The Dillinger Escape Plan was WILD. Jumping off amps, running across the stage, diving into the crowd, and hanging upside down while shredding on the guitar. These guys are incredible live.
Deftones played all the hits. The highlight was when Dillinger's singer (Greg Puciato) came out and joined Chino for "Passenger". Although, the Deftones played a really loose set, as they couldn't keep it steady on the tempo.
However, most of the greatness of this show was muted by obstructed view. We had general admission mezzanine tickets, and were basically peering over people the entire show. Unless you arrive early to grab a railing, you will not be able to view the show with these seats. I won't go to a show again if I can only get these tickets. The best bet for your money is general admission floor - you just have to beat the rush at presale.
I thought Endless Hallway was pretty decent. They had some catchy tunes, were tight and played with a lot of energy. Though, there wasn't a song that stuck with me.
Fake Problems was next, and they lived up to my expectations based on listening to their tracks on last.fm - they were terrible. Truly not one redeeming quality comes to mind. They played a loose set, the singer sounded like a 15-year old trying to mimic Tim McIlrath from Rise Against, and their sound was a weird mix of folk, indie and rock. I couldn't even appreciate how much one of their guitarists rocked out (Which normally would be awesome), as the action didn't match the banal nature of their songs. They didn't fit on the bill at all.
The Dillinger Escape Plan was next on, and I immediately forgot everything about the previous two acts. They just blew me away. I found myself with my jaw agape in astonishment of the precision and timing of their sonic madness. I had listened to a few of their songs before and they didn't resonate with me. They are truly an entire other organism live. (I saw them at Bonnaroo '09 when they played a song with Nine Inch Nails - and it was amazing! - but that doesn't count here.) During their last song, guitarist Jeff Tuttle jumped off stage, climbed up on the bar, and finished the set shredding from his pedestal. Their energy & enthusiasm might top any other act I've ever seen, and it showed in their faces during the entire set. I'll definitely be listening to them more.
Thursday is one of my top favorite bands. I've seen them three times before and have just loved them. This show has to be their worst performance to date. They were rather loose, and seemed disorganized between songs - things that are surprising for this being the last show of their tour. They were on tour in support of their latest cd - "Common Existence". As with every band, new songs are poorly supported when played live. This was exceptionally noted at this show. Though, attendance was already low - possibly due to the "Blizzard of 2009". I understand they have to play the new songs off their new record, but there were so many songs I was expecting to hear that were skipped. They surely put their hearts on display and played a show better than most. However, between poor song selection (in my opinion, of course) and lack of crowd support (Including two shitfaced douchebags), it was disappointing.
I just got home. This show was amazing. Thursday is an unbelievable act to see live as it is, but when they're playing in a venue that fucking small, it's just purely ridiculous. The intimacy between performers and attendes reminded me of local shows I went to in high school. During Thursday's first song ("For The Workforce Drowning") I quite literally felt like a rag doll, being tossed about from one end to complete opposite end of the floor. And it was awesome. I have to say that the people there were pretty cool - not too many douchebags, just like Geoff said.
So, my buddy Matt and I got there a bit late and apparently missed Circle Takes The Square, but someone told me they only played for something like 10 minutes anyways...
Then Portugal. The Man came on, and I was blown away. I've heard some of their songs on Last.fm, but apparently they weren't the songs they played live. They had a very likeable groove, and their songs changed up a lot. It was both strange and intriguing how the lead singer/guitarist played the entire show with his back to the crowd. Is he shy, or does he have stage fright? Is it just a habit he's kept from back when they started when he was shy? Is it for effect, or does he find he can focus and rock out more? I don't know, but I liked it. He seemed genuine and unique - I like it.
Before playing "At This Velocity" Geoff told us that this was the first date on the tour, and that they had a bit of a mishap on their way here. He said that a goose flew straight into the windshield of their tour bus - and got stuck in the windshield -causing the driver to swerve and flip the bus on it's side! Everyone was ok. I'm a bit skeptical about the story - it seems too goofy, and too convenient of a "near death" story to setup "At This Velocity". Though, if he was looking for a story to tell, why wouldn't he just tell the story behind the song?
