EVE 6 (The Grog Shop)

EVE 6 – Live at The Grog Shop, 6-21-2016

This show was 45 minutes away from my house, and since it was on a weekday I did the responsible adult thing for once and left early. I spent just shy of an hour listening to the guys of EVE 6 in the little Grog Shop, and in those meager minutes they managed to crank out many of my favorites. Here’s the list. It was the first time I recorded, in one big long text draft on my phone, each song as it started. While a semi-annoying task, it’s totally worth it knowing that, for sure, these are the songs I heard them play, in this exact order.

1. Leech
2. Sunset Strip Bitch
3. Open Road Song
4. Amphetamines
5. Promise
6. Situation Infatuation
7. Here’s To The Night
8. On The Roof Again
9. Anytime
10. Think Twice
11. Arch Drive Goodbye
12. Enemy

Leech started out with Max and one verrrry echo-y microphone. Throughout the night the mic got better.

My favorite thing about this show was the commentary. The first time I saw EVE 6, they played at a festival and it was one song after the other, with pretty much no breaks. This time, EVE 6 had plenty of time to talk about personal matters, goof off and interact with the crowd.

Max did his signature arm up, pointer finger in the air, and got most of the crowd to follow suit at least twice that night.

Did you know that none of the EVE 6 members attended prom? The popular prom song Here’s To The Night was not written about prom, and Max Collins, Jon Siebels and Tony Fagenson never attended.


Before Enemy, Max mentioned that it was a “pop song about doubt.”

This gig was two days after the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship, so it’s possible that all of the friendly folks I met that night were still just riding the high from the pro team who broke the Cleveland drought. But I wore my (first) EVE 6 shirt before the show, and I had many people come up and and talk to me about it. It was cool, strange, and I loved it. Me + tipsy + asked about favorite bands = 1 talkative, excited human.

My only beef with this show was that the shirts were the same designs as last years selection.

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Escape The Fate (The Outpost)

Escape The Fate – Highway To Hell Yeah Tour – Live at The Outpost, 4-28-2016

I’ve never consciously listened to Escape The Fate until about three hours before attending this show. My buddy Royce and I arrived around 10, a few minutes before ETF took the stage. We were two of maybe 30 people without Xs on our hands; the crowd was a young one, and we both felt a bit out of place. I honestly wasn’t expecting much. To my delight I walked away surprised.

Young crowds are fun crowds. The members of Escape The Fate interacted with the audience so much, I don’t think they could have thrown more gratitude toward their adoring fans if they tried. Unusual for us, Royce and I watched from the back of the venue¬†instead of the front. I wish The Outpost had an upstairs so I could have watched all the mosh pits from above.

My favorite things about the energetic members of Escape The Fate:

  • Taking a huge group photo with the opening bands and the audience
  • The lead singer hanging upside down from The Outpost rafters
  • Requesting all the girls in the crowd to get on the shoulders of a guy
  • Making fun of the guys without girls on their shoulders
  • Dividing the crowd in two, then videotaping a huge mosh pit breakout when they yelled go
  • Anime hair on one of the guitarists
  • The Mot√∂rhead shirt on the lead singer
  • Genuine thanks that the show brought in such a good turnout

I didn’t get there early enough to see American Wolves or Get Scared, but all three bands on the Highway To Hell Yeah Tour are comprised of super nice, sweet people who were taking questions, allowing photos and handing out free stuff in the merch booth after the show.

The Outpost was the last stop on this tour, but did headliner Escape The Fate show any signs of wear and tear? A big fat highway to hell no way.

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Filter – Crazy Eyes

As a backer of the PledgeMusic campaign, I was able to download Crazy Eyes today at 6:00PM EST. Personally I think it’s the best Filter release since The Amalgamut, and since I spent a good deal on my pledge, I’m pretty stoked about it. Here’s my short review on each track.

