There is not enough room to write about the scene at Trees in Deep Ellum last night. The guys at Buckcherry never disappoint and it's a show that brings raw energy right from the beginning with a roller coaster ride of musical twists and turns including a set list of their strong mega hits, the Sorry ballad, the tracks from their new album Confessions and then closing it out for all the drunk crazy bitches in the place. It's difficult to provide a review for the entire show with the full list of bands for the evening. Each band deserves their own time in the article spotlight. Buckcherry has been on a touring marathon since last year and this is part of their Confessions 2013 tour to grow what will prove to be another sensational album in Confessions.
It's difficult to do any kind of show in Dallas on a Sunday night when the Dallas Cowboys are playing, so the diehard fans definitely rocked the place. It seemed as if the grass roots promotional efforts by Messer paid off in bringing out the Messer mayhem of fans which proves the power of social media. Trees as usual is the premier place for live concerts in Deep Ellum and in Dallas. The venue's rich history in showcasing some of rock's world class musical signatories is the reason why this place is still around while the rest of the area has lost some of their luster and struggles to breathe.
The first band Junk is a local DFW area band and I'd provide a better review if I knew anything about them. Lead singer and bassist, Benjamin Bachman has an energy and the heart pounding beats really bring a great first opening act. Problem was the crowd was very thin but the stage was still a great setup for this local band and they just need to work on the stage presence a little and you will see them around more. Second band, Messer, also a local DFW area band was a hardcore surprise at it's best. Lead vocalist Dereak, also the songwriter, has a commanding voice on stage and the plethora of Messer fans coasted along with a few of the tracks. Some tracks they didn't know because a few of the tracks were brand new with no formal titles. So 23 minutes with 6 songs and they still got the crowd going and the last two songs, Simple Man and Whiskey were fan favorites with strong guitar riffs. New album withstanding, they are a must listen.
Girl on Fire
This Seattle band hearkens to an era and an homage to our Seattle grunge rockers. In this new age of technology not much is left to the imagination or the anticipation with music. These 5 young guys know how to put on a show. I did an interview with Austin Held, lead singer and will post that interview later on Examiner.com. They classify themselves as Alternative. Rock and have a strong stage presence. Of course most Messer fans seemed to have collected into the back of Trees as the Cowboys were spanking the Giants, which is a shame. This particular group has such fun lyrics and lead singer, Austin Held sounds like Chester Bennington even as he begins his own vibe. Starting out with their lead track from their new album Not Broken, the song Takedown is definitely a song for every guy that has ever hated their job and dreamed of doing something different. The lyrics speak for themselves and I can see this cranked up on road trips.
“We are not afraid to bleed, awake the strength inside, shadows come to life! Get ready for the takedown!”
Great lyrics and great sound, they blend this so well together and for these guys all in their mid-twenties this song can stand alone. As they made their way through their set list, the third song that has raw lyrics is Losing My Identity as the hook lyric, "Who Am I" puts the crowd into a rhythm. Venture into one of their other songs, Reminds Me of You and it has this Shinedown feel to it that the concertgoers picked up on right away. Girl on Fire has a fantastic stage presence and definitely a band to keep watching out for. Check out Girl on Fire on Facebook.
Not enough can be said about the energy that Josh Todd, Keith Nelson and the guys at Buckcherry can put into a show and into a venue. It's a high octane performance with the kind of sound quality that none of the naysayers can bash. I'm so glad they chose a venue like Trees since Josh is such a phenomenal performer that feeds off the crowd's energy and Buckcherry always changes up the set lists and adds a little extra to each show. A larger venue would be just as great, but you can't read the musicians cues or the fans reactions as well as you can in a venue like Trees. It's like going through a time warp with nostalgic songs that remind you of the Buckcherry days of boozing and partying. The opening song, Lit Up is about Josh's long ago Cocaine addiction. Addiction and dealing with moderation is the message he is trying to convey in many of their songs. I can see how their new album, Confessions, a theme album around the seven deadly sins can be dreamed up. You can't confess your sins, if you don't sin. As I said earlier, 15 songs in last night's show and you meander through their progression of hits like a snake in a grass. It helps a little as Todd starts the show demure but ends the set list with boundless energy. Guitarists Keith Nelson and Stevie Dacanay just have amazing performances that are part of the glue that keeps this show's sound at a level leaving the fans wanting more. Getting through Sorry and then what seemed like a crowd favorite Porno Star, you can see how it sets up the song Gluttony (Confessions album). The crowd really got intensified with the intro to Gluttony. The band decided to play the first verse of AC/DC's "Big Balls." Why not? It's a Sunday and the Cowboys had won by then. The last song, Crazy Bitch which propelled them for a great comeback was the song that left the crowd wanting more. As an encore the band performed Greed and Wrath off of their new album. Phenomenal show as usual. They will be at the Monster Energy Aftershock on September 14 and more touring. Check out their new album Confessions available now. Here's their setlist:
- Lit Up
- Rescue Me
- All Night Long
- Porno Star
- (as an intro the played the first verse of AC/DC's "Big Balls")
- Nothing Left But Tears
- For the Movies
- Crazy Bitch
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