Don't Kill The Magic
Isolate and Medicate
Recently I caught this falls hot-ticket of sorts when I checked out Blue October, Yellowcard, and Shiny Toy Guns in concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. The three bands had special guest openers Lovedrug opening up. All four bands put on an awesome show that all total was one of the best concert experiences I’ve ever been a part of. Lovedrug got things started and although the audio sucked they did a decent job on stage. They played “Push the Shine” one of my favorite Lovedrug songs, but failed to play “Ghost By Your Side” a song that should be a single for those guys and would have gotten a great response from the crowd. I can’t tell you how important it is to pick up on things like that and to know your audience.
Second up on the stage was Shiny Toy Guns and although I’m not a big fan of the band’s album, I have to say that they sound a billion times better live. What they do translates amazingly well in a live show, something that I didn’t expect. They played 8-10 songs that were all great. Frontman Jeremy Dawson does an excellent job with STG and Carah Faye is amazing when she gets to be on the mic. Like I said, I’m not a fan of the band’s album, but their live show is one of a kind.
Next up was Yellowcard- who did a 12-15 song set and were awesome. There’s good reason why this band is one of my favorites this year. Their live show is one of the most energetic live shows I’ve ever seen. Ryan Key and Sean Mackin lead things at the front of the stage and put on a hell of a show. Ryan Mendez does a great job on guitar. Whoever they had filling in for Pete Mosely (who recently left the band) was more than capable and should be considered for a full time roster spot and Longineu Parsons is a beast on drums. Every song they did was great and what’s more interesting than anything is that every song from the bands album “Paper Walls” was sung along to by the crowd. That’s a big clue that big things are up for Yellowcard again in 2008.
Last up in the show was Blue October and those guys lived up to their rotation of being an amazing live band. Everything they did that night was dead on. They played early favorites like “Balance Beam” and “Seventeenth Floor Balcony” and the crowd erupted. They played early singles (and late single) “James” and “Calling You” and the crowd erupted. They played their big singles “Into the Ocean” and “Hate Me” and the crowd erupted. Everything they did that night couldn’t be touched with anything negative. Justin Furstenfield is the best in music at fronting a band right now. Everything he does is filled with passion and raw emotion and is translated perfectly in his music. C.B. Hudson is one of the best lead guitarists I’ve ever seen and the rest of the band interacts and moves with Justin and C.B. perfectly.