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Finch / From Autumn To Ashes / Steel Train / Salem

Finch/From Autumn To Ashes/Steel Train/Salem: live in Atlantalive in Atlanta (2003)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: thefirstfivethefirstfive
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This is one of those shows where I was torn on whether or not to go because I love the bands but fucking hate Drive-Thru records kids. They crowd surf (which is great fun unless the kids crowd surfing are kicking while they are in the air and hit you in the face) and they're all fucking fifteen y.


This is one of those shows where I was torn on whether or not to go because I love the bands but fucking hate Drive-Thru records kids. They crowd surf (which is great fun unless the kids crowd surfing are kicking while they are in the air and hit you in the face) and they're all fucking fifteen year olds who think they are the most indie kid in the world because they liked NFG before they played on TRL. In the end, the promise of a road trip with my friends and seeing FATA and Finch won out.

Before we all got in the car to leave I was given a camera and paper doll from my mother (I'm in college, but hey its cheaper to live with my parents) She explained that it was Flat Stanley, a character in a children's story who goes on trips. It's a great racket for the writer who has little kids (in this case my six year old cousin) send Stan to people to have his photo taken at neat places. So we grabbed the doll and camera got on our way.

The trip up was uneventful except for me paying for $12.20 in gas with nothing but a bag of dimes and nickels. That was fun! Anyway we got to the show; getting in our ticket lines and will call lines respectively, and moved in with no problems. The show was in Atlanta at the Cotton Club, which is one of my favorite concert halls to see shows. There are two levels, a balcony and a floor so you can always see the band. Once inside we looked over the merch tables and saw some shirts for a band I had never heard of, Salem. I asked their merch guy about them and found out it was the new band of the guitarist from "As Friends Rust," who were really really good. So I was fucking stroked to see Salem. When they came out I was expecting a lot. When they started I had to wonder if I had just watched Thursday cover band. Granted this incarnation of Thursday had a singer who tried to rap at certain points of the songs, but it was all there. The band all looked like they were on autopilot except for the guitarist and drummer who I think are the only holdovers from AFR. Anyway kids maybe these guys will get better but as for right now I have to say I was extremely disappointed. On a side note the fifteen year olds thought Salem was bomb.

After Salem finished Steel Train came up. If you ever thought that Rancid and the fat guitarist from Good Charlotte being friends was a fucked up pairing, then Steel Train and FATA and Finch would blow your mind. Whoever told Drive-Thru records that putting a band that sounds like Jeff Buckley doing Phish covers on a tour like this was a good idea needs to be fired. They came on stage and it got ugly. Kids started throwing shit, booing, talking loudly, and being generally rude. (Their parents wouldn't have approved.) To there credit the lead singer, who looked like he was fifteen, put up with it all and even after being nailed in the head with a pack of cigarettes kept on singing. All in all they deserved better and they deserve to be on a label that knows what audience they should be played to.

Finally came the time I was waiting for, From Autumn to Ashes. To my shock the kids at the show really got into FATA. They ripped through there set playing all my favorites like Take her to the music store, Eulogy for an Angel, and Mercury Rising. They even snuck in a new song and the Cherry Kiss track all the kids are into. From their opening cords the crowd was thrown into frenzy. Little mosh pits bloomed all over the place and I noticed there were two pits. A girls pit and a boy's pit. And let me tell you, every boy that tried to get into the girls pit got the shit kicked out of them and quickly went back to there own little circle to lick their wounds. It warmed my heart.

By this point my girlfriend my friend and I had made our way to the front of the stage. The barrier was up and as finch took the stage we could feel every inch of the people in front of us as they were pressed into the steel. Finch came out to lots of distortion supplied by their guitarist and ripped into New Beginnings. I have to admit Finch is my guilty pleasure. They are the perfect band to listen to when you've had a shitty day and want to scream in the car AND understand the lyrics. (ex. see glassjaw, and yes I know that Finch and Glassjaw are pals and Daryl is on the Finch cd.) Speaking of which it was nice to see Finch play Gray Matter and Project Mayhem, the songs that Darrel is on from the CD. Nate did a great job making up for the absence of GJ's singer. There set was amazing, with lots of energy from everyone on stage. Stand out songs were Gray Matter, Project Mayhem, Three Simple Words, New Kid, and the closer What it is to Burn. My only complaints were the fact that there whole set was maybe 50min long, the stupid fucking crowd surfers, and the fact that Nate couldn't keep his fucking pants up. I know the sagging skater pants are the hot style these days, but at least keep your damn boxers up. I must have seen his milky white ass seventeen times during their set. Other than that they were amazing.

