"we were the best in the crowd......."
By JoeG on July 5, 2011 2:58 PM
In the Spring of 2010 I saw one of the Northeast best acts perform live for the first time at Gemstones night club in downtown Lowell. Prior to that night, Yes; I was fan of their music, and I wasted no time introducing myself to the members of the band as they loaded in and began to set up on the stage, and without totally gushing or acting like a star struck fool I did my best to make it clear that I was a fan and I'm really looking forward to the show on this night, after all, I was the one responsible for putting them on that stage.
The excitement of finally seeing an act I had been listening to, reading about, while constantly searching the internet for any and all videos and info I could find was about to finally come to fruition, for months anything remotely mentioning the act or its music was something I was looking for, and in just a few minutes they are going to finally perform live right in front of me....Yeah, you could say I was a fan. And having them perform in my hometown was a real treat, not only for me but for everyone who was lucky enough to be in that room.
As people coming out for the show that night were heading up the stairs I greeted many of them at the door, and as they entered the room I wasted no time telling them my thoughts and opinions about the band that will performing in just a few minutes. although i was yet to see them live I had certainly seen and heard enough to know that expectations were high, yes, it was an exciting night for me, and when it was over these guys did not disappoint.
The band hit the stage just after 10pm and wasted no time making it clear to everyone in the room that they came to play, and play they did. I was loving every minute, every second of every note just resonated with me, I stood high in the back of the venue taking it all in, their presence on stage was comparable to any legend or icon I had ever seen, their sound was magnificent, and their stage show was a total polished performance. These guys were total pros and in my mind, they had no equals. It was a performance that just ramped up to the point where one would start to think that the room, the stage, the sound system, or even the windows were going to give out, collapse, and blow under stress. The venue had never seen anything like this before, and I couldn't believe it. In this broken down sad excuse for a room, this band, for one night, created an atmosphere that I have not seen happen in that club since, and I'm convinced that it will never happen there again.
"These guys are awesome!", and as they played through a 50min set I often found myself shouting those words to anyone who came within an earshot of where I was standing. I was in total awe of what I was seeing and hearing.
They ended their set in fine fashion with an epic and anthemic tune from their first CD that is worthy of anyone's top 10 list... I was overjoyed, exhausted, and elated. And while they gathered their gear, paused on the edge of the stage, or approached the bar for a drink, I made it clear to all of them what a great show they had just delivered in a club that didn't deserve them.
For days and weeks following that memorable night in Downtown Lowell I would continue to tell people all about what I had witnessed, but I would always end my story with "ya gotta see them for yourself! I just can't explain it!" on one occasion I recall trying to explain the bands performance akin to a UFO sighting; "I saw something, it was pretty amazing, but I'm not quite sure what it actually was, and I'm afraid people will think I'm crazy if I continue to talk about it" and I guess that's the best description of the band I could give to anyone who hasn't seen them.
Since that spring night and moving forward, I have seen them perform live on 6 different occasions and in 6 different cities and every performance just as spectacular as that one back in the spring of 2010. And while attending one of their live shows a few weeks ago I was approached by a young woman at the event who told me she had never seen the act perform live, I responded by telling her this; "I'm jealous, I wish I was seeing them for the first time"
Their music screams radio ready, their stage show is polished to near perfection, and they're one of the best live acts I have ever seen.