Garfield, the grumpy, orange cat of our childhood may have hated Mondays but in Birmingham, Alabama, we’d rather attend a sold out a rock show than complain. Iron City provides a 1300 standing person capacity and we stood shoulder to shoulder like cozy sardines. The crowd became an ever undulating, horn raising, mass entity.
Visiting us for the second time was LA based band, Aeges, a four piece and perfect genre fit for the evening’s entertainment. Kemble Walters and Cory Clark delivered vocals that blended and accentuated the interesting guitar riffs and low intensive, live sound from bassist, Tony Baumeister. Head over to Spotify to hear their work including songs from the set such as, “Weightless”, “Clear”, “Echoes” and their single, “A Reason Why.” Aeges gave into moments of gravelly vocals and screams but “A Reason Why” showed a softer side with thought provoking lyrics. It didn’t matter that it was a Monday night and the first time slot, they performed to a packed house and had the sea of people bobbing their heads.
10 Years is back and moving full steam ahead with their new album, (how to live) AS GHOSTS. Read their bio to understand the changes the group has undergone the last few years to bring them to a place that they have referred to as a new beginning. Lead vocalist, Jesse Hasek sang his heart out to every inch of the venue, making good use of the risers and leaning over to really connect with the crowd. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house as the band members drifted seamlessly from their typical assigned positions on stage, providing a visually interesting, ever changing landscape to their music. New crowd favorites such as “Catacombs” and “Novacaine” became horn raising, sing alongs. The upper register vocals on “Novacaine” were pitch perfect out of Hasek. Old favorites like “Fix Me”, “Shoot it Out” and their standout hit “Wasteland” created energy felt throughout every patron. I’m forever in 10 Year’s debt for their dark and sexy cover of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box.” I couldn’t separate my shivers from the bass. 10 Years returns to Alabama on January 17th in Huntsville, you’ll find me there, front row.
Chevelle continues to be my favorite trio of brothers sharing the music stage. Pete (vocals/guitar) and Sam Loeffler (drums) along with their brother-in-law, Dean Bernardini, are out promoting their latest album, The North Corridor along with highlighting hits from their extensive discography. Whether you’ve been a fan since before “The Red” or didn’t join the game until “Door to Door Cannibals” the show had something for everyone with their 18 song set. There is something to be said about the look in Pete’s eyes when he performs, the inflection used and enhancing the well crafted lyrics. Be captivated as Dean leans over his bass, playing as if holding onto a lover. Chevelle has used their music over the years to shed light on social issues such as the socio-economic/ Wall Street crises and pharmaceutical stigma and dependency. Chevelle shows that rock music can continue to stand up, speak out and instill inspiration and change amongst its fans.
“Life can be strange, can’t it? But we’re all here making memories.” Pete Loeffler.