Man The Trebuchet were Gods among mortals at Phil’s Radiator, on Sept. 28. They were the opening acts alongside Into Awakening, Creep Status, The Beast of Milwaukee, Sonic Vomit and Bridges. Force
The Trigger was the main support and Commerce of Cadavers was the headlining act.
Joe Johnson and Adam Gallo are the guitarists, Brennan Hill is the drummer, Clint Stewart is the vocalist and Donovan Perez-Keister is the bassist of Man The Trebuchet’s set.
Stewart spoke over the instrumental—as the rest of Man The Trebuchet began the show with an introduction of “Follow The Smoke Dragon”, Stewart shouted the name of the band. He walked over to Hill’s platform and rested his right leg on it, before approaching front and center stage.
Prior to “Armageddon”, Stewart thanked the audience and wished Commerce of Cadavers’ Daniel Salazar and Force The Trigger’s Jon Leverington a happy birthday. Stewart thanked the venue and said it was the only place in town where they were allowed to play. As Johnson played his guitar, his hat fell off and onto his guitar pedal. Then—Stewart jumped off Hill’s platform, landed on his feet and sang. He picked up a toy sword, from the back of the stage. He raised it over his head and shouted out the lyrics.
After Stewart shifted his head from side-to-side, he said he was excited to be a part of the celebration and to see a lot of music being performed. Hill and Perez-Keister accompanied each other, as Gallo tilted his guitar to manipulate the sound to begin “Oracle”.
Johnson began “Goddess of the Pyre” by playing just the handle of his guitar, as he kicked off Man The Trebuchet’s song with an instrumental. Stewart stood behind him momentarily, turned around with his face completely covered. As he sang—he sprayed silly string, as he maintained the can above his head. After the song came to a conclusion—he removed his mask and hood and thanked the sound technician, Michael Sword, for running the sound for all of the bands on the bill.
“Ogres Upon Mammoth’s Backs” was the last song of Man The Trebuchet’s concert. Stewart said the metal festival inspired him to do the same for his upcoming birthday. As they continued to play, Stewart brought out another can of silly string and sprayed the crowd with it. Then, he brought the toy sword out again.