After the show I picked up a FATA shirt and headed outside. I met FATA, who seemed to remember me from when I met them when they were on tour with suicide machines. They were really friendly and took a photo with Flat Stanley my friends and I. Their lead singer is one of the nicest members of any band I've ever met and the rest of the band was just as happy to meet with fans. It's nice to see a band that still cares about the kids. A final show wrap up:
Salem: **
Steel Train: ***
FATA:******
Finch:****
If FATA or Finch comes anywhere near you go see them. Finch will be blowing the Used off the stage every night for the next few weeks.

 

 
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Foaming_97 (August 11, 2005)

i'll be seeing finch in a week or two with a static lulabye and rx bandits... as long as i get punched in the nose once during the show i'll have funb and thats all i hope for, an active crowd

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

soy el que dice que from autumn to ashes es el mejor grupo y todabia lo sostengo solo que les dejo mi mail para que me manden correos para quejarse o apollarme es strokes_123@hotamil.com . y lo de strokes es solo por que me gusta ese nombre heeeeeee

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

pues la verdad fata es un banda asquerosa la verdaddera banda y la mejor es from autumn to ashes.Solo digo la verdad y a todos lo ignorantes que no saben de musica se los recomiendo la veradad es el mejor grupo

Anonymous (November 17, 2003)

the last comment:
finch will be blowing the used off the stage for the next few weeks?
i doubt it.
finch are pawns.they are not rockstars by anymeans. there is no such thing. finch decides to write a song and release a video for it and think they are on top of the world. fuck them. they are assholes and are developing a seniority complex about them. fuck that. fuck finch. fuck drivethru. and fuck you very much.

Anonymous (July 19, 2003)

wasnt at the show or even within 1000 miles of it but i enjoy finch fata are the hometown band and they always rock never seen salem but siriously what the fuck is steel train trying to pull they suck hard

IlikeSKA (February 10, 2003)

who thought it was a good idea to sign steel train? that was one of the worst bands i have ever seen live. actually, who in that band thinks its a good idea for them to make music....so much nonsense these days...

CaptainCrunch (February 8, 2003)

Actually I think it was Patrick Ewing and Andruw Jones.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

"So I was fucking stroked to see Salem."

Hahahahahaha. Stroked.

Uh, but seriously, I wouldn't of payed 1$ to see those bands. Well, maybe Steel Train, unless of course they're on Drive-Thru. My rule of thumb is to immediately hate any band signed to DT.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

Wuss, I give you a score of one. If it were within my power, you wouldn't even make tha' chart. Drive-thru blows nuts. Every band on their ever-lovin' label sucks ass. They're a bunch of choir boys compared to FATA. Don't get me wrong, I'm not an FATA advocate, but I've seen them live, and they would stomp all those pansies in a heartbeat.

-evilheartedyou

TheOneTrueBill (February 8, 2003)

i fucking hate drive thru.

that's all

TheBouncingSoul (February 7, 2003)

"How on earth is that sweet? That means you have to sit through the shitfest that is the Used.

Boo."

because, scott....by the time finch goes on, all the meathead used fans will have left...hopefully...leaving just the finch fans

Anonymous (February 6, 2003)

"This is one of those shows where I was torn on whether or not to go because I love the bands but fucking hate Drive-Thru records kids. They crowd surf (which is great fun unless the kids crowd surfing are kicking while they are in the air and hit you in the face) and theyâ??re all fucking fifteen year olds who think they are the most indie kid in the world because they liked NFG before they played on TRL. In the end, the promise of a road trip with my friends and seeing FATA and Finch won out.

Before we all got in the car to leave I was given a camera and paper doll from my mother (Iâ??m in college, but hey its cheaper to live with my parents) She explained that it was Flat Stanley, a character in a childrenâ??s story who goes on trips. Itâ??s a great racket for the writer who has little kids (in this case my six year old cousin) send Stan to people to have his photo taken at neat places. So we grabbed the doll and camera got on our way.

The trip up was uneventful except for me paying for $12.20 in gas with nothing but a bag of dimes and nickels. That was fun!"

Who... Fucking... Cares? You read like a teenage schoolgirl!

newjackshit (February 6, 2003)

i think that last post pretty much ends all conversation...it most definalty sums up everything that was being talked about. very nice.

Anonymous (February 5, 2003)

Wasn't Dikembe Mutumbo getting his cock sucked at the Cotton Club in Atlanta?

"Bitch no spit in house of Mutumbo!"

newjackshit (February 5, 2003)

apparently we are the polar opposite of one another.

Anonymous (February 5, 2003)

We don't agree on much, do we? AFR and god awful do not fit in the same sentence.

-sickboi

newjackshit (February 5, 2003)

"Whoever told Drive-Thru records that putting a band that sounds like Jeff Buckley doing Phish covers on a tour like this was a good idea needs to be fired."

beautifully put.

newjackshit (February 5, 2003)

and yes, salem is as friends rust. doesn't really matter, that band is god awful anyway.

newjackshit (February 5, 2003)

please stop using the # for cuss words. we are all mature enough to read "shit" and "fuck" you potty mouth.

dignin (February 5, 2003)

"excuse me you hypocritical #######, but what makes my music ###### and yours good?" its probably because you listen to pop punk clones.

