June 8, 2012 in Local Bands
For those of you who might have missed out on this past Saturday’s show at The Pyramid Scheme, you missed a great time with an eclectic pairing of local bands from all over MI.
The night started off with newcomers Brass Bows from Kalamazoo. This band is made up of former members of Kalamazoo outfit Their Teeth Will Be Of Lions, as well as current members of Terror Terror Oh My! For those of you who may not have ever seen this previous outfit, to say that they were a hybrid of a lot of musical styles is to put it mildly. They were always entertaining and had a penchant for being on some of the best bills around town, a show at the Strutt with then relatively unknown Foxy Shazzam comes to mind. Knowing all of this I was very excited to hear what this band was going to sound like. When putting this show together leader singer Jay said it was like t.t.w.b.o.l, but a little darker. The band came out and didn’t waste any time getting down to business. While this may have been this bands third show, you could tell this was a band that has honed it’s craft over the years playing in various other bands, and played with such a controlled intensity that you couldn’t not take notice of what they had to say. While their set was short, a blistering 6 songs, and left most of the crowd wanting to hear more. There was a lot of buzz about them the rest of the night. This is definitely a band that you will want to catch the next time they are around town, or if you can’t wait make a little road trip out of it…you won’t be disappointed. Check them out on their Facebook page, there is currently no music, but you can keep up with the band as they work on their new album
The second of the three bands to take the stage is Grand Rapids own The Storied Life. This is a band that has been around locally for awhile and always seems to play around town feverishly and then go into hibernation for a little while. While I know this can be the routine for local bands as they all have day jobs and personal lives that can interfere with being able to play as often as their fans may want, it has never deterred me from dropping everything just so I can go see this phenomenal band. A friend of mine who was around for their sound check made the comment “This was worth my $5 alone, they sounds amazing…and this is just a soundcheck.” This band sounds really loud, I’d be willing to put them against most “metal” bands as far as sheer volume. The main difference is The Storied Life know how to maintain control over being a loud band and using it to add dynamics within their songs that keep the listener aurally satisfied. Lead singer Jordan has a voice that is very much his own and is refreshing to hear from someone who is tired of hearing singers try and sound like someone else. Throughout the night it was clear that each member knows how to play their instruments proficiently, but that it wasn’t about showcasing their individual talents, but only playing the necessary parts to compliment the song as a whole. The band played mostly new stuff that will be appearing on their long awaited new EP due out sometime within this year.
Last up was Know Lyfe from Lansing. This band has been around for over 10 years now and are considered veterans of the Michigan metal/hardcore scene. This band are one of those bands that everyone knows and seems to kind of be a joke to many people..that is until everyone sees how lean and mean this band has become over the last few years. It should be noted that this band has adapted over the years to stay relevant over the years, something most of their peers can’t say as they are no longer around, without sounding like they are trying to cash in on the latest “it” sound. As a listener one of the few bands I could ever compare Know Lyfe’s career to would be that of the Deftones, always changing and keeping their existing fan base while expanding and gaining new fans with every new release. This is truly a band that has to be seen to be believed. They play with such raw emotion and conviction, where any notion of them being a joke goes right out the window. While playing a set comprised of mostly newer tunes off their new album “Empire of Wolves” and some of the crowd favorites from “On Cold Hands and Dark Waters” It’s songs like “Kobraki” and new single “Oceans” that showcase the broad spectrum of this bands songwriting. The first being a straight shit kicker with a pummeling riff that’s met with a ferocious rhythm section that shakes your senses only to bring a chorus that is very reminiscent of something you’d find on a Sevendust record. While “Oceans” is more of that slow, groove oriented song that’s meant to make you focus on the lyrics, with a chorus that’s hummable even if you don’t actually know the lyrics. This band puts it’s all into their live shows and is appreciative of everything they have, as was made evident by them constantly thanking the crowd for being there, thanking the bands that were on the bill by name, and the venue for treating bands the right way. They will be appearing on this year’s Mayhem festival alongside such notable acts as Slayer, Slipknot and Motorhead to name a few. Listen to songs off their new album “Empire of Wolves” and see when they will be playing near you.
Also want to send out a quick thank you to all the bands for playing this show with such a short amount of heads up. To all the people that came out to support all of these bands, thank you for supporting your friends and sticking around to listen to everyone else as well. Lastly, to the Pyramid Scheme for allowing me to put on such a crazy show at their venue. This show was a success because of all of YOU.