The Varsity Theater marqueeTour Dates
7.25.15 - Madison WI, High Noon Saloon *
7.26.15 - Chicago IL, Wicker Park Fest
7.27.15 - Chicago IL, Subterranean **
* w/ The Velvet Teen
** w/ Pink Avalanche
I had no clue there were stairs at the back of the stage at the venue. I have been there multiple times but the back of the stage was always covered with a giant banner of the band that was playing. There were no banners last night. There wasn't even a small logo strung up with duct tape like at many of the house shows I go to. There was nothing on the drum kits that hinted towards what band was playing. Hell, the bands barely addressed the crowd. But that was okay for last night. If you were at the show last night, you knew who you were seeing. It was not one of those shows that you just walk up to and decide, "Hey, this show sounds cool, let's go!", unless you're like me and go to anything and everything.
The Velvet Teen
This Will Destroy You was the headliner. They are an instrumental band from Texas that completely caught me off guard. I had checked them out a couple days ago just because a friend of mine was super excited that they were coming to town and I had a feeling he'd be dragging me to this show. I have to be honest, I fell asleep while listening to the first song. I hate instrumental music. I don't relate to notes, I relate to words. I like concerts because I can sing along to songs and feel connected. I didn't feel connected last night. I felt grounded. I felt like they were laying out the notes for me to sing my own song to. It was a soundtrack to my life and I was the singer and lyricist.
Their music can be extremely atmospheric and spacey at times but just when you get okay with that feeling, they hit you with an almost metal sounding section of the song. The crowd mirrored the sounds. One minute they would be swaying back and forth cradling their loved ones, or in my case, cradling my beer. The next minute, devil horns up with a little headbanging session in there. I loved these guys because they would keep you on your toes. You could seriously tell your life story through their music with the ups and downs, the slow and fast... the realness.
Apparently, it's been awhile since these guys have played in the Twin Cities (their last local appearance was at 7th Street Entry on 27 May 2011). They seemed genuinely surprised so many people showed up at the show. It was nowhere close to a sold out show, but there was a pretty good sized crowd. I hope that this means they will be back soon. Although this was a show where I felt a bit out of my element at, they were amazing and I would love to see them again and feel grounded yet again.
This Will Destroy You at Varsity Theater, Minneapolis (24 July 2015)