The lyrics, "My life is just not whole" stuck like a thorn in my side for the early part of my 20's. They, along with many thoughts throughout Flaw's 2001 release 'Through the Eyes', either reminded me, encouraged me, or broke me down during a very difficult time in my life. When the 'Endangered Species' album came out it fit right in with many more changes that were occurring in my life that nothing else seemed to touch musically. So when I was told I was going to cover the Flaw/Seasons After show happening on May 22, 2015, I was beyond excited.
I arrived at Scout Bar in Houston, TX knowing I had interviews lined up, pictures to take, and after thirteen years of being together, it was my wife's first time ever at a concert. So for us to be getting there as early as we did, I was able to knock out interviews well before the show. We were able to walk around watch the set up. We talked with the couple of "merch" people that were around, and I soon realised that a couple that I thought were "merch", were actually the band members. Everyone was beyond cool, more than willing to strike up conversation. It was really awesome to see that even the guys in the headlining bands were on the floor greeting everyone the way they were and running the booths.
Honestly, I have only been to about six other concerts and they were always large auditorium shows. The bands were usually seen from a distance and most of the time acted as if they couldn't be bothered with you.
The first band on stage was a local group, Tame Fury. These guys have been together for a little over two years. The music kicked in and throughout the entire set the influences from Godsmack to Kiss, Nickelback to any 80's hair metal band was there. The music definitely had more of a modern rock feel, but had lyrics and vocals that were more classic rock styled. It meshed very well together, and the original songs they had were hands above many of their counterparts who have been together five times longer. I look forward to more from these guys.
Next up was another regional band called Black Market Tragedy. This band is going somewhere very soon, very fast, I think. The vocalist, Vali Reinhardt, one bar to the next, can be either sweet or vicious. Through their set a variety of alternative-rock to near nu-metal styled songs were sung along with by the crowd, who have come to know them through all of their local performances. The final song for them was "Sick", a dark and fierce song that, true to promise, had a style not unlike Otep but definitely all their own. They are currently working on a CD in Houston.
First Decree is an up and coming band formed in 2011 in Cheyenne, WY. The self described, "three brothers and a brotha' ", are going to have their hands full when the masses become aware of what they are capable of. Dane DeMar, Falco on bass and backing vocals, and Zach E. Lee on drums make up the rhythm section. With Maurice on vocals, they have a very versatile sound. Smooth, yet powerful vocals. The energy and emotion can be seen from every member in the band. The drums were on point, the guitar playing was always complimenting the feeling coming through on the vocals, and the bass kept thumping along while also lending sweet backing vocals. Truly awesome set from these guys.
There is a reason that Seasons After were brought along on this tour. Where I feel everyone should have been out in front of the stage for the other bands as well, it didn't truly happen until they made it to the stage. They slammed through tracks off of both their full-length releases, including their cover of "Cry Little Sister" and newer tracks "Lights Out" and "So Long Goodbye". A very dark stage setting as far as the lights go, with copious amounts of fog filling the place and some good drinks from Scout Bar made this set just one step closer to Rocker's Heaven.
As crazy as the place got when Seasons After was on, there was a completely different level of intensity as Flaw made their way to the stage. The place immediately erupted as they started to play. This is not in order but they worked their way through "Whole", "Medicate", "My Letter", and "Get Up Again". In the middle of the show they took the time to honor a local veteran of the military who had suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) while overseas. They brought him up on stage, introduced him to the crowd, and then announced they would be playing an acoustic version of "Only the Strong" in honor of those that had/have/or were currently serving in the military. After the last song was played they did as the crowd demanded, granting an encore performance. This time it was the album version of "Only the Strong", and the place went absolutely nuts. Seeing Daunt go in and out of his trances while playing and jumping all over the stage was unreal, as were the vocals from Volz. The whole band was amazing. They played "Bleed Red", which has been in play on SiriusXM Radio for a couple of months, and after finally hearing that song I can't wait to hear what they have in store for us on their upcoming album.
Very solid performances from everybody. If you are in the Texas area make sure to check out Tame Fury and Black Market Tragedy and whoever they may be performing with, you won't regret it. Also no regrets will be found while attending any concert including First Decree, Seasons After, or Flaw. Really cannot say enough about how much I am anticipating new material from all of these bands. I'll give this show a solid 10/10 \m/'s to the sky. Check http://www.flawband.com/tours for more information on remaining tour dates. Don't forget to check all these bands out on Twitter, Facebook, etc., and follow for more news.
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