Taste of Chaos – Bogarts, 25 February 2009

19 Oct



Taste of Chaos
The Cancer Bats
Pierce the Veil
Four Year Strong
Bring Me the Horizon
Thursday
25 February 2009
Bogarts, Cincinnati, Ohio

Taste of Chaos. Winter Warped Tour. Three ring circus. Whatever you choose to call it, the annual Rockstar Energy Taste of Chaos is sure to come to you town and cause…chaos. Every year, Warped Tour founder, Kevin Lyman, puts together a handful of this years brightest up and coming bands to hit the road. This year, the tour has been scaled back into smaller venues, but that doesn’t meant that there’s less value for your ticket. All day long, there is always something to be done. Go to your favourite band’s merch table. The chances that they’re going to be hanging out there will be pretty good. Stop by the PETA table and get informed about the meat industry. Head over to the Alternative Press booth and sign up for a subscription to their magazine. If none of these things interest you, you could always stay and watch the bands.


Canada’s Cancer Bats were the first band to take the stage. Sitting somewhere between Refused, Every Time I Die, At the Drive In and Billy Talent, they’re a whirlwind of activity. Vocalist Liam Cormier throws himself around the stage like a ping pong ball between the rest of the band members. Guitarist Scott Middleton and bassist Jaye Schwartzer jump and spin around the stage with seemingly reckless abandon. It’s a wonder that no one gets hurt. Delving into their catalogue to play a little bit of something off of each of their previous releases, the Bats were hell bent on converting as many people as they could with the little bit of time that they were allotted. Before long, they were colleting their things and walking off stage in anticipation of Pierce the Veil. Pierce the Veil are an interesting addition to the Taste of Chaos bill. They’re neither metal nor hardcore. They’re not even pop punk. Their fans didn’t seem to care, though, because as soon as the band were present on stage, the crowd let out one of the loudest squeals heard that night. They aren’t out to reinvent the wheel or change the world with their music, they’re just out there to have fun. They play what they like and they like what they play, and it’s evident during their set. Their detractors did not deter them and their fans just sang all that much louder. Ending their set with a cover of Michael Jackson’s Beat It, in which the crowd and out sang the band, the band left the stage and went straight to their merch table in an effort to meet as many people as they could.

Cancer Bats

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Pierce the Veil

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For whatever PTV did to clear the room of the hardcore kids after the Cancer Bats, Four Year Strong did everything in their power to bring them right back up front. As soon as they stepped out in matching Four Year Strong varsity jackets, the crowd surged towards the stage and people were climbing over each other to get a little closer to the microphone. FYS injected life into the lulling crowd. Bring Me the Horizon took that energy, and in one continuous motion magnified it tenfold. The Sheffield, England quartet were there for one reason only: they were there to announce their arrival into Ohio. After only having played Warped Tour over the summer, one would be inclined to think that they would have been there to convert the masses. On the contrary. The masses came converted. Every word of the oft unintelligible vocals were shrieked back at front man and overall personality Olli Sykes. The only banter between songs uttered during their all too short set was “Hell’s bells! You are all well wicked!” They were there to get the job done.

Predictably, slightly less than half of the crowd left after their set, but more predictably so was the fact that of the people who left, ninety five percent of them were under eighteen. After all, that was the target audience of this tour.

Four Year Strong

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Bring Me the Horizon

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After the dust settled, there was a definite tangible shift in energy as Thursday prepared to take the stage. Inarguably turning in the most solid performance of the night, Thursday are one of those bands that restores faith in anything that is right and good in the world. Where there were moments of discord in the audience during Bring Me the Horizon, the audience here were what audiences used to be like in the days of basement shows. If you didn’t know any better, you would think that you were stuck in a basement somewhere in New Jersey in 2000 or 2001, the only thing keeping you grounded in the present was the barricade holding you back.

Fresh off the release of their latest record, Common Existence, Thursday hit the ground running. Opening with At This Velocity off their excellent A City By the Light Divided, the band was en point all evening. Playing a little bit from almost every record, they managed to not only satisfy older fans, but to also introduce the new fans to their back catalogue. While most bands are content to rest on songs they’re used to playing or the singles, Thursday surprised all, pulling out War All the Time as the set’s closer, a song that they have not played since 2005. Front man Geoff Rickly spent the entire set getting in people’s faces as much as he could. During the “crowd participation parts”, he was off the stage and in the crowd. It was a power struggle all night between the band and the crowd, for as loud as the band was, the crowd managed to sing louder. When Rickly was forceful and impassioned, the crowd was aggressive and more fervent. It’s a shame that those who left chose to miss out on what a real band and a real performance is like.

Having spoken to Rickly before their set, he mentioned something of interest. He said, “We’re not here because it’s cool. We’re not here because we have to be. For the first time in a long time, we’re here because we want to be and because we’re here to have fun.” No truer words have ever been spoken.

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Thursday
25 Feb 2009
At This Velocity
Resuscitation

Understanding
Counting 5-4-3-2-1
Beyond the visible

Friends in the armed forces

Signals Over the Air

Workforce

Circuits

Jet Black New Year
Last call
Cross out the eyes
War all the time

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