THE DEATH OF THE MIX TAPE
So last week I went to see the Deftones. Having long been one of my all time favorite bands, as well as having seen them many times before, you tend to go in mostly prepared for what to expect. The energy they bring with them every time stacks up formidably against nearly anyone, from any genre. The show opened with hardcore band Code Orange. While they weren’t terrible, the thirty minute set was a definite reminder of how promising the hardcore once was, say like 13 years ago. They were a remnant of a past that most people don’t miss. They also suffered from same song-itis, a condition where because of the style of music and sound mixing, nearly every song sounds identical.
Next though, thankfully, was the kings from Sacramento(I’m talking about the Deftones if you aren’t aware). For nearly two hours they pummeled the crowd with songs from every album, many big moments(Although “7 Words,” “Passenger” and “Tempest” all got left out). What was amazing though was the light show. The energy they seemed to rev up in the crowd went great with the thumping music and energetic crowd, but seriously, these guys have known what they’re doing live for a long time, so no surprise there.
Time and time again the band mellowed the crowd out, only to ramp it up again. The biggest example of this was towards the end of the set. “What Happened to You” was gorgeous and well placed, only to have the mood turn intense again with Around the Fur stampedes “Around the Fur,” and a song I finally got to experience live,”Rickets.” It was thoroughly entertaining to say the least.
The last thing I’ll say is I’ve never seen a band so good at mixing multiple songs at once. Yes, the closer of the night was the “Adrenaline” track “Engine no.9,” but intermingled with that track was “Wicked,” and Cypress Hill’s “How I Could just Kill a Man.” Not easy to do, but if you were a casual listener, it doesn’t seem difficult to imagine you not thinking it wasn't originally the same song. To put it simply, another amazing show.
Landon Murray is a New Orleans native, who thrives on painting the world he interprets through the useful forms of all types of art he feels connected to. He's seen over 1000 bands, and had loved mostly every minute of it. He has an amazing 10 year old dog, and is loving life.
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