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Top five artists for week ending April 8, 2012:
- VersaEmerge (21)
- The Mars Volta (16)
- Every Time I Die (16)
- Enter Shikari (15)
- Manchester Orchestra (14)
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can i just say that letlive. puts on an amazing live show? the singer/screamer is really intense and crazy. i thought foxy shazam was crazy, but letlive. really knows how to rep. just yesterday i saw them with enter shikari and i was blown away by their energy. jason, the singer/screamer was dancing all over the place, jumping into the crowd, and running in every direction possible. this guy, who was either their roadie, or someone who worked at the paradise had to keep reeling the microphone cord every 5 seconds. nevermind that the whole band apparently had a vendetta against mic stands as well. pretty sure jason broke the mic in the last song when he jumped up and hit the mic against something in the ceiling. also, the guitarist knocked down one of the stacked amps just so he can use a mic to play his guitar.
although my favorite moment was when jason, in the middle of a song, ran out towards the crowd and then up the second floor, only to slide down the banister. when he landed, he reasoned “i just wanted to see if it would work.” lol.
at the end of the night i got jason and anthony, the drummer to sign a cd. the drummer was pretty awesome. he remembered me cuz i gave him the thumbs up while he was packing up his set. i said hi to him and he was like “were you up there the whole time?” yes. yes i was. standing there by the corner where all the instruments are, like a nerd.
but let’s not forget the headliner, enter shikari. i’ve been dying to see them since i got into them, and everytime, it didn’t work out. this time, however, it was perfect. i noticed that the drummer looked different, and thought he was pretty hot, until they explained that he had visa issues and couldn’t come, so steve was filling in for them (drum tech). he did fine the first two songs, and then the band started making fun of him, saying he could mess up the rest of the show. steve actually messed up “juggernauts” and i caught it. i saw rou smiling at him, so i knew for sure that i wasn’t hearing things. he kept messing up on the same exact part, and at the end of the song, he just threw his sticks in the front and apologized. it was really cute. cuz then chris, the bassist, just kept making fun of him. “you made your first fatal mistake when playing a live show by admitting you made a mistake. these people don’t know.” lmao. pshh i totally heard him go off. drum nerd. i know. it’s ok. he learned the set in a few days. he wins in my book.
Steve filling in on the drums for Enter Shikari #instagram #entershikari (Taken with Instagram at Paradise Rock Club)
Top five artists for week ending April 1, 2012:
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my god! this album! best thing i heard in a long time.
there needs to be more political bands like this. stay yourself enter shikari!
enter shikari - a flash flood of colour
enter shikari - zzzonked.
i can’t get enough of this band. serious!
enter shikari - solidarity
what can i say about this band? the first time i listened to them, i hated them. i couldn’t stand the singer’s voice. when common dreads came out, i thought i’d give them another chance. i still didn’t quite enjoy it on first listen. but i left them on my ipod. the more it shuffled up to my playlist, the more they grew on me. now, i really really want to see them live. part of the reason why i really enjoy them is due to their incorporation of the synth. yes, the synth is everywhere nowadays, but they make good use of it. the electronic influence reminds me a little bit of hadouken! except enter shikari is heavier. the beats. omgah. everytime i listen to solidarity and just about all their songs, my initial reaction is always “are you listening to this beat? the beats are so dirty.” i’m not sure why i refer to the beats as “dirty beats” but there’s something about the sound that produces a grimy effect. it’s sexy. you have no idea. it’s prob due to the echo and the muffled electronic sounds.
give them a chance. serious.
check out this band, my latest discovery. they are called woe, is me. straight out from atlanta, they are a 7 person band. i’m used to 5 person bands, and i’ve listened to a lot of 6 person bands, but never this many (not including slipknot and other orchestral/symphonic/big band ensemble). and no, unlike slipknot, they don’t have multiple drummers, nor are they comprised of more than 2 guitarists, but the 7 accounts for the fact that they have 1 screamer, and 1 clean vocalist. their recent release, number[s], is a solid, solid album. i won’t deny that i’m a huge fan of the clashing sounds of techno/electronic with metalcore/hardcore, but there are too many bands that try their hand in this scene and fail at it/make it boring. woe, is me, however, are one of the few that has manage to blend both genres without turning it into genericore, as i was expecting them to. the clean vocals are not only, well, clean, but surprisingly good and not whiny/sound like nails on chalkboard. there’s ambience where there needs to be, and agression when necessary. of course, as i predicted, there was the cheesy electronic introduction in the beginning, but i’ll forgive them this time since intros and interludes are very common in this genre. still, this band is definitely worth checking out if you’re into bands such as attack attack!, enter shikari, sleeping with sirens, sky eats airplane, and asking alexandria.
or don’t listen to me. it’s ok too.