with Dance Gavin Dance
January 28th, 2010
Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
With sad news of a breakup, Scary Kids embarked on their final tour together, which left me with one last chance to see them live before they broke up! I was shaking with anticipation when I stepped into the venue.
The only thing I have to say about the opening band, is the only thing that should be said about them. Terrifying. Kronez is truly a band that made me scream “What you’re doing is NOT okay! It’s cruel and it’s wrong!!” at the top of my lungs after their set. My fellow audience members seemed to agree with me.
After a very lacking performance from a band with a very undeserved swagger about them, Mod Sun stepped out on stage. Mr. Derek Smith, better known as Mod Sun, was filling in for Scary Kids Scaring Kids on drums for the duration of the tour, and he had his own short set before Dance Gavin Dance came on. Mod Sun opened up with a rap to the beat of Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA”. It was an amazing rhyme, with lines such as, “I drink, I smoke, and I party every day, it’s a fuckin party in the USA.” For the first time in my life, I agreed with a white guy (other than Eminem or MC Chris) rapping.
After Mod Sun, one of the most talented bands around took the stage. Dance Gavin Dance. I’ll admit, I haven’t seen them live since Johnny Craig was still in the band! It was a very welcomed treat to get so in your face acquainted with Kurt Travis, the vocalist who had taken Craig’s place. They jumped right into their set throwing the crowd into their real “I’m at a concert” mood. Pits opened up, and the crowd sang full songs along with Kurt and Will (the guitarist/ screams). Once they broke into “Tree Village”, the entire venue erupted in screams and cheers.
After an amazing set from Dance Gavin Dance, Scary Kids synth player Pouyan Afkary came out and began setting up his M Audio Axiom 69 keyboard. I was excited. Chad Crawford and Steve Kirby then came out, setting up their Ibanez and Gibson rigs. Derek Smith had his custom Shine drum set put together with the help of a stage hand, the set was complete with his face printed on the bass drum! Finally DJ Wilson came out and set up his Gibson bass, while Tyson Stevens was nowhere to be seen. The lights dimmed, and Tyson came out onto stage, holding the mic, thanking the crowd, and launching seamlessly into “Star Crossed” off of their self titled album. I was in awe. It was, regrettably, my first time seeing them live, and it’s a shame it had to be my last. They played a solid set of songs mixed between The City Sleeps in Flames and Scary Kids Scaring Kids albums. I was a bit sad they didn’t play their cover of REM’s “Losing My Religion” but once they started the opening Synths to “My Darkest Hour” I flipped out. The entire crowd compressed themselves into the front of the stage, they all pushed and screamed and sang along with Tyson, instantly clarifying that this was one of the crowd’s favorite Scary Kids songs.
After a great set they thanked the crowd again, and left the stage. Shouts of “One more song!” echoed throughout the venue till the band ran back onto the stage. They prefaced the song with “This one’s for the true fans, if any of you have heard of the After Dark EP…” and then they played the first song I had ever heard from them. “What’s Up Now” Everyone left struck with two conditions, euphoria, and a ringing in their ears. It was truly a fantastic sight to behold.
Review by Steve Vaynshtok
Photos by Sarahi Galeano
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