‘Core Classics – ‘The City’ by The Chariot

Lately I’ve been listening to The Chariot again. I hadn’t listened to them in ages, but when I was editing I got the urge again.

The Chariot never gets old. Every time I listen to them, their music grips me as much as the first time in 2011. It still sounds fresh and exciting.

I could go on about all their work, but the song that I’ve had on repeat is ‘The City’. Six years and it still gives me the chills, every time. When Josh Scogin screams “This is a revolution”, it goes straight through my soul. There is so much that I could feel I could say about this song, but I’ll leave you to listen and experience it yourself.

Lyrics:
This is only the start
You’re only opening the book
You’re only on the first line of what’s going to take a little while
I hope you don’t hold your breath because they revolt like a choir
They say the language is dead, well, then why do we speak
I hope you understand that my brain is fixed

Into the next town
This is only a revolt

Enough is enough because we cannot be late
Basically, you’ve been defined as “unworthy of love”
And I confess, I had placed in my heart the same address but I paint with my words
“You’re free, don’t fear, this is just a revolt”

Into the next town
This is only a revolt

Calm rose: violent wind
The only “surrender” tonight, shall not be our own
They cannot escape, one if by land, two if by sea
I saved my money, but it can’t save me
And maybe there is blood from the past, but that is not from me
They can take away one man, and they can take away his mic
But they cannot take us all
No, they can’t dig a hole the right size to fit all of our dreams
They can’t bury me, they can’t bury me
We can’t hope that somebody else take our place
No, we can’t hope that somebody else take our place

May the history book read of all of our names
Be it blood, be it ink, but at least we were free
This is only but a fraction of what I’ve got to say
But it must be said, it must be said
If I leave this earth tonight may it be said that I spoke my peace
I spoke with the wrath of his grace
Calm rose: come violent wind
Oh we stand hand in hand and we walk without fear
This is a revolution

Live Review – The Dillinger Escape Plan

Review of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s show in 013 (Tilburg) on January 27th 2017. Support: Bong-Ra.

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One-man electronic performances have always gone over my head. I really liked Bong-Ra’s music, but as a live performance it fell short. Especially as the support act for a band such as The Dillinger Escape Plan. It did nothing to warm one up. Most of the other people in the venue seemed to agree with me. They did not let the musician performing on stage deter their conversations. A lot of people also seemed to prefer to stay downstairs in the parlour. Later in the show, with more fast-paced songs, the small crowd started getting into it more. Two or three people were happily bouncing around, seemingly having the time of their life. Many more were bobbing their heads along to the beat. I think I would have enjoyed Bong-Ra’s music a lot more at a festival or dance party. As the support for Dillinger, it was strange.

The mathcore kings launched into their set with the fantastic ‘Limerent Death’. It took the crowd a little while to get into it. The thing about mathcore is that it’s hard to move to. I have been to several mathcore shows where people plainly did not seem to know what to do with themselves. At Dillinger’s show however, there was almost constantly a moshpit.
Their show was calmer than the last time I saw them (no swinging from lamps or crawling on speakers), but that didn’t matter. The band was as passionate as ever. It was a tight and professional show, with a good mix of new and old songs. The old songs remained the most popular with the crowd. The first stage dives took place during the old ‘Sugar Coated Sour’. The poppier songs ‘Black Bubblegum’ and ‘Milk Lizard’ got the whole crowd singing along.

Personally, I would have liked to hear more from Option Paralysis. They did play ‘Farewell, Mona Lisa’, which was easily the highlight of the show for me. It is one of my all-time favourite songs. The intensity of that song live was magical; it gave me goosebumps all over. The rest of the crowd also went wild during that song. After that, only a couple of songs were left. The band gave everything they could give and left the crowd dazed.

It’s hard to believe this was one of Dillinger’s final shows. They will be sorely missed in this kingdom they have built.

live music review – rolo tomassi, the fall of troy + chon

or, a love letter to eva spence

picture taken from rolo tomassi's facebook page
picture taken from rolo tomassi’s facebook page

last night i saw rolo tomassi for the third time this year. the fall of troy were headlining & chon opened. the show was in the club dynamo. rolo tomassi was the band i was there for, & also the only i was familiar with, so this review will mostly be focused on them.

i will start with chon. they’re an instrumental band from san diego. even before they said where they were from i thought i could hear their home state in the music. their show was pretty nice. after a while i thought their music all sounded the same though. not my cup of tea, but a surprisingly large amount of the crowd got really into it. a lot of people were banging their heads like it was much more intense music & a couple of them even ballroom-danced a little.

after chon we had to wait half an hour for rolo tomassi to start. standing at the front & watching how they set up & the minutes crawl by could make one very impatient, haha. & once they finally started, it was one big explosion. the band has so much infectious energy. there were also a lot more enthusiastic fans up front than the last two times i saw them. & the vocalist, eva spence… she is quickly becoming one of my favourite vocalists & biggest inspirations. her performance is utterly captivating. she doesn’t just sing, but puts her whole body into it. she is almost constantly jumping or dancing around the stage, shifting between a ferocious beast & an elegant lady. & then when she’s talking in-between songs, or you speak to her off stage, she is so sweet & cute. & she also makes things like hair ties & adorable pillows, which i couldn’t afford, which they sell at the merch stand. god, i love her.

…to go back to the band & performance, the other members were also amazing; it’s just that i pay the closest attention to vocalists because i’m learning to sing myself. i would love to become a vocalist like eva at some point. anyway. the band mostly played songs off their brilliant new album, grievances, starting with ‘funereal’ & ending with ‘stage knives’. i think my favourite of the songs they played is ‘opalescent’. the build-up of that song sounds amazing how they play it live. i experienced it three times now & it gave me goosebumps every time. unfortunately, since they were not the main act they had a pretty short set. still well worth the trip to eindhoven though.

the fall of troy also gave a great show. i hadn’t heard their music before, & i didn’t entirely love it, but their show itself was great. they also gave a very passionate performance. the crowd went wild. from the front to the back people were banging their heads & jumping & singing & screaming. at least half of them were constantly moshing. on a sidenote, i thought it was interesting how many different people there were at the show. quite a variety in age, gender, race, & fashion preferences. it was nice to see. i’ve noticed that in general mathcore seems to attract a more varied audience than other -core bands. also bands that have at least one member who is not a white male.

overall, i had a great time last night. if you like any of the bands mentioned, i would highly recommend checking them out live.