Last Night Converge and Neurosis: Night 2
posted by February 18 at 12:39 PMon
A recap of night one can be found here. The highlights from night two:
Akimbo did an amazing job opening the show. They seemed to revel in the sold out crowd instead of slinking away from it, giving an exceptional performance. They sounded fuller through the Neumos sound system than I had ever heard them. My one beef: why can’t Seattle learn how to dance to their shit? Everyone just kind of stood there, and I wanted to scream at them, “Shake around! Why doesn’t this make you want to move?”
The intensity brought forth by a band does indeed have something to do with how much is being given to them. Converge gave a great performance to a mostly motionless 21+ crowd; they gave an incredible performance to the giant crowd of kids losing their minds in the enormous circle pit. Their set was virtually the same both nights, but the reaction it invoked from the all ages crowd was wildly different. When “Plagues” kicked in the whole floor exploded. It was phenomenal. There are few if any metal bands of Converge’s caliber still around. I haven’t been at a show this emotionally charged in a long time.
As for Neurosis… the same thing I said about night one. More weed, more couch.