All Hail the Yeti, Kyng, & Motionless In White
I realized when I sat down to write last nights review that my job is not to sugar coat every concert and make the bands all sound like works of genius. Why was that realization necessary to write the review? Well, you'll see...
All Hail the Yeti
How do I put this? They sucked. A lot. I mean, wow. I've seriously never heard a band that bad before play a major venue. They had absolutely no business being on such a top tour, and as my dad put it, the lead singer "is living proof that anyone can be the singer of a rock band." No amount of vocal training could save this man from his hellish rasps he screeched into the crowd, so out of tune that I'm pretty sure some of the wine-glasses shattered. They had no sense of rhythm or melody, they merely made noise in the worst way possible. I just stood there and said, "Where's the mute button?" Thank god they had a short set.
I was so relieved to hear this old-new rock band come on stage and play their amazing music. I had no idea what was coming except a short review I read describing them as a Led Zepplin+Black Sabbath type band This hairy trio walked on with a laid-back attitude that immediately switched to high energy from the first chord they struck. Head banging with their long hair flying all over, heavy chords, Ozzy-esque vocals, and a driving drum beat struck the audience with a fantastic revival from the last band. We decided to hail the Kyng instead. After a crowd-pleasing cover of VanHalen's "Hot For Teacher," we were all begging for 30 more minutes. Two more songs closed up the best set of the night leaving the audience crying encore and my dad so happy I thought he was ready to jump in a time-machine back to the old days. As you all know, I'm a sucker for great drumming, and their drummer was way up there on the great drummer front. He reminded me of the new drummer for Black Sabbath's tour. Awesome show!
Motionless In White
I was looking forward to seeing MIW all week because I have been obsession over thier album Infamous since I bought it a month ago, and my disappointment was caused by a concert failed by technology. They had to start the set 15 minutes late because one of the speakers wasn't working, which cut off three or four songs from set. When they were finally able to play, Murphy decided he wasn't satisfied, and struck again. The already thrown-off band members were struggling to keep the show going as feedback shot from the guitars and the lead mic swam in and out of functioning. During a duet between Chris Motionless (lead singer) and an acoustic guitar, high-pitched screeches rang through the speakers every six or seven chords. Throughout the song, Chris Motionless's mic wasn't really working and it was impossible to hear. With two songs left to their disjointed set, it seemed most of the problems were fixed when Chris's mic started to only pick up sound in the lower register, throwing off everything. Between each song, the members were walking off to figure out what's going on and possibly to yell at the stage crew, and all of them seemed out of it and confused. The closer, "A-M-E-R-I-C-A," a synth solo falls towards the end of the song. Something broke and static filled the air awkwardly during that dreadful duration. It was obvious that the members didn't know how to handle the situation, and honestly a few jokes or recognition of the technical difficulties probably would've helped them a bit. The mix of songs had no flow, which I attribute to them having to pull out songs because of the loss of time at the beginning. It was a sad, sad time for MIW fans. I was especially let down after seeing their amazing performance at Rocklahoma, but this just as easily could have been that great, if there hadn't been so many problems.
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.