Now, you may have read about how my mom would never
let me go to see KISS when I was young. Well, if my mom ever caught
me at this triple bill, and realized I actually liked it, I would
probably be disowned. Well, mom, if you're reading this, hard core
acts like Deftones, Orange 9mm, and Downset are more than loud music
you can't understand - it's about energy, it's about fun, and it's
about a message. Personally, I'm starting to think that many of
these hard-core acts are getting a bad rap.
A Concert Review
We'll get to the music in a minute, but my first impression this
night was that this is not a great place to pick up the ladies.
Nope, this style of music lends itself to the male persuasion,
although there were a few ladies in attendance. The ratio is totally
wrong, so if you're a hard core fan heading to a show hoping to
score, you are probably at the wrong place. Just an observation -
what about the bands?
Now, I was there to cover Deftones, a band I had seen all too
briefly many times before. But there were two other pretty decent
bands so let's give a quick wrap up on those, kinda an opening act
to my main article. First off was a band called Downset. They kinda
had this cross between rap and thrash metal. Already known by many
in attendance, Downset had no trouble whipping up the energy level,
through in some politics into their music, and worked the crowd with
driving beats and a sort-of political message. A good opener, and
hell, a good band even not as an opener.
One stage set-up is gone, Orange 9mm's is set up, and from the
rate the heads were thrashing to the music, this band had an even
easier time working the crowd - they let their music do the action
and then filled it in with some great crowd interaction, even
through some technical difficulties (I must commend the bass player
on his great recovery through many a problem with his equipment).
Orange 9mm is a little bit more bass intense, a little bit more rap,
and the lead singer scores a big 10 for his back somersault after
body-surfing to get back on the stage. I will say this, also, that
the lead singer dude, through his intensity and attitude, just
looked like he was having so much damn fun. Not exactly the attitude
of "kill them all" like my mom thinks the music is. Oh
well. But the reason I was at this show was the Deftones, and they
took the stage next.
The last two times I saw the Deftones, I was handling the photo
duties, so my real experience only dealt with three songs for each
of the two shows. Opening for Pantera and White Zombie, the crowd
seemed to enjoy the band, but the KISS crowd was a little bit less
than pleasant. The first good sign of the night was that where KISS
and the Deftones didn't compliment each others crowds well, this
night all three bands appealed to the audience at The Metro.
Finally, a Deftones show, a full Deftones show, a Deftones show with
truly Deftones fans, and it showed in the difference in the level of
Now, don't get me wrong, the other times the band had the same
high-energy as this time, it's just this time, unlike opening for
Pantera where it looked like the band was almost trying to prove
something, and unlike opening for KISS where the band looked more to
piss-off the unappreciative crowd, this time the band smiled, the
band had fun, and the band got longer than 30 minutes to rip through
a set of energy and music to keep the crowd in a frenzy the entire
Where Orange 9mm is built on bass, Deftones to me seems built on
rhythm. Chino, the lead singer dude, from working the stage like a
lion to stage-diving, microphone and all, into the crowd of fans,
propelled Deftones to build their fan base just a little bit
stronger. Up there he's crouched in a fetal position, his pants are
falling down, he's totally intense, and the few chicks there are
totally diggin' him. But he's not the only one the crowd loves, it's
this entire band the fans came to see, and whether it was the
driving guitar of Stef Carpenter, the frenzied drumming of Abe
Cunningham or the actions of the bass dude, Chi Cheng, Deftones
plays their brand of hard core and does it well.
Now, the band has one CD, "Adrenaline," on Maverick
Records, so much of what they do is centered around this release.
Me, I'm waiting for them to get some time in the studio and bring on
some more. But for this night, the crowd sure didn't care. For their
set, Deftones kept the crowd into every beat, every lyric, and as
much as the music might scare their parents, maybe their parents
should give it a chance.
Deftones, yep, I give them TWO THUMBS UP!! It was great to see
them in front of fans that really appreciated them. As much as the
band was good the other two times and the three songs I got to see
them, this nights show really brought out the best in the band.
The only thing I guess I don't get are the clothes. What's with
the knit hats? I've got to tell my mom about this new fashion trend
so she can start knitting needles flying. And what's with the pants
that are fifty sizes too big? I guess the fashion could be worse,
but, well, I just don't get it. Oh well.
Well, that's it for this review. I'm The Dude on the Right!!