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Monday, February 18, 2008

Converge and Neurosis: Night 2

posted by on February 18 at 12:39 PM

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.

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One good point that Aaron (Edge) made somewhere else: Nat's 28" kick drum kind of muddies up Akimbo's sound through certain loud PAs, like the one at Neumo's. Believe it or not, I think Akimbo sound their best at El Corazon. Whoever does sound there really dials his drums in perfectly. I definitely feel you on The Crowd VS. Akimbo though. I've seen them 40+ times, and it's continually been the same reaction since they were playing for 5 people until now.

I like Neurosis better when they don't have to follow something so high-energy. I had the same problem taking their whole set in when they did a weekend like this with Botch back at Graceland.

Still, I'll take Neurosis doing incredible weekends like this over more tours of 3 bands that just sound like Neurosis Jr.

Posted by bunnypuncher | February 18, 2008 4:39 PM

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