Written By: TIFFANY MITCHELL
You can’t offer Seether fans a one night only live show at Baltimore Soundstage; no, you need two consecutive dates to satisfy such a loyal fan base, and night two sold out just as fast as night one. From doors open to sound check, people shuffled in as they readied themselves for the first band to come out and anchor them in. From the lone star state of Texas where everything is big, five guys who call themselves Big Story, came on smooth like a shot of Cold Cock Whiskey, then brought the house to its knees with their first song “Shooting Star.” It was apparent fans already knew of Big Story, so where the hell have I been (under a rock I suppose). Singing the next crowd pleaser “I Can’t Be Alone,” vocalist Randall Stephens voice seduced the space within, as his lyrics captivated the lot below. Without restraint, they played passionately one solid song after another. Even their newest release “Daydream,” incited cheers and whistles which lasted right up until the last song “Rabbit.” Big Story are definitely headed for big things.
Up next, the female fronted five-piece band, Letters From The Fire, turned up the heat with a top shelf show. After a few member changes over time, it was clear that LFTF found the right elixir to intoxicatingly execute every song, 100 proof. Singing “Give In To Me” off their latest album Worth The Pain, frontwoman Alexa Kabazie claimed the mic, as Cameron, Mike, Clayton and Brian brewed the right amount of heavy instrumentals with raw aggression. Lyrically speaking, LFTF tipped the bottle and let the flavors flow. The joint was jumping and the band was rockin’ as Letters From The Fire succeeded in shaking the crowd into submission for pièce de résistance.
Young, old, metal heads and business men, made up the mass of fans that had come to see the headlining act. Even mommies and daddies could be seen with their children in tow, shuffling through the heavily bodied space to find a better view. As last-minute stragglers rushed in from their smoking breaks to take whatever spot they could find, Seether arrived on stage and the room erupted with excitement. Beginning with “Gasoline,” Truth” and “Stoke The Fire,” the richly intense voice of Shaun Morgan poured out, as echoes from below bellowed every word. Mixing it up with fan favorites, number one hits and some tracks off the latest album release Poison The Parish, it didn’t matter what era of music you grew up listening to, Seethers music affected every soul there. Smooth, gritty and infectiously melodic, Morgan’s vocals felt almost hypnotic when the first few notes of “Broken” began. A duet created with Amy Lee of Evanescence, “Broken” is one of Seethers best songs to date, and taking over the part of Amy Lee was Alexa Kabazie of Letters From The Fire. Alexa and Shaun’s powerfully emotional performance transcended an already exceptional night by any measure . But like last call, there was only time for one more, and we weren’t being sent away heavy-hearted. What better song to bid us ado, but with “Remedy.” Fans squeezed into tight places, even staff and crew found spaces in between, as they watched Shaun, John and Dale play the hell out of that song. And with voices lifted high and hands to the sky, I had never seen such a diverse audience from all walks of life share one love for the same band. Known for being rock icons, Seether has given fans years of hits to rock to and cry to, and till this day they remain true to their sound and keep us wanting more.
Seether’s, Poison The Parish Tour, with Big Story and Letters From The Fire was an extraordinary tour and I feel very fortunate to have had my first Seether live experience. If you get the opportunity to catch the tour before it ends, don’t miss it. But hurry, because the tour only lasts until August 20, 2017. Poison The Parish is Seether at their best and is available right now, so you definitely want to pick that up in stores near you, and in all the usual places. Also, make sure you check out Big Story and their new single that’s out now called “Daydream.” It can be found at all online retailers. Follow Big Story on all social media outlets for updates on their self titled album release. There isn’t a set date yet, but there are whispers that it may be available this summer. So keep your eyes peeled guys. Let’s not forget Letters From The Fire, and their latest album Worth The Pain.
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Poison The Parish Tour(remaining tour dates)- Get Tickets Here.
8/5 — Milwaukee, WI — Eagles Ballroom^
8/6 — Peoria, IL — Limelight Eventplex^
8/8 — Kansas City, MO — Uptown Theater^
8/9 — Sioux Falls, SD — The District^
8/11 — Glendive MT — Dawson County Fairgrounds ^
8/14 — Boulder, CO — Boulder Theater^
8/16 — Wichita, KS — The Cotillion Ballroom^
8/17 — Dallas, TX — House of Blues^
8/19 — San Antonio, TX — The Aztec Theatre^
8/20 — Houston, TX — House of Blues^