A show you experience, not just attend
Photos by: Ricky Thigpen
Fact: A Deftones show is a celebration of fun, friendship, and decades worth of great music. The lights dim — music starts, and away you go into the sordid world of Chino Moreno’s vortex of pleasure and pain. Vocals swell, guitars burst, fans exhale, mosh, and crowdsurf to hopefully touch hands with the band; for that singular moment to meet eyes, nod heads, and say without saying, “thank you.”
This is the spectacular experience that is a Deftones show. In our experience, when they come around, friends catch up for the first time in months between busy schedules, work, and family. Bonding over music, dancing with no agenda, and getting another notch on the “I saw that tour in XXXX and it was absolutely epic.” Even if it was a soggy night like tonight. Rain adds an air of mysticism, cleansing, and at least kills the raw summer heat!
First-up was Londoners Three Trapped Tigers, an instrumental rock band wooing crowds across the land in ‘17. Their infectious layered grooves prime you for the rest of the show and help fans connect to instrumental music. There is something to be said for a band that can captivate a crowd without a vocalist jumping about or screaming into your chest. Multi-dimensional sounds makes these men mammoths on the stage, and a must see. If you are into the likes of such bands as Animals as Leaders or Orbs they are a sure fire win.
Alternative emotive rockers have a knack for singing directly to your heart, which is exactly what Thrice was hired to do. They are an intense band to get into and one you either adore or shit talk worse than Nickelback. Thrice has been on the radar of many talented bands to tour with and while they can’t seem to retire (and stay retired), we aren’t complaining! Tonight they played a short set of some of their hits, opening with their latest single “Hurricane,” off of their newest album To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere, is surely one to add to a playlist and hit repeat.
Touring off of their brand spanking new album Wolves, Rise Against is hitting the road to promote to the chagrin of all Deftones fans. These two bands definitely go hand in hand with the way they make you feel during a set. The connection, the adoration, and the sheer badassery makes for a show of the month if not year. Read S16 writer Cindy McBride’s thoughts, feelings, and overall vibe toward the latest from the Chicago rockers:
At a time when the political unrest in our country is seen more than the doctors we desperately need to survive, Rise Against, a punk rock band from Chicago Illinois, has released yet another album that will be listened to for years to come. Rise Against is known for their politically charged lyrics, activism for animal rights, and for being a “straight edge” (refraining from using alcohol, tobacco, and recreational drugs) group. They are once again voicing their opinions on the current events occurring in the United States, as well as the world, with their eighth studio album entitled Wolves, which is to be released on June 9th, 2017.
Growing up with Deftones is a detriment to most bands out now. Those in the blossoming era with them got to see the grit and talent and *gasp* not using auto-tune. Touring for their fans and stardom. Breaking molds – kicking boundaries in the face, and laying a foundation for the sound of alternative music. This is the definition of Deftones.
Chino Moreno is one of the defining lead singers of the 90s, with an instinctual direction on what the band’s focus will be. He’s lent his unmistakable vocals to some of the biggest names and found a way to still stay relevant all these years later. The show touts on some of the band’s greatest hits “Knife Party,” “Back to School (Mini Maggit),” “Diamond Eyes,” and new songs from their latest album Gore like “Phantom Bride.” This tour is a conglomerate of some of the biggest alternative acts right now. Solid line up, spectacular light and sound show, and well worth the price of a ticket. Get your ass out there and mosh!
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