For someone who really doesn’t like instrumental music, I sure have been on a bit of a bender of instrumental band shows. There was the Angel Vivaldi show last week that I just couldn’t get into. and then there was last night. Why am I subjecting myself to so many instrumental shows? Because I want to understand them. I want to understand why my friends get so pumped over them. It’s an inner battle for me. I want to love these bands, I truly do, but when push comes to shove, I get bored at these shows and end up leaving.
So I’m definitely not going to start going to every single instrumental show in town. I still don’t find them to be the most thrilling shows on the planet but watching Scale the Summit last night absolutely took my breath away. It made me question if this whole forcing myself to see this stuff live was actually working.
I don’t think that’s quite why I enjoyed last night so much more than other instrumental nights. That being said, I don’t know if I can quite put my finger on why last night was completely different for me.
I think one major factor is the fact that I was standing right up front. I was mesmerized by guitarist Chris Letchford. He was right in front of me with that sparkly green guitar. I could seriously reach and and touch him if I wanted to. It took every ounce of me to peel my eyes off of him and shift my focus to one of the other amazing musicians on that stage.
Like any other instrumental show, I couldn’t tell you what songs these guys played. The song titles were being shown on the screen behind them along with images that went along with the music, but I was too close to the stage to actually read them. I couldn’t even tell you how many songs they played because honestly, when there’s no singer and no microphone, I have no way to distinguish where one song starts and one ends other than by when the crowd claps. Even then, I was too much in awe and too focused on the musicians to give a damn what the crowd was going… wow, I never thought I’d say that.
As you know, I’m all about the crowd. I love getting stuck in the middle of a good old mosh pit. I absolutely love watching the people different people do different things in the pit whether it’s hardcore dancing, pushing/ shoving, hell, even doing flips and crap. There was none of that last night. The crowd truly didn’t move much at all. I always say that this is one of the reasons why I hate instrumental shows. It leaves me with next to nothing to watch and next to nothing to do. Last night, it really didn’t phase me. I had no interest in what the crowd was doing. I only cared about the amazing musicians that were within an arm’s length of me.
Maybe the reason I liked last night so much more than other instrumental shows was because of the energy I was getting from the stage. Although the band members weren’t jumping around or anything too extreme, you could feel the pure joy that they were feeling as they played. They truly seemed to be enjoying what they were doing and, even though the music was mind-numbingly difficult, they still managed to smile at each other. Even though their set was more than clean– really, I don’t think any of them missed a single note– they didn’t seem stiff like some other instrumental bands I have seen.
So maybe nothing excited happened in the crowd. There are no injuries to report and there was nothing found on the ground. Nothing went flying through the air and, honestly, nothing cool happened. For some reason, I loved watching Scale the Summit perform. I just can’t explain it. I can’t explain to you why I loved Scale the Summit but couldn’t stand the Angel Vivaldi show last week.
Here’s to hoping I continue to understand this whole scene a bit more.
Venue: Skyway Theatre— Studio B
Sausage Fest Meter- 12 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 22
Crowd Surfers- None
Stage Divers- None
Moshing Level- None
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Spotted Flying Through the Crowd- None
Found in the Pit- None
Celebrity Sightings- None
Overall Score- 4 out of 10
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