  1. Mother E – This is a really, really good intro to Crazy Eyes. It goes from whisper angry to wailing angry, a style that I feel is a signature Filter thing. According to Richard Patrick’s commentary to backers, no guitars were used in creating Mother E. Which completely boggles my mind. What the heck is making the guitar sound? It’s a heavy track, and according to Patrick it may be the heaviest Filter song to date. Personally I think Columind is heavier musically, or even Watch The Sun Come Out Tonight lyrically, but who am I to argue with the Filter frontman.
  2. Nothing In My Hands – The chorus of this song is addicting. And what’s even better and makes me both chuckle and appreciate it more is that the first and second verse of this track were recorded in one take, without any pre-planned lyrics. According to Patrick they just kind of mumbled whatever, liked it when they played it back, and kept it. I freaking love when Patrick sings “your justice is dead” four¬†times in a row. I think it’s just how he sings it – higher than the rest of the words, which adds a cool twist to the otherwise dark feel. The chorus part “there’s nothing in my hands” is accompanied by some steady background tune-age that eventually builds up into this really great bridge around 3 minutes in. It’s a definite head-bang-dancer tune and would probably be one of the best Filter tracks to hear live.
  3. Pride Flag – Another track that goes from angry loud to quiet. This song is a-okay.
  4. The City of Blinding Riots – I knew this had to be a play on the U2 song City of Blinding Lights just from reading the title, and Patrick solidified my theory in his commentary. According to him, Blinding Riots is the anti Blinding Lights song. A reoccurring lyric is “burn that fucker down” and upon first listen, lyrically speaking, I was instantly reminded of the song Burn by Dope. But Filter delivers almost the same words with the same message in a classier, layered way that I truly enjoy listening to. Definitely one of my favorites.
  5. Take Me To Heaven – This was the first single off Crazy Eyes. I really enjoy it, and the moment I heard it I knew Crazy Eyes would deliver promising stuff. And it has.
  6. Welcome To The Suck (Destiny Not Luck) – First of all, the title of this rocks. I’m a sucker for anything that tries to rhyme. It’s no Welcome To The Fold though. It’s pretty hard to beat a manic line like “you get yourself a nice cold beer and drink yourself away.” This is one of the slowest songs of the bunch, but it’s not bad. I like that the title of the song made its way into the lyrics. It would be a blast to sing back at a live show.
  7. Head Of Fire – This right here is a Win Song, and is my favorite thing off Crazy Eyes. The driving guitars, the signature quiet to loud, the not silly lyrics, the fun beat of the chorus, the crazy cool bass line, the way it abruptly ends… it’s brilliantly, brilliantly done. According to Patrick, this song is about his wife being angry at his vaping. In his commentary video he is laughing about it in such a way that would bring a smile to anyones face. Whatever the reason, I’m so happy this musical composition¬†was created.
  8. Tremors – Another very well done track. Of all these new songs, I think Tremors is most reminiscent of old school Filter.
  9. Kid Blue From The Short Bus, Drunk Bunk – My second favorite song off this record. The chorus is so awesome. It’s about an ex-bandmate who drunk calls Patrick a lot, and apparently the song was written as a form of revenge against him. If only all revenge was channeled into something this punk.
  10. Your Bullets – This was the first track written for Crazy Eyes, and it’s an overall solid piece.¬†Classic Filter in a nutshell.
  11. Under The Tongue – It’s mostly an instrumental, and I freaking adore it. There’s a part near the end where it gets all quiet and a macho man goes “Look within. Be still.” To me it has old NIN remix written all over it. This song originated from¬†a jam session and all the parts were pieced together on a computer. It turned out impressively¬†awesome.
  12. (Can’t She See) Head Of Fire, Part 2 – The other slow song on this album. This song instantly had me thinking back to the Thanks Bro days, a track that I’ve always been very fond of. This track has a verrrry pretty tune musically, I believe it’s with an acoustic guitar, and the fading in and out of voices gives it another dimension, making it rather interesting to listen to. The lyrics are dark, the tune is lovely, and it’s a fantastic end to this thing called Crazy Eyes.

I would pay to see this entire album performed live from start to finish. Congrats on this release Richard Patrick, Oumi Kapila, Chris Reeve, Ashley Dzerigan and Bobby Miller of Filter!

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Battle Tapes – Solid Gold EP

Today Battle Tapes released a 5-track EP today of their amazing song Solid Gold, featuring Party Nails. Here are my thoughts on each remix.

  1. Solid Gold (feat. Party Nails) – The original, impressive, and all around stunning track that had me hooked upon first listen.
  2. Solid Gold (feat. Party Nails) Battle Tapes Remix 01 – There’s some really great guy/girl voice layering going on. The bridge is incredible, as is to be expected. This is probably my favorite remix of the 4. I’ve been listening to it on repeat for the past 30 minutes.
  3. Solid Gold (feat. Party Nails) Battle Tapes Remix 02 – The bass beats in this version will make you want to hail a cab and get your rave on. It’s like a dance party in your own head and I see so many movies being made in the future with the main character dancing to this piece of brilliant composing. Oh, and the bridge-y part starting at 1:50-ish is still nothing short of prodigious.
  4. Solid Gold (feat. Party Nails) Story of the Running Wolf Remix – Baby baby baby, Please please please. This remix utilizes many fun techno beats; I can totally see myself running to this. It’s dance party city, and the bells? at 2:22 just kill me and make me crave the winter holidays. This remix builds up in the bridge in a fantastic way… and then we are greeted with more bells! Instant adoration for something so smart and well done.
  5. Solid Gold (feat. Party Nails) The Beta Machine Remix – This remix takes Solid Gold to new rock ‘n’ roll heights with the music involved. It gives the track a completely different feel – the vocals mixed with the heavy instruments make the song almost feel angry – well maybe not angry, but definitely darker then the other versions. At around 2:32 the instruments go into what I can only describe as a spiral effect, and then from there on the instruments get even more weird and dark. And of course, the bridge is incredible. A great way to polish off a masterful EP.

Not to sound like the broken record I am, but the titles of each describes each track. Solid. Effing. Gold. All four remixes are beautiful in their own ways.

According to the Party Nails Instagram account, Solid Gold was featured in the latest episode of Girls. Congrats to all involved! And get ready to have your inboxes blown up, my number 3 and 4 top favorite bands of all time.

I’m waiting with anticipation to see which number of the limited 200 run of CDs I’ll get. I was 41/100 with the run of limited edition Polygon LPs. Eep!

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Zero Star

Eons ago I somehow acquired songs by a band called Zero Star. At least, that’s what the folder on my computer is labeled. There’s a good chance that I made it up; I believe I acquired it during my Smashing Pumpkins days. Anyway, over the years I’ve dedicated time that has probably accumulated to hours trying to track down anything about this band, only to come up empty handed.

Song titles by the enigmatic Zero Star:

Age of Apocalypse, Good Mornight, Journey of Worth, Learn, Like What You Feel, Positivity, So Hollow, Wean, Wean Off You, Wished While Burned, 6th Door, Casualty, Crossed Reference, To The Inside

These songs are pretty rough and raw. The singer has a rather raspy voice, and by the instrument echoes, almost all of them sound like demos. But 10+ years later, I still find myself interested in learning about the members of this band, who they are and what happened to them. Do they still make tunes? If anyone out there has any leads, I’d greatly appreciate the tips.

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