I’ve been waiting to make this announcement for a few days but yes, WOSMAW VII is going to be a thing. After over a year of delays and unfortunate circumstances, I’m rebooting my supposed-to-be bi-annual celebration of women on the sludge, stoner, doom, and post metal scenes. I’ve already got four interviews ready to post, as well as some good live videos and maybe a special treat waiting in the wings if I can make it happen.
It’s all going down between November 17 - 23rd of this year, so mark your calendars…or make a mental note. Whatever works for you. Anyway, stay tuned. I’ve got a lot of work to do in the next month, but all this work will hopefully be worth it.
CHVRCHES AT THE BUCKHEAD THEATER, ATLANTA, GEORGIA, 10-08-14
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(First off, I’m so sorry for the poor image quality! I’m in-between cameras right now and had to take these on my phone)
Normally on this blog, I cover a bunch of doomy, sludgy metal shows, but not this time. I have very broad tastes in music, and sometimes going to a show completely removed from the scene I’ve been mucked up in the past few years proves to be a very liberating experience. Chvrches are a band that I discovered around February of this year, and they won me over fairly quickly. A lot of people reading this would dismiss them as a gimmicky synth act stuck in the 80s or as a “hipster band”, and all I have to say to you sorts is that you’re totally missing out. They’re incredibly good songwriters with intricate production and razor-sharp lyrics, and there’s nothing “ironic” or trendy about them. They just make good music, and these days, being good is all I care about a band doing.
Now on to the actual show – this was my first time seeing a gig at the Buckhead Theatre, and I have to say that it’s a great venue. It’s like someone took Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theater and the Tabernacle and rammed them together – it had a very “homey” feel, despite housing a lot of rising stars. The first act was this DJ guy under the name The Range, and I wasn’t too terribly impressed. His whole aesthetic was kind of a house version of “Where’s Waldo?” – circular glasses, sock hat and all. It was really just background music for me and various other 20-something concert goers to sip beer and check social media to. Speaking of the other concert goers, there were a lot of artsy types in the crowd and it’s definitely not what I’m used to being surrounded by (aka sweaty, grody metal dudes). Weirdly enough, a few of them started conversation with me and were just as psyched for the oncoming synth blast as I was.
Finally, it was time for the big bang – at approximately 9:15 PM, Chvrches took the stage, opening with “We Sink” and then sailing straight into “Lies”. This was the last stop on their American tour, and they all looked visibly tired (a seven-hour drive from Florida will wear anyone down), but they put on a damn good set nonetheless. They are an incredibly tight band live – Lauren’s vocals were on-pointe, while Iain and Martin switched between synths, samplers, and guitars seamlessly. At different points, Lauren and Iain took to addressing the crowd. Lauren told a really amusing story about getting kicked in the back of the head at her very first concert (Jimmy Eat World) and her dad not letting her attend any more “punk” shows for years after that. She also mentioned not being very popular in high school, and how she thought it was touching that several parents brought their teenage children to the show.
Onward the show sailed, with “Strong Hand” and “Recover” being really solid stand-outs. Here’s where things get really interesting and a bit personal, though – at one point during “Tether”, I had to skip out of my fourth-row spot and use the restroom, and getting back to the front of the line proved to be a weirdly cinematic adventure. Chvrches were playing “Under the Tide” as I clawed past a bunch of inebriated faces in the crowd, a literal “tide” of humans, and just as the “Head up, head up, keep holding, holding” part kicked in, I found my boyfriend Jared and grabbed onto his arm, and we met in the middle as the synths swelled. Probably the most beautiful moment I’ve ever had at a show.
Four songs served as closers – “The Mother We Share” (which had the crowd erupting in cheers), “You Caught The Light”, a brand new song that I don’t know the name of (trust me though, it’s really good), and finally “By The Throat”. Everyone in the group gave a lot of heart-felt “thank you”s to the audience, and just like that, it was all over. I wanted to stick around and meet them afterwards or at least tell them they did a great job, but I never saw any of them come out to greet fans (that must have happened before Jared and I showed). I still bought a rad T-shirt and left with a huge smile on my face. Being half-Scottish, I love seeing Scottish bands gain a lot of accolades stateside, and all of this praise couldn’t be given to a better trio of Glasgwegians. I’m eagerly awaiting their next album, but until then, I’ll look back on this show with a lot of fond memories. It’s easily the most fun show I’ve been to in months.
Check out more slightly okay phone pictures HERE!
Dio - Holy Diver
Hey there folks, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things by covering some more gigs that I actually want to attend. There’s a lot going on around me, but I know I’ll be at these shows for sure:
- Rent Boys, October 4th, JJ’s Bohemia, Chattanooga
- Chvrches, October 8th, Buckhead Theater, Atlanta
- Mastodon/Gojira/Kvelertak, November 7th, The Tabernacle, Atlanta
If any other shows come up that I plan on attending, I’ll add to this list.