Anonymous (February 5, 2003)

hmmmmmm. i wasnt harrassing the steel train crowd, and i didnt even say they were bad. but, hehehe- if they have to make an excuse fot their music and tell everyone to be open-minded thats usually not a good sign.
but yes, to clear things up on my end, they were still good brave men.

TJmoney (February 5, 2003)

yeah I wouldn't be surprised if Steel Train blew up and got real famous. At the Orlando show they kept saying: "this is for open minded people looking to discover new music." I give em respect but they were just out of place but touring on this tour took some balls cuz I'm pretty sure they knew they wouldn't win the crowd over. Something like that...

Anonymous (February 5, 2003)

You all are a bunch of f**cking morons. If you would, for just one minute, appreciate another type of music than pop punk, you would realize how amazing steel train is. Granted, I do agree that they should not be playing for the finch crowd. In fact, their music will be around long after you realize that finch is just another pop punk bank with not much else to offer.

Anonymous (February 5, 2003)

this is the girl of thefirstfive, and since he checks this site every time i turn around or when im not trying to get him to make out with me, i know he'll see this. just wanted to poke some fun....
from autumn to ashes was wonderfullll. they're one of my fave bands lyrically and musically.
i got the vibe that salem should have come with cheerleaders and a keg, though if they had started their set with the last song they played(sorry i couldnt tell you the title) i might have been lured in from the start and not so timid about letting people know i was enjoying myself. the song was really energetic and a little harder then the rest of the stuff they were pumping out. have you ever noticed that the worst bands get the longest reviews? and poor steal train(steel train? possible spelling error) was just at the wrong venue. like thefirstfive said, if they were playing in a coffeehouse or something i'd probably be interested. cute, nice, but not really feeling them.
see you.
-pixie
::::::::FATA STILL RULES:::::::::::

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

I'm gonna have to go with Wuss, FATA aren't so great. This score, however, is for HOTLANTA.

-sickboi

thefirstfive (February 4, 2003)

I poke fun at Wuss, but at least he trys to be open about most music. And isn't being open to new things what punk is about? That said I still think Alister sucks.

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

fata is amazing, i still have yet to see them. and isn't salem just as friends rust with a new name? that's what i was told...

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

I was going to go to this show but i was sick so i couldn't make it. the cotton club is an ok venue. the old cotton club was MUCH better though. i miss that place. it's sadly a parking lot now.

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

man, i wish fata was playing here, and not the used. the used can suck my fucking dick. i hope he chokes on his goddam puke.

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

This is my first post... but WussEmoRocker... to look at your name and wonder why everybody makes fun of you is utterly foolish.

WussEmoRock (February 4, 2003)

excuse me you hypocritical asshole, but what makes my music shitty and yours good?

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

Hey Wuss, Why don't you go pull off about A Simple Plan and stop wasting everyone's time trying to impart your impossibly shitty taste in music on us. Ah, yes, I almost forgot, Burn in hell.

thefirstfive (February 4, 2003)

Hey WussEmo. You really like Alister remember. Didn't that take away your "this band sucks" rights?
-TheFirstFive

WussEmoRock (February 4, 2003)

Finch are great, and I like every band on Drive-Thru (as everyone knows), but Steel Train are just utterly boring and in some songs terrible. I saw them, or the 2 guys, play at warped on the drive-thru stage, and I thought it was a joke. Anyway, decent tour, FATA suck though.

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

no offense kid, but i dont think anyone really cares about the paper doll your mom gave you. otherwise not too bad... coulda talked a little more about the opening bands..

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

Finch rocks. Really, really good band.

TJmoney (February 4, 2003)

I went to this show in Orlando...I even had a review written on here then something "invalid" happened and it got erased and I didn't feel like typing it over. Maybe I'll write it sometime. Finch rocks no matter what label they're on. From Autumn to Ashes did better this time around... they stunk it up when I saw them with the Suicide Machines, their set sounded like 2 long songs instead of 1 really long song. Steel Train's brand of easy listening coffee house music didn't belong, and Salem was decent. Yep...

Anonymous (February 4, 2003)

why in the world do people like FATA? it baffles me. they are utter shit. they can't sing and can't write SONGS. its the most derivitive, cliche, and trite stuff out there.

yuck.

maverick (February 4, 2003)

How on earth is that sweet? That means you have to sit through the shitfest that is the Used.

Boo.

-Scott

TheBouncingSoul (February 4, 2003)

finch is great, regardless of what label they're on

i wish their album was a bit less produced though....i cant wait to see them with the used in a couple weeks...to my shock and amazement, finch will be playing AFTER the used, so thats going to be sweet

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