I had been looking forward to this show since I first saw the ad posted on The Living Room's myspace page back in the first week of January. First of all, the Living Room is such a great place to see a show. Secondly, Paint It Black had not come to Providence since the string of record release shows they played for 'Paradise', which I missed because I was on vacation. The time before this was when I first saw them, touring the East coast in support of 'CVA' and opening up for The Explosion. In addition to this, I had not yet had a chance to pick up 'New Lexicon'. Oh yea, and Strike Anywhere was headlining!
I came up to this show by myself, but that wouldn't stop me from hammering a few beers throughout the night and breaking in my new $4000 video camera on Paint It Black's set. More on that later. First up was a local metal/rock band called Saint Jude. They are from Providence, but to be honest...not so hot. One thing I can say for them is they have a drummer that can lay down some nice punk rolls. Really not much else to say about them in my opinion.
Next was The Riverboat Gamblers from Austin, TX. I had never seen them before, but heard about their live show being awesome. I thought, from listening to a couple of their songs before, that they would be gruff punks with beards and guzzling PBR tall boys on stage, but to my suprise were quite the opposite looking. The lead singer is a skinny tall dude with long hair who came out with a sweet red/plaid sweater. Anyhow, as the hype that preceded them would suggest, they were great live. They were like a great sing along punk band, with all four front of stage dudes shouting the choruses and what not. Kudos to them, but my money had to go to PIB instead of their latest disc. Maybe next time.
The camcorder I just mentioned is from my place of work and is on loan. It's a $4000 movie making type of job. I dont know anything about these things, but all I know is that it produces a nice picture and incredible sound quality. I originally wanted to buy it because it was just sitting around in the marketing dept, but a co-worker told me how much it was and that I could just use it whenever I wanted. So I had it in my back pack until Paint It Black's set because I only had around 30 min. of video left to take. I need to figure out how to transfer video to my hard drive on my computer so that I can A) free up more space to take video, and B) put the video on YouTube for all the world to see. Anyhow, I snuck around the stacks of speakers to the very side of the stage where the band goes up. Paint It Black tore it up and the kids flipped out. They played an awesome mix of CVA, Paradise, and New Lexicon and played for about 30-35minutes. My video sound quality suffered some because of the fact that I was behind the speakers that were projecting the vocals to the crowd. Everything else turned out great, except the vocals were somewhat difficult to make out. Bottom line: If you are into hardcore/punk, check this band out now. Dr. Dan is a great guy and will talk to you about anything before and after the show.
I moved back out to the middle of the crowd for Strike Anywhere's set. I've always been a fan of these guys, but have yet to catch them live. I also must admit, that I have none of their albums. A whole bunch of mp3s, but no hard copies. So this was sort of a "watch and soak it all in" type of set for me. I let all the hardcore fans go ape while I just sat back and enjoyed the show. I recognized a couple tracks from Exit English and probably half of Dead FM. These guys sounded great and Thomas' dread locks have never looked longer. Did you realize this guys is like 5 foot 6?
Killer show for Providence, they don't make 'em like this anymore.