The worst thing about being an adult and wanting to go to a bunch of all ages shows? You usually miss the first band or few because the show starts way earlier than when you get off work. Last night I only caught two songs of the first band, Aurae, and it was the first time in a while that I was truly disappointed that I didn't get to the show right on time.
This was the third time I had seen these guys play. It has only been a couple of months since the last time I saw them but they completely blew me away last night. I support the local scene no matter what, but it is rare that a local band that I'm not friends with has me this hooked. The kids in this band look young enough to be my own children but the amount of talent they have is far more than some of the kids I went to college with who studied music full time.
Maybe it's their professionalism that has me in love. Their set got cut way short last night. Like short enough that they barely had time to tell the crowd who they were. They didn't complain. They didn't take to Facebook and rant about it. They got off the stage and thanked people for their time. That sounds little and insignificant but I can't tell you how many bands I've seen that have their sets cut short and act like little babies about it. Keep your eyes on this band. Seriously, there are big things to come for this band.
By The Thousands was the main reason I went to the show last night. They are amazing musicians and continue to gain the popularity in the scene that they deserve. I remember being one of the only people at some of their first shows. Last night, they had a bigger crowd than majority of the other opening bands and out of majority of the local bands here in the Twin Cities, they are more than worthy of this.
Their music is perfection. It's technical and precise but not overwhelming. When a sample doesn't play on time, they don't stop the song to fix it, they wait it out like true professionals, never missing a beat. It's heavy with bass drops and breakdowns that take your breath away. It's the fact that the second they start playing, you can't help but move a little bit. Each song was heavy and perfect. I have seen these guys countless times now but last night was, by far, the best. It's been amazing to see them grow as a band and I am more than honored to call these boys my friends.
By The Thousands at Amsterdam Bar & Hall, St Paul (24 September 2015)