I was complaining about how tired I was when eating dinner with my friend. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a show bender and it truly does take it out of you to do this multiple days in a row while holding down a full time day job. I mustered up the energy to get from the car to the venue, stood in line, claimed a spot near the front, and was absolutely, completely blown away.
Let’s start with the band that made me stop dead in my tracks… Sylar.
There has been some hype about this band within the local scene. I’ve started seeing their merch at shows and have started hearing people talk about them but I never took the chance to sit down and listen to their music. What a mistake on my part. This Queens, New York band came out and hit me like a freaking freight train!
Their music was a perfect mix of metal and hardcore with a little hint of hip-hop. At times it sounded like straight up nu-metal but those times were few and far between to the point where you can’t just call them a nu-metal band. I think that’s why I fell head over heels for these guys… they were something different. It had brutal breakdowns with intricate guitar riffs. The vocals were heavy but not too heavy to the point where you couldn’t understand what Jayden, the singer, was saying. Their live show, although way way way too short, was full of energy. The crowd was going nuts. Jayden eventually just threw the microphone into the crowd where kids clawed their way up to it. You want to see a banger of a set? Go see Sylar. There’s no doubt in my mind that these guys will bet the next big thing in the scene.
Invent, Animate is another band that I had only heard of in passing but never really dug into them much. God, I’m such an idiot. These guys were the first touring band to play and really set the tone for the night. You could tell the crowd was into these guys because within the first song, a pit had broken out and multiple people were stomping across the open space.
Their music was heavy and unrelenting. You could see the pure talent of these musicians shine through as they chugged through a quick set. Unfortunately, like Sylar, the set seemed too short for these guys. They deserved so much more but at least they packed a punch into this short set. This is another band I would definitely keep my eye on if I were you!
I’ve seen Erra multiple times and have never been disappointed but last night was the best time I had seen them thus far. Maybe it was the energy in the room or maybe it’s that they played with more confidence than I’ve ever seen them play with but something about them just clicked with me last night. I’ve always been a fan of these guys but never really loved them until last night. After last night, I can easily say that I love Erra and can not wait to see what the future holds for this talented band!
The Plot In You was the headliner of the show last night. I was more than let down when I saw them open up for Miss May I and Blessthefall back in March. I honestly thought they sounded like crap that night and had zero energy. I was disappointed but promised myself that I would give them another chance. Last night was their second chance and they killed it.
They came out and owned that stage. Even though the crowd had been active for hours at this point, they didn’t slow down. The crowd got even more intense as The Plot In You hammered through their brutal set. The music, although brutal, was beyond clean and exactly what I needed it to be in order for this band to get back into my good graces. The band members seemed more than appreciate of the crowd and the fact that, even though they were the last band to play on a six band line-up, people were still having fun and moving around.
The show was opened up by locals The Enmity and At Mourning’s End but due to a misunderstanding about the start time, doors opening late, and a slow moving line, I missed all of The Enmity. By the time I got in the venue side of the bar, At Mourning’s End was playing but I was too busy saying hi to everyone to really sit back and listen. What I heard sounded great though and I can’t wait to catch both of these bands on a future show.
I knew I was going to have a good time last night because I would be surrounded by friends. I didn’t know I was going to walk away with a new favorite band.
Never turn down a show… you never know what you’re going to find.
Venue: Amsterdam Bar & Hall
Sausage Fest Meter- 17 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 18
Crowd Surfers- 9
Stage Divers- 9 (what goes up, must come down– there’s no barrier at Amsterdam so once you crowd surfed, you would end up on the stage and would have to dive back out)
Broken Bones- None– but I’m sure there was at least one black eye this morning
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Celebrity Sightings- Hondo and Carlos of By the Thousands, Jake of Reflections, Jerrid of Royal’z
Overall Score- 9.2 out of 10
Show on Deck- I have a bang bang tonight of The Wombats show and the Holy White Hounds show