The crowd wasn't as excited as they should have been. There should have been people all over the place, crowd surfing, moshing, and getting rowdy. There was a little pit that broke out but nothing too extraordinary. Honestly, it was a Monday night in Dinkytown with a Monday night crowd. I don't know what I was expecting, but I think I was expecting more excitement.
Maybe the issue was that the tour package was a bit too bi-polar. Now, don't get me wrong. I absolutely love bi-polar tours. I love having pop-punk and hardcore bands on the same bill. Those are the shows I live for. That being said, there are certain genres that do not mix. Last night would be an example of two genres that simply do not mesh.
Majority of the crowd seemed uninterested and just stood there. Yeah, there were some fans that had their devil horns up and were hollering in between songs, but they were in the minority. The room seemed much emptier during Enslaved's set compared to when BTBAM took the stage but such is life. BTBAM just has much more of a following than Enslaved and the bands didn't mesh. BTBAM won.
Not only did they win by the size of the crowd, Between the Buried & Me won with the amount of energy and talent. From the second they took the stage, I was completely blown away. Yeah, I had heard of these guys before and knew what they were about but I never really got big into them. I couldn't tell you names of songs or even albums. I could tell you, however, that these guys are super talented and their music really keeps you on your toes.
I didn't know many people at the show last night so I stood against the wall towards the front and just took it all in. It's amazing to be at a show that, although you don't know much of the music, can make you drift off to another world. It's not that I was daydreaming, more just that I lost touch with how my day had gone.
Between the Buried and Me at Varsity Theater, Minneapolis (23 November 2015)