Sunday, February 27, 2011

disengage, free spirit, wolves and thieves, nails and ceremony @ the new oakland metro 2.26.11

the new oakland metro is a pretty big space. there were a lot of kids at this show, but not enough to even come close to filling up the place. because of this there was that giant awkward horseshoe for a circle pit that no one really danced in.

disengage played first. i thought there front man was pretty awful. he kept throwing first pumps off tempo with the drums which made me think he had no rhythm. but then he switched with their bass player who i thought was a better frontman. not much else to say about this band. kind of boring straight edge hardcore from philly.

free spirit were a little better than disengage but still didn't really do anything for me. both bands talked too much in between songs. i don't like being preached to. both bands also had to many 'guests' do vocals for multiple songs. i thought that took away from there performance. free spirit are from boston.

i got a wolves and thieves demo at an asian man records birthday party at the oakland coliseum about a year and a half ago. i probably listened to it once. they kind of reminded me of afi. my friend said the lead singer reminded him of fred durst. a fight broke out in the middle of their set. that's what kind of band this is.

nails was brutal as always. they played mostly songs off of unsilent death. the crowd came up closer for them filling that awkward gap. i really enjoyed them.

ceremony is still one of my favorite live bands. the venue was just a little awkward, so this definitely wasn't my favorite set from them, but it was great nonetheless. they played the hits. this was toasts' last show with the band.

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