Between The Buried and Me Treks to Tennessee to Support "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues"
Band Photo: Job For A Cowboy (?)
"The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek" tour tore its way through North America and part of Canada over the course of a month, moving counter-clockwise from New York and ends up in Asheville, North Carolina tonight. As the name shows, Between The Buried and Me was supporting their new album, "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues," and they brought a solid lineup to Nashville with them – Job For A Cowboy and The Ocean. On their stop through Rocketown on Friday, May 13th, the bands played to a familiar crowd. Three years earlier, Between The Buried and Me had recorded their show here at Rocketown and released it as a live CD/DVD package – "Colors Live."
As the line snaked around the large venue, funneling in for about an hour, you could overhear discussions about the rarity of bands like Between the Buried and Me, Opeth, and others who "could do whatever they wanted, and I’d always love ‘em."
Tonight, the crowd was fairly young – teenagers, twenty-somethings, and a handful of older metalheads. Once inside, Germany’s "The Ocean" were the first band up. The Ocean combined their live set with backing visuals on a huge screen to give the crowd a full show experience. Very receptive, the crowd was grabbing at the lead singer as he would come up to the edge of the stage. Several times, the bassist jumped onto the crowd while playing and surfed. The music matched the visuals and the band navigated winding musical passages for at least half an hour.
Just before The Ocean took stage, I had jumped out back to catch up with BTBAM’s drummer, Blake Richardson for an interview on the BTBAM tour bus, the full text of which can be read here. Job For A Cowboy took the stage after a funny set change where the venue played background music such as Whitney Houston’s "I Will Always Love You" and Journey’s "Don’t Stop Believing," which had everyone jokingly singing along.
JFAC played a killing retrospective set with songs from all of their albums, as well as the new The Gloom EP. All but standing on the stage monitors, JFAC made the crowd feel the energy. "Embedded" was the icing on the cake, getting the audience the most riled up out of the set. After the set, I went outside with vocalist Jonny Davy to get an interview with him, the full text of which can be read here.
Between the Buried and Me really stole the show, as a headliner should. To see two live videos from their April 29th stop in Vancouver, head over here. The entire room was fixated on the band, either watching them wide-eyed or trying to figure out how to move around to the more eccentric parts of BTBAM’s songs. Several times, guitarist Paul Waggoner would come to the front for a grandiose guitar solo, with hands from easily 20-30 people around him reaching up to touch him or the guitar.
Blake Richardson’s drum solo toward the middle of the set involved a few tricky time signatures. The new songs went over pretty well, and by the time the band wrapped up with "Selkies," the crowd was clearly exhausted, as the band didn’t put many stops in their lengthy set. The show ended with the crowd chanting, "B-T-BAM! B-T-BAM!" and Nashville went home happy.
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