KYLESA @ THE DOLLHOUSE, SAVANNAH, GA, 4/19/13
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This review probably won’t be very good, as I only got to see Kylesa and not the opening bands. Apologies in advance to Bear Fight and Wet Socks. My party from Chattanooga hauled ass to get there on time, but wound up running late (It’s a 5 hour drive; shit happens).
Anyway, me, my boyfriend Jared, and two other friends of ours in GMA got to the show about five minutes before Kylesa’s set started. This was my first time being in Savannah and I didn’t know what to expect from their crowds. One thing that surprised me quite a bit was how friendly the other kids at the show were. Most of the time when I attend shows out of town, everybody who isn’t a friend is just another face in the crowd. In Savannah, strangers will just walk right up and talk to you and make you feel at home. I thought that was pretty rad.
I was closer to Phil’s side of the stage but got jostled around quite a bit because of the pit. Honestly I was more worried about Phil’s equipment getting hurt than whether or not I got hurt. Several kids collided into the stage at different points. Savannah crowds definitely go hard. There wasn’t a dull moment in sight. Musically, Kylesa were extremely tight and seemed energized by the another new lineup (Eric Hernandez is back on drums with Carl McGinley, plus they have a new bassist whose name escapes me at the moment).
Some highlights for me was hearing some new songs from Ultraviolet, like Unspoken and Quicksand (check out a video I got of Quicksand HERE). Laura’s voice sounded fantastic, and I was right next to Phil’s theremin the whole time - the crowd contributed to the theremin’s “vibes” the whole time. At one point, half of the power got knocked out and Kylesa had to pause their set to fix some technical issues, but soon went right back at it.
The best part of the show, at least to me, was getting to hear two of my favorite Kylesa songs live for the first time - “Nature’s Predators” and “100 Degree Heat Index”. The latter song was their encore, and the crowd was almost at a fever pitch with aggresive euphoria. Jared and I were left winded but also with the impression that shows like this are what Savannah is really all about. Needless to say, we were pleased.
I got to talk with Laura and Phil for a while after the show. It was especially good to talk with Phil again, since we hadn’t seen each other in over a year. He’s a really good dude and gave me some solid advice about my own musical ventures. I wanted to get Phil and Laura to make a promo video for Fuck Yeah Kylesa, but I ultimately decided against it since both were so swamped with fans. Maybe one day in the future, though :)
Be sure to check out more photos from the show on my Flickr account HERE!