As the lights dim, excitement and anticipation feel as though they are becoming an independent entity – taking over the crowd and myself. The music starts, “Love Bites (and So Do I)” is the first song. You can feel the music; the bass provides the medium to the music a palpable feel to the body. Lzzy’s singing is clear and her voice sounds almost the same as the album in my CD player. There is nothing worse than learning the studio work improved the voice and listening to a live performance that is nothing like the music you feel in love with. The music can be felt and heard – with the visualizations of the bands and the lights it gains a life of its own.
“Mz. Hyde” was next, one after another songs came – “I Miss the Misery”, “Freak Like Me” – loud with the bass resonating, it is full sensory experience. “Rock Show,” “It’s Not You,” and “I Get Off” – “I Get Off” being the first Halestorm I ever heard. I do not know the older music as well as the new album. However, it sounded awesome. With the coming and going of bands, I have found I do not give much thought to one hit. I made a huge mistake here. After listening to a few of the songs on “Strange Case Of…,” I realized I had underestimated the band and their music. “Here’s To Us,” the moment the intro began I knew it was the last song. While the perfect ending to the set, my moment was over too soon.
Staind was next and while I am not a fan their sound was good. There is nothing bad about them; I have just never gotten into the music. In terms of the performance, music and lyrics were loud but neither was overbearing. Godsmack was the final act. I like the music, as the last act I certainly expected more than was given. Somehow, we made through three songs before we got up and left. “Awake” was the first song. Bass overpowered everything and the lyrics were mostly inaudible. What was audible sounded horrid, ear piercing squealing from it all being entirely too loud. Giving benefit of the doubt, certainly minor adjustments could be made to balance out the sound – improvement was possible. “Straight Out of Line” was next and it had the same sound and was followed by “The Enemy.” The goal seemed to be to play as loud as possible with no regard for the overall sound quality. Three songs, that was all that we could endure, from a band that I like, and we got up to leave. We were not the only ones who were departing the venue. The question that raced through my mind as we left was – why? Why did the sound change so much from the crisp, clean loud of Brookroyal to the distorted, overwhelming loud of Godsmack?
Success and fame is my answer, my interpretation of the performances. Brookroyal does not have the flash – they are just starting out, have a good sound, and the desperate need to get their name out there and gain a following. They cannot risk too much, they need the music to get stuck in your head, for you to share what you have heard – just to survive. Halestorm, though farther ahead, still has to work to prove they are here to stay. They need their fan base to stay and grow; the need intensified by being a female fronted band in a male dominated industry.