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.
|St. Fall Apart (click to enlarge)|
The consistent energy continued with Speed Wolf, albeit in a different form. Lead singer Reed Bruemmer immediately advised the growing audience, "We're still a new band," and his words showed in some of the group's rough edges. Still, while Speed Wolf's driving brand of death metal may have lacked in nuances, the group made up for it in pure energy. Bruemmer incited the largely punk crowd to participation, even though the group's set consisted of driving chords, speedy solos and lyrics paying tribute to "the blood of Satan" and words that claimed that "Satan is king." The crowd ate up Speed Wolf's knack for theatrics, cheering on Bruemmer as he rambled about the stage and hooting up Chris Wells' guitar solos. A lengthy cover of Motorhead's "Overkill" rounded out the set.
|Git Some (click to enlarge)|
The breadth of Git Some's set would prove a fitting introduction for Frontside Five's fourteen-song set. While the group included older songs like "Chin," "Thrasher," "She Spitz" and "Conspiracy," the show yielded a valuable opportunity to see the new songs from Resurrection Cemetery play out in a live setting.
|Frontside Five (click to enlarge)|
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.