Hailing from Virginia, Iris Divine, a three piece mind you, are playing select dates out showcasing their new album, The Static and the Noise. Lead singer and guitarist Navid Rashid belted out new songs “Fractures,” “Taking Back The Fall,” and the title track “The Static and the Noise” to the packed club just like they were performed on the album. Drummer Kris Combs and bassist Brian Dobbs round out the band and are a meticulous rhythm section and more than proved to me the power of this band.
MindMaze came on next and finally I got to see them play an extended set as they were the headliners. ” Through The Open Door” started the evening off with “Sign of Life,” off of the new album Resolve, up second. Guitarist Jeff Teets is an extremely underrated player and if you have never seen him nor MindMaze play live, I strongly suggest you make plans to the next time they play live. Lead singer Sarah Teets, Jeff’s sister, has a great voice for metal and “Dreamwalker” is proof enough for me. The band debuted a new song, “Stand Your Ground,” which might be on the next album, which the band is currently writing for a release in the near future according to Jeff.
After the set, both bands joined forces to have some fun and play some pop covers which included “Boys of Summer,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Easy Lover,” and “Take Me Home Tonight.”
I highly suggest to go and catch these bands out playing live if you can. Both are planning to play next year. Check out their social media pages for information on touring dates.
MindMaze at Club Orpheus in Baltimore, MD
Iris Divine at Club Orpheus in Baltimore, MD