Seether, Sick Puppies and Kyng all fit into this triumvirate on the Triple Threat Tour that rocked the jam-packed Pop’s nightclub in Sauget, IL Friday night.
Opening the night was a 5 piece from London, England called the Young Guns. This being their first tour of the US, they are lucky enough to be on such a hot tour. They were well received and their lead singer, Gustov Wood, really played the crowd nicely. He had a seasoned aspect about him and a persona befitting a veteran lead vocalist, a product of nearly 10 years cutting their teeth in England. Time to move forward and that is exactly what they are doing on this tour.
Kyng, (vocalist/guitarist Eddie Veliz, bassist Tony Castaneda and drummer Pepe Clark Magana) hail from California and threw down heavy tracks with a bombastic attitude. Their sound can be described as a cross somewhere between the hard driving simple metal of a Led Leppelin and a low bass driven screaming vocal style of Soundgarden. Combine the two creates a sound that cannot be ignored.
The crowd really got into it when Sick Puppies took control of the stage. Crowd surfing ensued, as did moshing and general hysteria. The Australian trio of vocalist/guitarist Shimon Moore, bassist Emma Anzai and drummer Mark Goodwin incited the crowd with selections like ”Riptide” and the ever popular “Maybe”. Ending with “You’re Going Down” their set seemed short, but maybe that was because time really does fly when you have fun. The enigmatic Moore is spectacular as a front man and equally dazzling as a guitarist. Anzai doesn’t get enough credit for her sensational bass playing. It’s easy for many people, men especially to get caught up in her stunningly good looks and overlook her musicianship. The tight rockin’ set was a hard act for Seether to follow.
Seether did come out with a great set that began with “For Cue” and “Gasoline”. The South African band who has gone back and forth from 3 members to 4 and back to 3, returned to their status as a trio after lead guitarist Troy McLawhorn left the band last year to return to Evanescence. Undeterred, Seether (vocalist/guitarist Shaun Morgan, bassist Dale Stewart and drummer John Humphrey) released their latest CD “Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray” and continued on as a trio and haven’t looked back since.
While the majority of the CD was recorded with McLawhorn’s contributions the live version has filled in well. For example the extra guitar part on “Country Song” was filled nicely by Stewart. If one did not know much about Seether’s history they would have never known there used to have 4 members.
The only issue from the show was the lighting, or lack thereof. The tube lighting wrapped around the mic stands provided more light for the stage than a vast majority of the show. For most of the show the band was only backlit by lights facing the crowd, and a few low wattage blue or orange lights in front, but not much else. The band also employed several concussion style strobes that temporarily blinded the audience, further restricting their view. While mood lighting (as well as the backlights) can be very effective for presentation if used properly, it can also be overkill, as was the case Friday. When it is used as the primary lighting style it is the fans that end up losing.
It was so dark (insert “How dark was it?” here) that fans can darken a corner in their bedroom, set up a smoke machine, put up a couple of flashlights facing out from the corner, and crank up their live CD from the show (which fans can purchase) and, in essence, re-live the experience night after night.
Make no mistake, they sounded awesome, but when you are struggling to see the band due to lack of lighting, or too much mood lighting, whatever they want to call it, then it takes away from the live experience.
Highlights included “Broken”, “No Resolution”
1) Fur Cue
4) Fine Again
6) Drum Solo
7) No Resolution
8) Here and Now
10) Country Song
11) Rise above This
12) Fake it
Sick Puppies Setlist:
1) Odd One
3) My World
4) All the Same
8) Nothing Really Matters
9) You’re Going Down