Filter (Rock ‘N Restock CLE)

Filter – Live at FWD Day + Nightclub Cleveland for Rock N’ Restock CLE, 9-22-2016

I did something I swore I’d never do last night. I went to a show and spent the entire time in the parking lot. I didn’t have a ticket going into it, and I just couldn’t bring myself to shell out the 30 bucks and some change to get in. Probably because when I got there I realized that the event was a Filter show tacked onto a silent auction. Everyone was walking in and out of the FWD Day and Nightclub in fancy clothes and here I am, clad black with my Filter logo flag shirt. I felt extremely out of place and it really sucked because the event was for a great cause, raising money for the Cleveland Food Bank and some folks affected by cancer.

Instead I paid $10.00 to park my car in a space right beside the stage. I didn’t pay for that specific spot, and I arrived well after the opening band (Tyler Reid) took the stage, so it was pretty much dumb luck. It was a good listening area; if I got on my car (did) I had a view of heads of the crowd and occasionally the band members, if they were feeling the will to move around. My personal Filter sound festival was interrupted only by the trains, the man who asked me to button his shirt sleeve, the echo off the bridges, and the couples yelling at each other on the way to the car.

They played for over an hour, and didn’t take a single break. Here’s the set list.

1. The Take
2. Trip Like I Do
3. You Walk Away
4. Head of Fire (<3 <3 <3)
5. Kid Blue from the Short Bus, Drunk Bus
6. Jurassitol
7. Pride Flag
8. Nothing In My Hands
9. Take A Picture
10. Surprise
11. Welcome to the Fold
12. The Best Things
13. American Cliché
14. No Love
15. Hey Man, Nice Shot

This club is right by the water and the outside area is lined with train cargo cars. Which was a nice feature since it made for a low barrier.

I recorded the whole thing on my phone. And it’s a damn good recording for a phone if I do say so myself!

While I didn’t enjoy this show as much as my first one, I mean that goes without saying because I was inside the venue, I am pretty stoked to have a solid recording of a Filter show where Richard Patrick talks a lot about his hometown. And apparently he’s writing a book?

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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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Filter (The Outpost)

Filter – Live at The Outpost, 7-16-2015

Yesterday I saw Filter for the first time and it was amazing and incredible and fun and holy smokes was it one of the best concerts of my life. With everything I had read about Richard Patrick being ‘washed out’ at previous live shows, I was expecting a man with a wrinkly face forming incoherent sentences, maybe even forgetting his own lyrics. His commentary for the song Watch The Sun Come Out Tonight sorta made me believe all the reviews. But seriously, the performance was anything but a drug-afflicted sob fest.

The Outpost is an extremely intimate venue. I seriously think there were less than 100 people in the place. I could be way off on that count, but it has such a small, warm feel that I want to believe it. My friend Royce and I were literally an arms length away from Richard Patrick throughout the entire set. I was dead center in front of the stage. I danced with a bunch of Filter fans, threw my hands up at almost every chorus, and felt my eyes water a few times when I realized that they were playing some of my favorite songs ever.

Before the show, Royce and I were chilling near one of the bars. A very well-dressed blonde girl and a very well-dressed boy with fun hair walked up to us. The guy pointed at Royce’s shirt (Invader Zim) and said how much he loved it, then hiked up his shirt sleeve to show us his Invader Zim tattoo. Only when Filter took the stage did I realize that the guy was Chris Reed, THE DRUMMER. How. Effing. Awesome. And how effing stupid of me to not look up the faces of all band members beforehand.

The blonde, none other than Ashley Dzerigan, rocked a sweet studded guitar strap on her bass. It’s so great to see ladies playing instruments in bands like Filter and BRMC. The novelty of it never gets old.

Filter was a very well dressed band. Before the show I had picked out the Filter members without even realizing it. (Besides Richard – I know that face to a T.)  The way they all dressed, you could tell they had a great sense of style and that they just belonged together somehow. And the drummer and bassist weren’t the only ones with great hair. Lead guitarist Oumi Kapila had some huge locks that he tied up for some of the show – a trademark look for the man, I imagine.

More highlights of the show include getting tossed around by the mosh pit that took place during Hey Man, Nice Shot, and seeing a guy in a NIN Tension shirt being the most active member of the audience. That lucky fellow snagged one of the set lists at the end, and let me take a photo of it (along with the back of his shirt.)

More about Royce: I’ve known the guy since I started college. I used to buy my waffles, pancakes and omelettes from him via my dining plan card way back when. We started talking when he saw me sporting a NIN shirt one day. I had never really spent much time with him outside of the cafeteria until last night, and I’m so glad I got the chance to experience a show with another music junkie like me. He’s lucky enough to have seen Filter a few years back… oh, and his first concert ever? NIN with David Bowie. I won’t get into how salty I am about that.

More about the venue: The Outpost is a little concert hall in Kent, Ohio that boasts a dark interior, two bars and an eclectic staff. With its carpeted and wooden floors, you can tell the building has gone through numerous expansions throughout the years. The place is only open specifically for live shows, which is about two nights a month.

Here are some photos from the gig. Thank you, Filter, for choosing to play at this little venue before kicking off your festival tour.

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Filter – The Amalgamut

I remember buying this album long ago, intrigued by a song I heard off a commercial for the Hummer H2 (posted below). Upon listening to the CD, The Only Way (Is The Wrong Way) didn’t turn out to be my favorite track, which I am always grateful for when I purchase an album. At the time I was reading everything I could get my eyes on about Columbine, and the song Columind eventually made its way into a paper I wrote for a high school class. My Long Walk To Jail, along with The Missing, also became two of my favorite Filter songs.

Filter formed in Cleveland in 1993, and has since produced six studio albums. It has been said that a new album may be released this year.

As far as the Filter-inspired artwork goes, creating it was pretty straightforward, though the pose was semi-difficult and I’m sure I looked ridiculous.

Just what is an amalgamut? It may have been born from the verb amalgamate: to combine or unite to form one organization or structure. But I’d like to think it’s a secret word that only Richard Patrick, Steve, Frank and Geno know the true meaning of.

Disclaimer: Every piece of music-inspired artwork on this site is an original new creation. I am not affiliated with nor do I own the rights to any of the Original music artwork that has inspired me to create the new artwork found on this site.

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