Last night was yet another show full of good friends, too many drinks, and great music.
It was a welcome home party of sorts for our boys in By the Thousands. These guys have been on the road for a little over a week now. I know that doesn’t sound like long at all but it was a bit strange to go to shows and not see them in the crowd. You see, these guys do it right. They can be spotted at almost every single metal show I go to up here. That really makes it easy to connect with them. It’s nice that even with their growing fame (these guys are seriously blowing up right now) they still find the time to make it out to just about every damn show in the cities and still make it a point to say hey to people that they have met along their journey. They are the best band in the Minnesota metal scene if you ask me and, even though their music is amazing, what truly makes them kings of this scene is their attitude and respect towards everyone that has been with them since day one.
By the Thousands is the band that I was disappointed in the last time I saw them. They recently switched singers and I just didn’t get the same feeling from Hondo, the new one, as I did from Louis, the old one. I fear change. I hate when bands change things up… especially bands that I personally know and love with all of my heart. These guys had an uphill battle to win me over especially after the letdown of their last performance that I saw but, somehow, they did it. Of course I miss seeing Louis fronting this group but Hondo truly surprised me and convinced me that maybe this won’t be the demise of my favorite local bands.
They killed it… no, they murdered it. Their music was clean and tight and Hondo’s energy was exactly what the crowd needed it to be. He was intense and his intensity could be felt throughout the crowd. It made people want to move, get up close to the stage, stomp across the pit… there was truly no one standing still while By The Thousands played. They did a couple of throw back songs and Louis (the original singer) even joined them on stage for one of them. I almost felt like it was closure in a way. I was so bummed out last time I saw them but this time I saw them kill it, saw Louis join them and it all just came full circle. So maybe I don’t like change and yeah, I was more the disappointed last time I saw them, but they just ensured their place in my top local bands after what they pulled off last night. I’m a stubborn person and once I dislike a band, I dislike them for life… By the Thousands somehow beat that trend. Thank the lord.
They whole show was full of amazing music last night. It featured some of my other favorite local bands including the young instrumental group Skyhaven that I just can’t seem to get enough of. These kids (and I mean kids… pretty sure the lead guitarist just turned 16) never fail to impress me or the rest of the crowd. They are tight and together. They scream perfection and because of that, have been turning heads. I say this every time I see them but I can not wait to see what the future holds for these kids. They just have to graduate high school first.
From Concept to Chronicle and In Search of Solace were the other two local bands to open up the show and there are no complaints from me on either of their sets. They were both clean and, even with some technical difficulties experienced by In Search of Solace, they were super professional and fun. Sure, it was obvious that the crowd was just waiting for the touring acts but it didn’t seem to phase these guys and they still gave it their all.
Narrow Hearts and Terraform were the “touring” acts on the bill but honestly, it felt like they were just some more local bands and I mean that in the best way possible. It was quite clear that they had some friends in the audience even though it was Terraform’s first time being in the Twin Cities. Everyone was excited to see everyone else and it gave you the feeling of family that I crave at these shows. Even “Farmer Bob” (okay, I don’t know his name, but there was this older guy in overalls who ended up in the moshpit) was treated and hugged like family.
The music of Narrow Hearts and Terraform was on point. Both bands were super clean and full of energy. Unfortunately, the music started to blend all together due to the amount of alcohol that had somehow made it into my body (okay, we were drinking…. a lot). Even though I kind of started to lose my attention span and quickly became more interested in socializing than the actual music, I truly enjoyed both of these bands. I hope to see both of these bands again soon and judging from the response they got from the crowd, it shouldn’t be long before they come back.
Last night was a perfect welcome home show for some of my favorite people in this scene. All kinds of people showed up to support all of the amazing, talented bands that played. The night ended up with hugs all around and some of the biggest smiles you have ever seen. Even “Farmer Bob” was getting his share of hugs and high fives.
This Minnesota metal scene is truly incredible… I can not stress that enough.
Venue: Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Sausage Fest Meter- 16 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 24
Crowd Surfers- None
Stage Divers- None
Dudes Walking Around With No Shirts On- 1
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Celebrity Sightings- DJ of Buried Above Ground
Overall Score- 8 out of 10
Show on Deck- Really really debating buying Beyonce tickets for tonight… or else Yeasayer on Tuesday!