Some bands when they’re experimental try to emulate other bands. Some bands when they’re flamboyant lack the musical substance to match their flare. This isn’t the case with Scott Yoder.
The psychedelic and experimental nature of Scott Yoder’s music will enchant the audience and lure them into another world of rockstars depicted with distortions and and atonal vocals matched with the pitfalls that come with that world, marked with break downs that were syncopated or polyrhythmic. While sometimes the lyrical content was a bit lacking I think that’s only a problem on my part. Otherwise when the mics for backup vocals were up (more on that in a moment) the blend was amazing and added much more depth to the music. There was a lot of thought put into both the music and the performance.
There was equal thought placed in the stage effects as there was with the music. At times, though, I felt it was too much for such a small stage. Even though the fog was a bit overpowering at times (but at least it smelled a bit like cotton candy and not the usual dust smell) it complimented the psychedelic elements of the music quite well. The strobe light effect also added to the performance, I personally don’t care for them. That said I won’t count it against them, just as I’m not counting the issue with the back up vocal mic. It doesn’t seem the sound engineer wanted to pay attention to back up vocals in anyone’s set and this is no exception. The audience ended up liking it anyway. It took a while for the audience to warm up, but with the help of some of the people involved with the band that happened. It probably would have happened eventually but it helped give the extra push.
With an influx in the revival of experimental and psychedelia Scott Yoder is a shoe in to rise to the demand. It will be interesting to see musically where this artist goes and grows .
Next up on the showcase is Orphans of Doom. As some of my secret fans will recall I reviewed their latest album a few months back. Seeing them live wasn’t too much of a difference musically and there are some variants performance-wise, but that’s about it.
I suspected Orphans of Doom was opening as some of the music sounded familiar, so I do need to rescind some of my earlier comments about their music being indistinguishable from other stoner metal songs in the genre. However it seemed like some of the songs they played live were songs I mentioned as being their standout songs, so that’s why I only partially rescind. That said there’s not much I can add that I haven’t already said about the band’s music before. Those who are into stoner metal will enjoy their music as they are mostly standard with some songs where they explore slow tempos and prog elements to create a stoner-prog fusion. To this end, however, it’s explored in a separate way.
Orphans of Doom love to put on a light show, and in this case there were strobe lights at the most intense parts of the songs (thank you, Granada, for posting warnings). It certainly intensified and added to the extra energy and tenacity that wasn’t captured on the album. While I wasn’t able to observe how the audience reacted specifically to the light show there were people enjoying it, and as the set went on the audience’s adoration grew, albeit not as intense as it could have been. I can only assume it was effective even in a small amount.
Orphans of Doom bring an intensity that wasn’t observed in the album. Other people enjoyed it as the band allowed it to be extreme tempered with slow tempos. I feel like if the band didn’t try to hide their intensity they will give a more genuine performance onstage and on the album.
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Wow, I really got walloped by the showcase put on by The Company! I have some thoughts on it as a whole, but that will come after I put up all the reviews. Since I’ve got seven of them it’s gonna be a minute.
First up was the band Stone Grower. My amateur behind managed to be late, so I’m giving them some leeway. Despite my tardiness I am able to glean something from the band.
Stone Grower offered up a mix of psychedelic music and dynamic tempos. At times with the dynamic tempo and long drawn-out notes with some atonal singing were reminiscent of Iron Butterfly or Jefferson Airplane. There are lots of stoner metal elements too, but it mostly complimented the psychedelic themes in the music. This was further complimented by a mostly on key falsetto, though I’m not convinced that when the lead was off key if that was accidental. It was at least a throwback to earlier eras of psychedelic music.
If the music didn’t charm people the lead singer’s goofy antics certainly did. His enthusiasm is a welcome change with psychedelic music brought something with its off kilter antics that was at times enjoyable and at times made me question the lead singer’s sobriety. This was further questioned when it seemed like most of the time it was only the lead singer that enthusiastic and the others were either concentrating or seemingly elsewhere. I’m not certain the stage performance hindered it, based on how the audience responded.
Stone Grower took a minute to grow on the audience, but it did happen. Oddly enough it doesn’t seem to be releated to enthusiasm. It actually seems like the more about the music line up than anything else. There were a few more songs closer to the end of the set that seemed less psychedelic inspired than the rest, which seemed to work in their favor.
I think people who are in to psychedelic and stoner music will find Stoner Grower fun to watch and enjoy the music. They provide some entertaining stunts on stage for those not into that type of music so they can enjoy it too. With that said here’s the rating: