Fri 31 Aug – Ludicra, EMBERS, wormwood, Word Salad, Drain The Sky
Alright, I've never written a proper show review, so this should be interesting. I went with my friend Jeff and his friend Vince. It was Vince's 17th birthday, and Jeff is only 16, so that was odd. I felt so old. Anyways, the show:
First off was Drain The Sky
, a group I'd never even heard of. They started playing literally a minute before we went in. We could hear them from the outside. Their music was in that niche that everyone calls "post-rock" but I fail to see the meaning of that. They put on a good show, and they surprised me more than once. The first song reminded me of Isis
, but with three vocalists (each member of the band sang at times). The second song started out about the same, but after about a minute it went into a grinding hardcore punk sound. While that's not usually my kind of music, it was nice that they kept things a bit less predictable than many bands like that do.
The second band was Embers
. Although they were slightly delayed due to an issue with their gear (the keyboard had a button stuck and it was scrolling through random effects because of it), their set was quite impressive. I couldn't even put a genre or similarity onto it, but they had keyboards and violin in a metal band, and the vocal tradeoffs between male and female (both harsh, nothing clean) made for an incredible set. I bought a shirt and a CD. I had to. It was that good.
Next up was Wormwood
, who I unfortunately didn't see much of. I received a phone call from a friend who was involved in an accident and I needed to tend to that. I came in for the last song and a half of theirs, though, and I really enjoyed it. It had a very primal, tribal feeling. Very heavy, and no guitars. That was great. They had two bassists instead. I really appreciated their music from what I heard. I bought the album and a shirt with these folks, too...which made me too broke to buy anything else.
Next was Word Salad
. They were very high energy, and due to the brevity of their songs, they played about twice as many songs as any of the other bands (in the same amount of time). While I was entirely unfamiliar with their music beforehand, I had fun with them. Their sense of humor was great. They introduced a number of songs by saying things like "this next song is about the current political climate...okay, actually it's about beer" or "this next song isn't about beer, but I wish it was." They were definitely having fun. Good times.
Finally was Ludicra
, the only band that I was familiar with before the show. I was at the very front and I got fucking slammed against the stage. It was great. Right before Ludicra started playing, I noticed Nathan from Graves at Sea
was standing to my left. Some guy handed him a pill and he took it. It was interesting. As soon as they started playing he went nuts and his dreadlocks scratched the hell out of my arms, but no matter. It was amazing. If you don't know Ludicra's music, I don't even know how to describe it other than mindblowing. I started just to the left of the middle of the stage and ended up far right...that's how intense the crowd was. It was so fun. Plus, Ross Sewage (the bassist) kept headbanging so low his head hit mine. Eventually he just leaned on my head. It hurt a bit but it was well worth it.
Anyone who was there will agree with me--not a bad band on the bill, despite the great differences in musical style.