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 Motörhead 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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ORGY – Pop Killers Tour (The Outpost)

ORGY – Pop Killers Tour – Live at The Outpost, 1-14-2016

I waited all freakin’ night with camera in one hand, phone in the other to catch my favorite ORGY song live, Wide Awake and Dead. While the black-clad, Bowie-tribute-face-painted musicians didn’t play my favorite song, they still put on a fun show.

From Fiction Dreams In Digital to Opticon to Stitches to Dissention, ORGY members Jay Gordon, Carlton Bost, Creighton Emrick, Bobby Amaro and Nic Speck rocked the little Outpost while fans videotaped them and danced in their own ways.

It’s my opinion that these guys need a little revamp on their image. The crowd consisted of mostly guys, with a few girls peppered in. The lyrics of many ORGY songs (especially off the newest release, Talk Sick) make me squirm a little. Maybe I’m just getting older and more feminist in my years, but it’s hard for me to listen to, let alone sing along to verses like “I don’t want to love you Cause baby you’re mistaken that I’m here for you I don’t want to love you Sex and lies is what I do Baby you’re mistaken that I’m here for you So suck it” – that being said, I don’t have much room to complain since I knew what I was in for when I bought my ticket.

ORGY was going in such a good, non-derogatory-toward-women direction with Wide Awake and Dead that I feel they are just taking some steps backward by not playing it during this tour.

Regardless, I must say that it was pretty awesome to hear a good cover of Blue Monday live. It was the closing song where Gordon got on the floor and the whole room turned into an 80s dance party. Would I have rather spent my $12 on a ticket to see Blue Monday performed by New Order? Hecks Yes, but ORGY did a nice remake in my book.

The opening band, Bobaflex, put on a smashing performance. I didn’t arrive early enough to see Death Valley High.

I’ll leave you with this song so you can bask in how cool it is. I adore everything about it and would love to create my own take on a music video for it.

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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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