Andy Godwin - The Famine
Everyone should recall the ever famous Treadmill video, boasting over 50 million plays on You Tube, recorded by the brilliant Ok Go, as well as their equally brilliant Rube Goldberg video off their new record? Well anyway, I saw them play at The Parish in Austin and it was the bee's knees. It's always nice to see bands who don't take themselves too seriously. They even did one song entirely with hand bells and they were dead on, which is impressive, especially for a rock band. The show also included hand chimes, flying confetti, plastic electronic toys, laser-shooting guitars, LED scrolling jackets, and much fun banter with the crowd. Definitely a show I won't soon forget.
The last show was all-time favorite hardcore-punk-rock-metal veterans, Converge, who played at legendary Emo's in Austin. It's been nearly eight years since I last saw them live in Syracuse and it seems like they've done nothing but grow even more energetic as they're now hitting 20 years of playing music. Vocalist Jacob Bannon, who is only a year my senior founded the band at the ripe old age of 14, in 1990, and has been destroying stages ever since, this one included. Guitarist, Kurt Ballou hit every note perfectly and was playing through two new, in-vogue Bad Cat amplifiers. Bassist, Nate Newman continued to give Bannon a run for his money as to who could be the wildest on stage. And drummer, Ben Koller held it all together without missing a beat.
Here's a funny video of a Converge song with differently interpreted lyrics.