It all began with the clever and lyrically infused opening band Late Night Savior and continued into the amplified heavy metal vocals of Riksha. The surprising member mashup of both the opening bands made for the final performance of Perish Lane.
Then, it was time. Under the colored lights, on the intimate stage of Liquid Joe’s, Flaw showed us there is no experience like that of live music.
Flaw bestowed the dark anchoring timber that signifies power and passion. The heavy voice of Chris Volz twirled around the angry strumming of guitars and building drums. Tension threaded through the music, alluding to an oncoming rock scream. The crowd could feel it in the vibrating lights, we could hear it in the bass’ pacing, and our nerves tightened with the anticipation. We sang along with the thrumming drums pounding against our chests, accelerating the pumping of our hearts, rushing the blood through our bodies, and igniting the energy within our systems.
As anticipated, the gut-twisting chorus of “Payback” yanked the bodies of the crowd into chaos. The crowd screamed the lyrics, but Chris Volz drowned out our participation. We could hear nothing but Flaw. We could scream the words till our lungs burned, but only the desperation of “Only the Strong” played from the stage could be heard. The venue may have been small, but the power exuding from the stage was immeasurable.
They granted us a heady experience as they flowed through 20 years of Flaw tracks. From “Medicate” off the Endangered Species album, to “Only the Strong” from Through the Eyes, a show with Flaw is a journey through their career and a slideshow of memories. The songs off their new album, Divided We Fall, fit like a puzzle piece into the set of throwbacks as if they had always been part of the Flaw playlist.
“Get back up no matter how many times life knocks you down.” –Chris Volz
With guitarist Jason Daunt pacing across the stage to slam his talents with hard hitting bassist Ryan Jurhs, the show maintained a constant visual stimulation. Drummer Cory Sturgill attacked his drumset as if he could pound the audio waves into the cement floor below our jumping feet. They played for the first responders, the military, for those who have suffered for others, and those who struggle against the world.
They played this make-up show as though it was their last. Luckily for us, their tour will start at the beginning of the year, so you’ll have your chance to experience what Flaw does so faultlessly.