The Cruxshadows were great last night, as expected. I got there around 8:45 and they didn't go on until around 11:30, which meant I stood around bored for a long time. Also, it was really
hot; what's with this weather? The club was packed, but I did get to be in the very front, so that was cool. I always enjoy concerts much more when I can see the expressions on the lead singer's face. I'm very verbally oriented, so the lyrics and the emotion behind them are what matters most to me.
The whole thing was centered on Greek mythology; Rogue introduced most of the songs by telling a few lines about Troy, or Hector and Achilles, or Odysseus, or whatever, tying the story to the theme of the song. It was neat. He's got such a great voice for that kind of thing.
I love that Rogue is so interactive with the audience. He sang at least half the show offstage. He's got a microphone attached to a headset, so his hands are free. He just comes down and walks through the crowd singing to people. Downtime has a cool layout, too, with a balcony with stairs open to the audience. So he climbed up to the top of the stairs and sang a lot from up there, and from the balcony. During Go Away
, he went to the bar and got a stool, then carried it into the middle of the crowd and stood on top, singing to the people around him, rotating so he'd get everyone. Then at one point he got annoyed that the people on the balcony weren't dancing, so he climbed up there and hung on the outside
of the balcony, over the crowd, and sang directly to them. Then he turned around and hung over the main audience, singing to us.
I also love their dancers. jaydk
seemed offended by them at DragonCon, but I think they're awesome. They're not shaking their booty, bodies sexualized kind of dancers. They're very beautiful modern dancers, all of their movements choreographed to match the music and lyrics. There's nothing exploitative about it, it's just really cool and adds another artistic element to the mix.
I also love their violin player, Rachel. How cool is it to have a violin as the central musical element in a rock show? And I love that half the band is female.
They played a few songs from their new album Ethernaut
, but most were older songs that I knew. They didn't play Resist/R
, though, which was disappointing. But they played almost everything else I would've wanted to hear-Tears, Binary, Go Away, Return (Coming Home), Deception, The Seraphs, Winter Born
. The new songs all sounded good; I bought the new record and am listening to it now. They closed with Marilyn, My Bitterness
, which kind of annoyed me, actually. I know it's their biggest hit and all, but they've been playing it, like, forever
. But it's a good encore since everyone knows it and gets all excited. Unfortunately, since I was in the front, I got pulled up onstage at the end when Rogue was pulling people from the crowd to dance onstage. I hate that. I don't dance. I know no one's looking at me anyway, but I really hate being on a stage in front of hundreds of people. So I hid behind this big guy, and jumped off as soon as it was over. Afterwards I got Rogue to sign my CD; he's so cute. *girly sigh*
Now I'm horribly depressed. I guess it's post-concert letdown. I've been looking forward to this show for the past two weeks--it got me through all the paper-writing and midterms and work stress--and now it's over
. I hate being in this frame of mind ... it's like my defenses are down. Everything's upsetting me more than I want it to. Like, I went alone to the concert, and felt so ugly and boring compared to everyone else, and so lonely looking at all the couples. (Even though I don't want to date anyway). Now I'm trying to catch up with my friends list, and all these little things that normally wouldn't bother me are upsetting me greatly. And also, devilpiglet
left LJ, and I miss her.
I haven't read LJ since Tuesday; I feel so behind. I'm trying to catch up. Since I haven't posted, here's a quick run-down of what I would have posted about if I'd had time.( AtS 5x05, Kill Bill, Halloween, etc )