This has been a light week for me show-wise but pretty insane as far as my personal life goes. I won’t get into details of what all has been going on but, I assure you, it’s all good things– actually, amazing things. Long story short, even though I didn’t have many shows this week, it was a good week but I knew I was due for the feeling of live music pumping through my veins (whether I wanted to be at a show or not) and, thankfully, I got that on Saturday night.
I’ll be honest– my head wasn’t in the show as I made my way to the Skyway Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. I just wasn’t feeling it but, again, I knew that my mental health needed a show even though things are going so well. I settled into a good spot and waited for the show to start. All I knew about the show was the headliner and I honestly hadn’t thought of this particular headliner in over ten years so I was trying to be cautiously optimistic about what the show may be like while trying not to let the fact that I had somewhere else my heart wanted to be get in the way. Thankfully, Bangkok bred Defying Decay was the first band to take the stage and, well…
I don’t even know where to begin with this band. The second they took the stage, my jaw hit the ground. This seven-piece acted more like a headliner of a giant arena tour than the opener of a more mid-size venue tour. Even though the members of this band look like straight-up children, they brought a sense of professionalism to the stage along with their flawless sound to the speakers. While standing there and watching them on Saturday night, I had so much to say but I fear that as I sit to write this on Sunday morning, I find myself completely at a loss of words. I just can not put this band’s energy into words or the way they changed my entire outlook on the show within just the first few notes of their all-too-quick thirty-minute set. The stage was super crowded what with this being a five-band line-up yet Defying Decay used every open space of stage that they could find including climbing on top of the speaker stacks on either side of the stage. It was this constant energy and powerful sound that really got the crowd going to the point where there was a respectable pit going by the end of their set. The band thanked the audience up and down telling us that it was the first time they got a mosh pit without having to ask for it but, honestly, I find that hard to believe. I didn’t know who Defying Decay was or where they came from prior to their set on Saturday but this band absolutely has my attention and I expect them to be headlining an epic tour the next time they come through. Although starting the night off with such a powerful and epic performance was a great way to get the night started, the other bands had a high bar to reach and I, unfortunately, don’t feel like any of them met that bar. That being said, the rest were all great in their own way.
Although this band seems to have done a complete one-eighty stylistically, one thing that hasn’t changed is their undeniable stage presence and the connection they have with their fans. As I watched them power through their seventeen-song set, I realized that this is why I was meant to be at this show on Saturday night even though my head was not all there. That sense of family that you get from shows and that energy and power that radiates from stages and speakers– there’s just no replacement for those things.
Overall the show on Saturday was solid but the way Defying Decay got the night started made it tough for anyone else to keep up. I want to stress– everyone that graced the stage at The Lyric Room at The Skyway Theatre was great and so full of heart and passion.