The Middle East Downstairs show for their CD release sold out so I don't see why the Palladium Upstairs wouldn't sell out. Especially since their Boston dates with DKM sold out before they were even announced on the show.
I'm shooting the DKM show tomorrow night. Shooting at the HOB is a pain in the ass. Half the time, they suddenly say "only two photographers" and cut out everyone else's passes or make you sign away every right you have in the world in a waiver, the other half of the time you get a media waiver for one publication only and only get rights to post photos online for 30 days.
defeater was awesome. the crowd totally stood around, but this was the reason that I came to this show. they did not disappoint me though they did come in with profit in plan cloths and cut out right when the bright eyes part is. it cut right into one of the echoey starting songs. it did start a little late.
soul control is the most aptly named band in the world. when I see them, I think "wow.. their music just sounds like their name". once again the crowd didn't care at all that they were playing. just like when defeater played. a lot of the people in the crowd were friends of theirs from pvd. they did make cupcake minis that they were eating in the front row... I want one.
stigma was punky with vinny stigma doing a lot of talking vocals and talking in brooklyn catch phrases in between songs. it was ok, but the audience didn't move. a couple of the better songs were drunk punk.
like I have to say it, but cruel hand brought, laid it down, and had people mosh all over it. good energy and a pretty good reaction from the crowd. it was sort of like a big old friends fest since it seemed like all the faces there were the old and the regular. a lot of well known faces there. A side note, one time (maybe 4 years ago and a bane show) at the ICC I saw the singer jump off the PA, land on the side of the stage, and flop on the floor into the crowd. I would have sworn he was dead, but a second later he's somewhere else in the crowd climbing back for the stage.
anyhow this show should have been at anchors up. this would have been an epic show if it had been there.