Last night: Frontside Five at the Marquis Theater
Frontside Five, Git Some, Speed Wolf, St. Fall Apart
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Better than: Attending a show devoted to only one subgenre of punk music.
Frontside Five's new full-length album, Resurrection Cemetery, veers from the Denver ensemble's skate-punk roots in many ways, incorporating new sounds and textures ranging from thrash, to hardcore, to death metal. The new record's diversity found a fitting complement in the lineup at the Marquis Theater on Thursday night. Frontside Five's CD release and summer tour kickoff show featured a roster of bands that included a little bit of everything, from St. Fall Apart's more straightforward punk aesthetic, to Speed Wolf's tongue-in-cheek paeans to death metal and even Git Some's frenzied, frenetic speed rock. The diverse array of openers served to encapsulate the new directions Frontside Five has taken in the past couple of years. The quartet's performance as the final act, playing new tunes from Cemetery as well as songs from releases like Fall Out of Line and No Pegs, seemed to take subtle cues from all of the other acts and at the same time stake out its own distinctive dynamic.
Frontside Five (click to enlarge)
Happily, the band performed songs like "Killing Time," "Nuclear Solutions," "Bernall Hill" and "Destroy" just as competently as their older material. With dual vocals from band members Bart McCrorey and Shane Henry, the new songs benefited from vocal diversity. What's more, McCrorey's thrash- and metal-infused guitar styles found expert execution live, and bassist Brooke Crawford hopped easily from structure to structure and sound to sound. Drummer Robdogg also showed an impressive amount of development in his performance of the new tunes, with a style that included expanded syncopations and rhythms from the sound that marked the group's earlier albums.
All in all, the group's kickoff show hinted at a rich live output from the band and hinted at expanded sounds to come on future albums.
Personal Bias: I enjoyed Frontside Five's new songs more in a live setting - seeing the chemistry between the four current members added depth to the music.
Random Detail: Speed Wolf frontman Reed Bruemmer predicted that the Broncos will have its "best season ever" in the coming year.
By The Way: People watching at any bar on Larimer street can be a spectacle in and of itself. A man in search of spare change serenaded people in front of the Marquis with acapella versions of Temptations songs.
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