Before I launch into this post, a heartfelt plea: if anyone was at this gig and has any photos of the crazy dancing on stage that went on at the end of the night, please drop me a line! My camera had long since died...
I went to this show with my friend Rosemarie, my other half Dan, and my mum. Well, she's a huge Cruxshadows fan so it would have been pretty rude to just leave her at home. ;-) My manager, being awesome, agreed for me to leave work early so that we girls could get all dolled up.
Louise of The Cat's Aunt, who we pretty much adopted for the evening, hogging our little corner of the dance floor like some unholy trinity.
Best. Local. Band. Period. I didn't know these guys were playing but they are regulars at the Talking Heads so I suppose I should have known. This is the third time I've seen them now and their current material is not getting old yet. As energetic as ever and they always seem to be having a whale of a time, getting the audience whipped up. They were especially frenetic last night; the vocalist was pinging back and forth across the room like he was trapped in a pingball machine. Great fun to watch, great to dance to - I really should get my act together and buy their album.
Hmm. I had heard one of this band's tracks previously on a compilation and wasn't overly enamoured, but I found them better live. However I wouldn't consider myself a fan; they were a little bit all over the place, each track seemed somewhat unconnected to the one before it, and sandwiched between Dreams Divide and The Cruxshadows they didn't seem to fit. Their songs were interesting and probably darker and less 'dancy' than anything else on display that evening, which really was the problem - we were psyched up to dance, not sit and listen in a thoughtful manner.
I did quite enjoy them; probably better than any of my friends as comments bandied around by the others included 'no beat' and 'totally pants'.
Oddly, they had a girl on stage wearing a mask who we assumed was going to dance or give some kind of performance, but she just... stood there. The whole time. I think she changed position once during one of the last tracks of their set, but otherwise she just remained frozen in place, which was just slightly unsettling. I'm not really sure what the point was, but I hope there was some back story involved, not, "Hey, let's just make this lass stand awkwardly in the corner and stare creepily at everyone." :-S
Everything about this performance reminded me why the Cruxshadows are my favourite band. I did bump into Rogue between sets but only managed to gawp at him stupidly... d'oh. I did, however, say hello and get a hug at the end of the night, as did everyone who joined the stage invasion.
I was quite impressed by much of the band's new material (the album is out in August), although they are still taking a noticeably dancier, less 'gothy' direction than in their earlier days. Luckily, being crowd-pleasers, they still played all of the old favourites, classics and dancefloor-fillers, which means, yes, I FINALLY got to hear Winterborn live.
Rogue was up to his usual antics of wandering about in the crowd, and for a long time he was right next to me, which was pretty awesome (excuse my hopeless fangirling). The audience interaction techniques worked extremely well in such an intimate venue with a quite a small crowd.