We’ll be throwing up our full tour details in a couple days, but first a few quick notes on our show from last week.
April 23, 2015- Fitzgerald’s (Houston) with Yautja and Inter Arma
These bands brought A TON of gear:
Ironically, we were stuck with half-stacks because- get this- Sam sold all of his speaker cabinets! Sam, you wacky dude. He’s gonna have some SIIICK new custom cabs soon though, so don’t worry.
Our puny amplification notwithstanding, we had CHOICE sound onstage- some of the best we’ve ever had. Much thanks and respect to the sound engineer, whose name I have shamefully forgotten over the last five days. 🙁
Last of the Green Vial
Fire is a Whore
Lesbian Cycling Drama (cut for time)
Get Your Dead Straight
Unfortunately there was a bit of a scheduling mixup, and while we wrapped just after 9, Yautja didn’t go on until 11. When they finally took the stage I think everyone thought it was BOUT TIME TO ROCK
And rock they did. Boy oh boy.
Bassist Kayhan Vaziri also plays in Coliseum and said he was gonna come back once a month to play a show with us! Man that’s great but I dunno, seems like a lot of work? He may have been joking.
Anyway Yautja were incredibly good, in a way that I don’t think anyone was prepared for, and, although they were fast and loud and heavy like a lot of hardcore punk bands, idiosyncratic in a way that’s hard for me to put my finger on. Maybe I’ll give this another shot after I’ve listened to their album a few times. I was having too much fun to think at the time.
Their set ended almost before it began to make way for Inter Arma.
These guys did not come to fuck around. Know how I could tell?
They’re dragging ALL THIS SHIT (which I hear tell they obtained from a young drum pusher by the name of “Anthony Vallejo”) across the country for six weeks. They even got themselves a real Ginger on the drums to boot!
True to appearances, Inter Arma’s take on the intersection of black metal and post-metal is thoughtful and wildly ambitious. At times it was slow-moving- I’m pretty sure we didn’t hear any vocals until about 10 minutes into the set, and they have a guy who doesn’t do anything else. But their patience paid off in waves of screeching catharsis.
Their thrilling, expansive, intelligent music crashed and roared, creating a space outside time. I’m sure you’ve been to shows like that or you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog. It’s the kind of experience that helps you keep your priorities straight.
Both of these bands were unique to listen to and positively awe-inspiring to watch. The combination made for the best metal show I’ve seen in long time. They’re on tour together for most of May in the West and Midwest, and I really can’t recommend enough that you see these bands together. This is an opportunity to “be there when.” Don’t miss out.
Sam and I woke up Friday morning with throat-searing colds. Worth it.