Thursday played a bunch of other songs including "Signals Over The Air", "This Song Brought To You By A Falling Bomb", "Between Rupture And Rapture", "We Will Overcome"?, "Division St.", "Autobiography Of A Nation" [Which was an amazing touch], "The Other Side Of The Crash", "Cross Out The Eyes", A B-side song, a new song - "Ladies and Gentlemen" and "Jet Black New Year" & "Understanding In A Car Crash" (of course). They closed with "The Lovesong Writer", which I thought was a nice touch, and somehow appropriate considering the song's meaning.
Last note, I was there in a Co&Ca shirt and I had a moustache. If you saw me, please excuse the moustache - I grew it for my Ron Jeremy halloween costume. hahah
My friends and I got there maybe 10 minutes late, so I think we missed a few Dear and the Headlights songs. But, what I heard - I liked. They were hard to compare to other bands, so I guess they were unique, but I didn't get that explicit impression. The singer looked like Eddie Vedder, but at times sorta sounded like Conor Oberst. I also felt like the band's sound drew upon a classic rock sound, like Kansas or the Allman Bros. One last comment about them: As I am a drummer I often like to watch the drummer and I thought that their drummer was great - he put together some interesting, well-coordinated parts.
Unlike j0yce I have to say that I really like Fear Before The March Of Flames (I love their dynamics, melodies, and I think their lyrics are clever and have great depth), but I do agree with her that their set was disappointing. I was really looking forward to seeing them, but it sucked for the following reasons: a) I didn't know most of the songs they played (they must be new - I don't have the new album yet) b) They didn't seem to energetic - In particular, they played a lousy version of "Taking Cassandra to the End of the World Party" which was REALLY disappointing because that's my fav. song by them. c) It seemed like 99% of the crowd either didn't like them or didn't know them at all - that really brought down the mood
Also relative to j0yce's comment: I agree that the singer has def. changed his style of singing, and I think his voice had a lot more edge and was more flattering before. Granted, before his voice was basically unintelligible, even sometimes when reading along w/ the lyrics. But, aside from that, I thought he was VERY entertaining to watch - he just really got into his music, and had a creepy sexualness to his movements.
Now, onto Ours: My friends would have agreed with j0yce that the singer looked like Bono. I felt he was more of a Trent Reznor. Actually, he also very much resembled my ex-gf. Now, I'm not sure what that says about my taste, or that guys' appearance. Haha.
So, at first I liked Ours - I thought they had a definite groove and unique sound. But they did sound somewhat dated (The drumming, especially, was reminiscent of older rock bands. Drumming has really come to the forefront in music now - listen to what Steve from Circa plays in every song - amazing stuff). But, after a while, the songs literally blended together, and it seemed like most of the time the band wasn't playing - their singer was just going on and on. He has an awesome voice, but I need more texture and dynamics to the sound. Overall I would say they sound like dredg, if Dredg was a jam band.
Finally - Circa Survive. Now, let me say that this was the 5th time that I've seen Circa within a year. And the last time I saw them was 2 weeks to the day before at Northeastern University (It was an AMAZING show in a little, coffee-house-type setting. There were only about 100 people there, and they hung around with people after they played.)
So, Circa's visual FX for last nights show were amazing. They had: a huge video screen, glittering confetti that was shot out into the crowd, bubble machines, fog machines, strobe lights AND maybe 30 of these HUGE balloons, which the crowd - and Anthony Green - was throwing around all night.
I loved their setlist, my only complaint being that they didn't play "The Glorious Nosebleed". But, the acoustic "House of Leaves" was an excellent addition. And, in addition, my friend caught the pick he used to play that song!
Overall I'd say this show tied for 2nd among the other times I've seen them. The 1st (best show they put on) was when they played at NEU. The other show tied for 2nd was when they played at the Tweeter Center this past Warped Tour. If you were there, you know he was high as hell - and put on an amazing show: Part of what what hindered my enjoyment of this show was that it felt less raw and personal, and more commercialized compared to previous shows. I think this is because everyone was singing along like a Dashboard show. (That's not a hit at DC, I've seen him 5 times, love him - he's just a definite sing-along band.)
Anyways, I left drenched in sweat, sore and exhausted - and very happy.