did nothing to discourage the kids who came to party, instead guitarist Dallas Greene only encouraged kids to throw themselves at the stage. “If there aren’t fifty of you coming over the bar every second, then I’m going to be upset,” he said. Their fans, it seemed, didn’t need to be told twice. From the opening chords of every song, kids threw themselves at the stage in hopes to appease Greene.

Norma Jean have never been one for subtlety. With their stage covered in strobe lights and oddly stacked Marshall cabinets, they have always been ones to impress. Being the elder statesmen of sorts on this tour, their fanbase was already established, but they took the stage armed and ready. With a setlist that included fan favourites, Memphis Will be Laid to Waste, as well as material from their latest release, Redeemer, Norma Jean had something for everyone.

Saosin. What can you say about Saosin that hasn’t already been said? They have come such a long way from the days of playing dingy basements and smoky clubs. Frontman Cove Reber is no longer the quiet, self-conscious kid he was eighteen months ago. He is no longer afraid to interact with the crowd. On the contrary, Cover Reber is now self assured and has grown into his role as a front man. He is growing more and more confident with the material and is growing more comfortable into his skin. As a performer, however, he never fails to deliver. With a voice that is growing stronger by leaps and bounds, he is confidently and quickly laying to rest the Anthony v Cove debate. Whichever side of that argument you fall on, one thing is for certain: he is a force to be reckoned with. Backed by, what I can safely say is, the happiest band in recent memory, Reber explodes with energy song after song. Duelling guitarists Beau Burchell and Justin Shekoski often traded breakdowns in tandem, with Burchell grinning ear to ear. If Saosin continue on this rapid upward trajectory, one things is for certain: whether they like it or not, they are on the fast track to arena stardom.

Envy on the Coast

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Alexisonfire

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Norma Jean

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Saosin

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Sets:

Envy on the Coast
Sugar skulls
Artist and Repertoire
Tell Them
Sucker punch
Vultures
Mirrors

Saosin

It’s Far Better to Learn
Sleepers
It’s So Simple
Voices
Lost Symphonies
Follow and Feel
Come Close
3rd Measurement in C [Piano]
Never Wanted To
I Can Tell There Was an Accident Here Earlier
Bury Your Head
Translating the Name
You’re Not Alone

Seven Years

Envy on the Coast: Myspace
Alexisonfire: Myspace
Norma Jean: Myspace
Saosin: Myspace

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