So here’s the thing about concerts and timing. If you advertise your show as Gates opening at five and show at 6, it’s solid logical planning to start the show at six. In typical New Orleans fashion though, this didn’t happen, which is why upon walking up at around 5:15 my group and I were greeted by the sounds of the first opening band, “The Bots.” I had never heard them before, but as far as opening acts go, they were good and fit in with the other bands well.
Now, they were quite good, but their placement on the bill is surprising. You see, “The Bots” are a two man, bass and drummer who sing band, which is exactly the same as the next band that played, Death From Above 1979 1979, who we’ll talk about in a few lines. Anyway, it just struck me as odd, but whatever, they were enjoyable, but honestly my day was all about the last three bands, and the first of those three was about to begin.
At Shaky Knees in May, i attempted to see DFA1979 for the third time, and while i technically accomplished my goal, the set was very bad. I won’t go into it again but it left me wanting a much better show, I hoped this wouldn’t be the same, and thankfully, they showed up and delivered. I guess when you’re opening for the Deftones & Incubus you can’t afford to suck, and they certainly didn’t. Over the course of a quick ten song set, they brought out all the intensity and fist bumping you would expect, and they quickly alleviated any concerns I had about their status as a live band.
Next though, is when things get much much better. The Deftones are easily one of the most consistent good bands I’ve ever seen live. They put out so much energy into every song that it’s difficult not to get excited and share in the moment. These are five guys that just love playing music for people, and even if i wasn’t a big than I think it would be difficult not to enjoy it. For seventy-five minutes they tore the stage apart, and got the crowd moving to nearly every track. Songs like opener “Be Quiet and Drive” killed it and by the time “Passenger” came upon us,the rain was starting to say hi. Seriously that was one of the best concert experiences ever. Just amazing.
Then though, the second headliner was due to arrive. Now I used to be a big Incubus fan, but their recent output has left much to be desired. Having said that though, they did deliver on stage, even if they were slightly overshadowed by Deftones. The major gripe is that they quite simply don’t have the energy of the previous bands. It didn’t matter though. The hits killed it, and much of the set was structured towards surefire hits and newer less known stuff. All in all it was enjoyable and it turned out to be one of the best concerts I’ve been to in a long time.
Landon Murray is a published writer and an avid lover of music, books and films. He's also a lover of the New Orleans Saints. He was born in 1982 and has a chainsaw tattoo on his arm.
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