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Monday, March 17, 2008

Tragedy (the Band) at C.H.A.C. Lower Level

posted by on March 17 at 12:07 PM

To me, there were two choices for Saturday night: Tragedy or the Presidents of the United States of America. A hardcore hybrid of metal and punk from Tennessee, or power pop songs about animals and fruit.

I chose Tragedy. I was in the mood for something heavy.

Unfortunately, by the time I made it up to Capitol Hill, I only caught the last 15 minutes of their set in the basement of C.H.A.C. I thought the 7 pm show time was the door time and hardcore bands never play that long anyway, so I should’ve known better. But it was still exactly what I wanted. The mob in the front of the stage threw their fists in the air and surged towards the band with every beat. The singer shredded his vocal chords with every word, even when he was just talking. The drumming was quick, the bass was doomy, the guitars broke into solos packed with pickslides. The band shifted moods with every song—they were part skate punk, part metal. Sometimes bright and loud, sometimes low and hard. The crowd responded appropriately with slow, heavy headbanging and energetic thrashing and fist-pumps. The air was hot and sticky. It smelled like a basement show, and there were hardly any lights on the stage. There was no pogoing and there were no smiles, even though everyone there was stoked. It was awesome.

My boyfriend summed it up best: Tragedy have invented a genre that is 90% pickslides and fist-pumps.

It’s so true.

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— I was one of the fist-pumpers in the front row... hit with a guitar a few times and pushed against the PA stack by the other 300 kids the whole set. The night was amazing, love that venue, the opening bands and Tragedy to pieces!

Posted by Aaron Edge | March 17, 2008 12:19 PM
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A lot of people were complaining about the venue. Apparently it was double-booked, some goth band or dance or something was happening at 10:00, which is why the show started "early" (or, you know, ON TIME). Bands I know that have played there say it's terrible to try to book a show. But I have to say, it IS a damn fine place to SEE a show!

Tragedy killed it, too. They're a band I already LOVE on record, but they're EVEN BETTER live.

Posted by bunnypuncher | March 17, 2008 11:15 PM
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Yeah, I knew there was a dance night later, but I thought it was an "after-hours" thing starting MUCH later--like midnight or something. Oh well. Now I know for next time.

I agree, though, it was a great place to see Tragedy. I had never seen them before. I just wish I would've caught more of their set.

Posted by Megan Seling | March 18, 2008 10:09 AM

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