Mad at Gravity : Show Review :
by Dave Dalka
|Photo courtesy of madatgravity.artistdirect.com
I saw Mad at Gravity on Halloween,
some rather odd and ghostly things not under their control occurred that night.
So this won't be a normal, proper, performance review that will have to wait
until next time I see them.
The basic issue was the lack of
a proper sound check time from the Jerry Cantrell tour, which did not allow
them a standard, pre-show sound check. This was rather unfortunate, as something
as basic as Anthony "Bosco" Boscarini's guitar rig not functioning
would have been caught and fixed before their set started. Instead what transpired
was something reminiscent of the old days of my youth where technical problems
at a show were a common occurrence. Guitar techs were scrambling to fix the
rig throughout the entire set in the middle of the stage. It's been ages since
I witnessed something like this at a show.
Oddly, this did give the rest
of the group a chance to impress me. Most two guitar bands would have stopped
playing altogether until the problem was fixed given the situation and I totally
would have understood if they had. But they didn't. Guitarist James Lee Barlow
and bass player Ben Froehlich played an uncomfortable looking game of kludge
the guitar and bass parts to compensate for Bosco's ghost. They did this quite
admirably, especially during In Vain. While someone like me who has listened
to their ArtistDirect release "Resonance" numerous times could perceive
a major difference, they indeed sold more copies of their CD that night than
they had at any other tour stop on this night so apparently it did not make
a major noticeable difference to many in the crowd.
At Gravity Setlist
||Find the Words
||Time and Time Again
||Run for Cover
Since it was Halloween, Jake Fowler
showered the crowd with candy, in fact the crowd yelled at for more. Instead,
Jake showered them with his intense drum beats. While his hair flowed back
in the breeze with a well-placed stage fan, he played his complex, multiple
time signature beats. Jake is an enigma among today's increasingly similar,
predictable and non-value adding drummers that so many bands have. This is
both a blessing and a curse to the band as today's some of the music is rather
complex in terms of time signatures and hard to categorize for today's all
too simplistic, mass-produced, cookie-cutter radio formats.
Vocalist J. Lynn Johnston
wore a ghost sheet on the first song and until the first chorus of the
second song, which was Historypeats. I was very humored by this because
that chorus talks about sheets and the irony was not lost on this crowd
member. Still, he needs to work on his stage presence and crowd interaction
as it comes across rather weak.
Now on to that interesting topic
of Historypeats, this song should definately be an album single. It is the
best song on the album by a mile. It is the song that got people interested
in them when the sampler was released. It's catchy, unique, got lots of meaning
and has complex guitar and drum parts. The band has stated it's their favorite
song to play live because of the energy it give them and the crowd. I've heard
the argument that Historypeats should not be released as a single because
it has a time signature that makes some radio people uncomfortable. I can't
think of a better reason for it to be a single and in fact is a great argument
of how this song would stand out in the crowd on alternative and active rock
formats, if promoted fully and properly by Mad at Gravity's street team. If
you don't believe me, read the words of the biggest fans of Mad at Gravity
on the message board:
Nickvree: …..all have huge
radio potential...also I think Historypeats does too, just cause it's so different
than anything else that's out there, with the weird time signature and stuff...
RLSE9: But I think there are at least 2 more songs on the album that have
huge potential as singles. The first of them being Historypeats. I know the
song has something other than the standard 4/4 time sig. and that no one in
the recent past has been able to break through with anything other than that,
but I think Historypeats has the sound of a song that could be huge.
Nemesis2040: Historypeats is an obvious choice because it is such a catchy
and overall awesome song, and despite the different time signature, it seems
like it would be a very radio friendly song.
Browngirl: I also see what everyone is saying about Historypeats being a good
catchy tune for the radio b/c when Kelly played it for her lit project, several
people started humming the tune afterwards.
gagirl7: I agree w/ everyone else that In Vain or Historypeats would be good
Pureparadyze: Historypeats is my #1 choice I have put alot of thought into
it and I think that is a song that is definitely a radio song and all my friends
agree and all the people I have introduced to MaG.....
HigherOne: listening to the album this morning, i remembered back to may when
i got the 2 song sampler - just walk away and historypeats and i recalled
how it was really historypeats that kept me listening. walk away was a decent
song, but at the time, i found myself singing along quicker to historypeats
and having that song stay with me throughout the day etc... so i think that
would make a great single.
JimlivesinMN: Anyway, I think Historypeats would make it big on the radio.
It just has that pizzaz that would have alot of potential.
BordersInsanity: I listened to the album all day today and I would have to
say that Historypeats. Something about it is just catchy.
dramastar96: I definitely think that "Historypeats" should be the
new single. It gets everybody pumped up and all my friends and i agree its
the best song on the CD.
JamesButabi: For your next single you have to put out Historypeats. The most
orignal, upbeat, catchy song. Everyone I consult who has not heard the band
Stellaranne: Historepeats..i am in love with that song and the band.
Read JDM: Historypeats. By far my favorite song on the album.
Historypeats: HISTORYPEATS IS THE ONLY SONG THAT EVER HAS A PRAYER OF GETTING
THE ALTERNATIVE AIRPLAY THAT MAD AT GRAVITY DESPERATELY NEEDS.
Incuchick: I think "Historypeats" should be the next single. It
was the first Mad at Gravity song I heard which made me want to hear more.
Also, it stays in my head for a long time after I listen to it.
Jlynnraeds: Historypeats is a great song and I think it would make a great
single. I'm going for that one to be the next single!!!
4ever27: Historypeats - the lyrics are just AMAZING, and it's got the radio-hit
sound. One of the best lines EVER - "foresight's only as far as you can
peer into the past - BRILLIANT!
So many bands have never made
it simply because of weak single selection instead of the song that could
break though and be a mega-hit. If they don't release Historypeats as a single,
like the lyrics to Historypeats say "when the past comes calling, will
it seem appalling now?" Yes indeed, this could be "furtively frustrating"
to fans and the band alike. Take advice from the song itself and apply it
to radio singles let it sway your actions "memory fades, from black to
grey shades, born to be broken. Will you remember this?" Don't make the
same mistake, don't let Historypeat…
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