▣Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA ▣Wednesday, January 30th 2019
Hola amigos! I got a chance to finally hit up the Paradise in Boston last week and I’m impressed. The security was tight (let’s be honest, people be crazy), the staff was friendly, and the stage/ sound was on point for a smaller venue, which as many of us know is not generally the case. We’ll be back there in April for our friends in Cradle of Filth and I’m amped for the pictures to come. Check out these and you’ll see why!So I got to the show on time but missed a majority of the first opener waiting for my ticket and photo pass. It happens but it’s unfortunate for the openers. I didn’t even catch their name!
Once finally inside, Savage after Midnight ripped up the stage. Five dudes from Memphis, they got my attention because of their DJ. Admittedly, I didn’t really hear any of the electronics in the mix, but they sounded tight anyway. An Alanis cover rounded out their set and I would recommend you check them out. You can hear them on Sirius XM Octane and find their EP, 11:59, on all music platforms March 8th, 2019!
Next up was Don Jamieson, who is a comedian. This article also has lots of hard truths so here goes. He was a co host of That Metal Show on VH1, but I haven’t watched VH1 since pop up video, so I had no idea who the guy was. That being said, he was hilarious. A comedian opening for a band was a new experience for me, but I liked it. Much like Avatar who had a traveling freak show open for them, breaking up the monotony is a welcome gesture. A joke about Lemmy’s mole which turned into a genital herpes joke about Courtney Love had the crowd dying. He ended on a good note about his hilarious interaction with Kiefer Sutherland at a party. Dude’s funny, check him out!
Pop Evil. These guys have been around since 2001 when a couple local bands melded into this one, as a lot of great bands have. Leigh, the vocalist, and Davey, guitar, are the only remaining original members in the current lineup. Rounding out the lineup is Matt DiRito on bass, Nick Fuelling on guitar, and Hayley Cramer on drums. My final hard truth is that the name Pop Evil has popped around my life for some time, but I never really listened to them. No real reason other than the fact there are millions of bands to listen to and only so much time in a day. Fast forward to February of last year and enter their self-titled release. I can’t stop listening to it. Songs from it are laced throughout all of my playlists. It’s a damn masterpiece. Heavy riffs and rhythmic beats you’d find on metal tracks are mixed with Leigh’s pop vocals and it works man, it works. Their live show is just as energetic as the album and it was a fun watch. Great lighting, great equipment, and great stage presence had the 18-song set go by with a flash, as most great things do. If you’re sleeping on the new record or the band, do yourself a favor and jam it. Pop Evil can be found on all of your favorite music services.
As always, thanks for reading my rants and hopefully you dig the pics and are listening to some new great tunes! Peace and blessings.
Review & Photos: Anthony Coy
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SAVAGE AFTER MIDNIGHT