Have I mentioned how Minnesota has the best music scene in the country? I’m pretty sure I have, I just wanted to remind you.

I woke up this morning, checked my Facebook feed and saw picture after picture from the show last night. Majority of these pictures were accompanied with words praising the crap out of this scene that I call home. It was more than heartwarming to see this. So many people came out to the show last night to not only support the amazing touring bands, but majority of the crowd made it there early to support the local bands. Words can not describe this scene and the feeling of family you get when you find yourself in the thick of it all.

Mithya was the first band to go on last night. I have been to many shows with Mithya was playing but it seems like I just never get there on time to catch their full set. I made it a point to sacrifice my nap last night to make sure I got there in time for once. That was probably the best decision of my day yesterday. These guys absolutely blew me away with their amount of talent and I quickly wondered why I hadn’t seen them sooner.

Lee, vocalist, has a voice like none other. The range that he is able to hit is more than impressive. A friend of mine said that he would like to hold a champagne glass up while Lee sang because he’s pretty sure it would shatter. Yeah, his voice is that good. Not only is Lee’s voice is amazing but the music they are putting out there is just as great. Their whole set was clean and together. Even though people were still trickling into the venue, Mithya was able to catch the attention of every single person that walked in. The crowd even started moving around a bit towards the end of Mithya’s set which is always a good sign. It was early, it was an opening band, it was a local band at that, but this crowd liked the music enough to start moving around. That speaks volumes.

The other local band to play the show last night was By The Thousands. These boys are great friends of mine and I absolutely love their music. I mean, I drove all the way to Des Moines, Iowa to see them a couple months ago. Not only are they some of the nicest boys in this scene, they are super talented.

They recently went through a lineup change. Louis, their singer, decided to part ways with the band but it was all on good terms. Good enough terms that Louis was actually at the show last night. Hondo is their new singer. I knew of Hondo through the scene and had actually seen his old band play a couple of times. I knew he was talented and knew he would fit in great with the other guys.

The music sounded great. Other than a few missed cues, it was flawless. It wasn’t the same though. It’s heartbreaking to see a band that you love with all of your heart go through a lineup change. When you get to know bands and really start to follow them, you become a snob and I am definitely a By The Thousands snob. I can’t stress enough how great Hondo sounded but I wasn’t a fan of their set last night. It seemed tired and stressed. I love these guys with all my heart and always will but I don’t know that they will ever be the same. The energy just wasn’t there. Maybe it was first show jitters or maybe it was just an off night but it pretty much broke my heart to stand through the set and it was like a punch to the gut when I saw Louis in the crowd. I still love these guys with all my heart and will still go to every single show of theirs that I can. I will still spend all of my extra money on their merch and still wear their logo on my back proudly it’s just going to take some getting used to for me.

The touring bands of the night including Sleepmakeswaves, Entheos, Monuments, and The Contortionist. Each of these bands sounded great but unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into it.

As you know (if you’ve been reading my blog… if you haven’t, shame on you!) I have two super unjustified “hates” when it comes to music.

1.) I am not a fan of instrumental metal music.

2.) I despise female fronted metal bands.

I know that both of these things are irrational and stupid. I mean, I’m a chick, shouldn’t I be all about female power and female fronted bands? I probably should be, but I hate them. Don’t get me started on instrumental bands. I just don’t get them and find them boring. Sleepmakeswaves is an instrumental band from Australia. Entheos is a female fronted metal band, and Monuments did an instrumental set because their singer was unable to do this tour. Needless to say, I was stuck in my own personal hell.

As I said, every single band that played last night sounded great. That wasn’t the problem. The problem is me. I have these strange little “hates” that prohibited me from enjoying the night to it’s fullest but it seemed like the rest of the crowd was loving it. Entheos definitely got people talking and I must admit, even though the chick singer was a complete turnoff for me, they sounded great and heavy. Honestly, if I would have just listened to them on CD, I would have loved them and learned every word. It was hard to tell just listening that it was a female fronting the band but unfortunately, I shot them down before I could even give them a chance. I must stress, there is no rational explanation for this hate of female fronted metal bands, just how I am.

Monuments did a great job of making their set instrumental but again, they didn’t have a chance in hell with me because it was instrumental. The fans really enjoyed it and saw it as a treat that they were able to see these guys minus the singer. All that was going through my head was why in the hell would these guys stay on the tour if they couldn’t bring their singer with. Again, kudos the band because they did a great job and kept the energy up even minus their singer, but they didn’t stand a chance with me.

Headlining the night was The Contortionist. These guys are always great but I felt like I just saw them… oh wait, I did. These guys were just here in November (my post: Replace All You Know). They sounded great last November and sounded just as good last night but like I said, I felt like I just saw them and my exhaustion was getting the best of me towards the end of the night.

I have toured all over the country and can honestly say Minnesota has the best music scene in the country. Come join me for a show and see for yourself.



By The Thousands




The Contortionist

Venue- Cabooze

Sausage Fest Meter-  15 out of 10

Average Age- 20

Found in the Pit- None

Crowd Surfers- None

Broken Bones- None

Spotted Flying Through the Air- Nothing

Stage Divers- None

Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None

Best Accents Of the Night- Sleepmakeswaves– What a shame they were instrumental.

Mosh Level- Stupid Low

“Celebrity” Sightings in the Crowd- Jerrid of Royal’z; Jesse of Portraits of War; Members of Reaping Asmodeia; DJ of Buried Above Ground– I know there were so many more… there’s just too many to list

Overall Score- 5 out of 10

Show on Deck- Underoath/ Caspian