Funeral Party. Photo: Jesse Jenkins 3
In the Venue filled up early last Thursday night as excited fans of Funeral Party, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Deftones shuffled in. However, that anticipation quickly faded for people who were 21+ when they saw the cash and credit only drink lines.
Both bars on the first floor were open, but the area still resembled a mosh pit. Bodies were pressed together along the entire length of the counter. Every time someone got their drink, the crowd surged forward to fill the empty space. Some waited in line for over 30 minutes before getting served a $5 drink in a red plastic cup similar to one you would get at a friend’s kegger. What the hell In the Venue. What happened to the $7 AMFs and Long Islands?! What goes in must eventually come out. In addition to the long wait for booze, the lines to the women’s restrooms were equally as long.
The show was almost fun in spite of In the Venue’s inadequacy to provide its occupants basic concert necessities. Funeral Party opened with an energetic set at 7 p.m. sharp. The majority of songs the four-piece played were off of their first full length album that was released in January called, The Golden Age of Knowhere.
The Dillinger Escape Plan went on second, playing an entertaining and very memorable set. The band rocked out on stage like they were KISS. The speakers were turned up so loud they were shaking and looked about ready to topple off the platform. Both lead and rhythm guitarists played like they were having some kind of epileptic seizure. The looks on their faces while stroking their instruments were somewhere in between miming and taking a dump. At one point one of them almost fell into the crowd after letting them touch the strings of his guitar. This same band member later climbed up onto a speaker and played on a metal beam that was over 12 feet off the floor and only half a foot wide. Like Funeral Party, they played a collection of mostly new songs. Unfortunately the only ones that were in the realm of decent were older ones. Note to guitarists: next time, instead of showing off and playing around, you could actually play your guitar.
By the time Deftones went on, most of the bar crowd (if they were lucky) were drunk and rowdy. The unlucky ones lost their buzz waiting in line and were irritated. Both were not conducive to an amiable concert atmosphere and several fights almost broke out. However, that didn’t diminish the enjoyment that many Deftones fans displayed at the show. They crowd surfed, moshed and sang along to new songs as well as older songs like “Knife Party” from the album White Pony. Deftones only guitarist sported an interesting choice of guitars. Telecasters produce a sound that’s similar to a steel guitar which is usually what country artists use. The noise coming from the stage was anything but country. In fact, it was positively alternative metalicious. Those who stayed for the entire duration almost got their money’s worth––almost.