‘Concert Series’: Baltimore Soundstage 4/26

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(us in the harsh glare of red lights.  that’s me in the front)

Hey Bit-munchers!

Welcome to your weekly installment of According to Hatchet, where I talk about all things music and occasionally books.  I made a last minute decision (though not as last minute as some of us) to go to a concert in Baltimore during the last week of the semester, and It. Was. Awesome.  I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a concert so much.  So, on to the stuff!!

The first act was For Today.  I’ve seen them before at Purple Door (2010ish) and at the Chameleon Club (2012ish?) but I’m not a huge listener of them.  I do have two albums by them, but I didn’t recognize any songs.  They always put on a pretty good show though.

Miss May I was the second act.  This was my first time seeing these guys and man, those boys only get better with age (except for Ryan Neff’s beard).  Levi Benton’s hair was, as always, a beautiful thing.  This was probably my favourite act of the night, and I have listened to these guys most out of all the bands.  They of course played ‘Hey Mister’, ‘Relentless Chaos’, ‘Masses of a Dying Breed’, and ‘Forgive and Forget’ amoung others.

We Came As Romans was the third act.  I’ve never seen these guys before either, and it was a pretty good show.  One of the girls we went with LOVED them and she looked like she had a great time during their set.  They did put on a good show, but I didn’t recognize any songs, I don’t think they played anything off of To Plant a Seed which is the only album I have by them.

Memphis May Fire was the fourth act.  Again, I’ve never seen these guys before and they put on a great show.  They were probably my second favourite (I’ve always liked MMI better).  They played a couple songs from The Hollow and at least one from Challenger, but I don’t know their newer albums.  Matty Mullins was talking about how he doesn’t really like playing stuff from their old albums which is a shame because they are still good songs.  But, I am glad they played stuff I know.

Reflection!

Concerts are so much more fun when you go with a large group (sorry Kelly <3) and can be on the floor in front of the stage.  We had nine people with us which was really great.  When being on the floor of the venue it helps to have a personal meat shield pit protector to help you out when they open that pit up, which happened quite too often for my liking.  (I also filled the role of pit protector, which is quite fun.  I hugged a lot of people).  The venue was pretty nice, a lot larger or at least more comfortable, than the Chameleon Club.  It was of course loud, as all indoor venues tend to be and I loved their lighting rigging.  It was awesome.  I want it.  I also crowd-surfed for the first time evah with my new concert BFF which was pretty chill.  It was actually fairly anti-climactic, but I didn’t get dropped so that’s good.  I did make a harrowing trip through the pit to get back to my crew so that was terrifying.  This was definitely a great concert experience though.  The last show I went to was in November and it was fun, but I didn’t really leave it feeling awesome.  This, while I felt awful the next day and my left ear rang for two, was awesome.  It was so much fun and I’d definitely go back to that venue and more shows, I’m just a little out of practice for this whole staying up all night yet being functional the next day business.

Welp, that’s all folks.  Pic cred goes to me and Emily.

This is According to Hatchet, thanks for being here.

[Links: https://www.facebook.com/ForToday/?fref=tshttps://www.facebook.com/MissMayIMusic/https://www.facebook.com/wecameasromans/?fref=nfhttps://www.facebook.com/MemphisMayFire/?fref=ts | https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreSoundstage/?fref=ts ]

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