A packed house at The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, New York was the setting for Saosin’s recent headlining tour with Maylene & the Sons of Disaster and Before Their Eyes.
Taking the stage first was Ohio-based screamo act, Before their Eyes. The crowd was unenthused with only a few singing along and moving to Nick Moore and company. This had little to do with the band’s energy as they gave an entertaining performance, powering through material from their previous records, as well as their upcoming release Untouchable. The band capped off their set with an older song: “A City In a Snow Globe.” The crowd was finally beginning to come alive.
Following Before Their Eyes were southern rockers, Maylene & the Sons of Disaster. Despite not being much of a fan, I thoroughly enjoyed their set. Vocalist Dallas Taylor had a swagger about him onstage that was hard to ignore. It was clear that the crowd, based on their response, felt the same way.
Closing the show was headliner, Saosin. Unfortunately, their set ranks as one of the most forgettable performances I have seen. Vocalist Cove Reber seemed more robotic than anything else as he just wandered the stage. The rest of the band was high intensity as was the crowd’s participation. Things never picked up until the band’s encore during which they played fan favorites: “Bury Your Head” and “You’re Not Alone.” Maybe it was an off-night for Cove, but I couldn’t help but be disappointed by Saosin’s set.
Thanks to Jeff Menig and the rest of Killer Cool Entertainment.