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Thursday / Dillinger Escape Plan: live in Farmingdalelive in Farmingdale (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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There may have been a local opener or two for this show, but I wasn't too sure. All I knew was that three bizarrely disparate bands were playing last, and I was psyched to see them all. But when my cousin and I arrived at what's generally the go-to venue for mid-level alternative/underground tour.
There may have been a local opener or two for this show, but I wasn't too sure. All I knew was that three bizarrely disparate bands were playing last, and I was psyched to see them all.
Then Dillinger Escape Plan? Awesome! I expected all these old, grizzly guys from New Jersey that were at the Studio at Webster Hall show from earlier this year to start crawling out of the woodwork; y'know -- stodgy, short dudes who were actually around in the '90s to see Deadguy and Botch and such. Nope! The crowd remained the same totally weird mix the show had started with: a half-dozen bro-dudes in wifebeaters; a couple of those long-haired metalheads who stand in place and air shred; lots of 15-year-olds seemingly stoked on seeing their first show; and then some other kids in their late-teens that seemed to appreciate both DEP's highly technical and experimental/melodic personalities.
But that didn't really factor into my enjoyment of Dillinger's set, which was pretty high. I actually think it was kind of a tame set, but as a fan who's been following them since Miss Machine dropped (which really isn't that long), I generally know what to expect: Greg Puciato climbing on some shit to piss off security; Ben Weinman serrating his guitar and looking like he's having a spazz attack; all band members giving 110% energy while staying true to the sound, complex structure of the songs. But even when I know it's coming, it induces smiles.
There was another treat, though, and that was a few new songs. The first, "Good Neighbor," raged like a Calculating Infinity-era cut. The other, "Farewell, Mona Lisa," was this pretty epic song, maybe the longest in the band's catalog so far; there's plenty of technical intensity throughout, but towards the finish, Puciato and company repeatedly howl "What am I supposed to say?!" until it burns holes in the listener's brain. At least, I'm pretty sure that's how it finished, though it seems different in this version.
A few other familiar staples were pleasantly awesome and had plenty reaction ("Panasonic Youth," "Milk Lizard," "Sugar Coated Sour" and "43% Burnt," etc. al). By set's end, Puciato had dove over the barrier and into the crowd, awkwardly body-surfing during the corrosive finish to "43% Burnt" until he was pulled back onto the stage. Apparently guitarist Jeff Tuttle even took a leap into the crowd, but I think he cleared the couple rows of kids that had crowded the barricade, as I saw him walking back from where the pit was, guitar in hand, as soon as the song ended.
Set list (8:42-9:31):
I think Thursday's reaction may not have been as great. It was just more weirdness to not see the fervent response they tend to get (and especially when I saw them play Full Collapse a month and a half ago), and the band played kind of a short set to boot. There was a slight rawness to their performance, with frontman Geoff Rickly's voice pretty much shot to hell by "Resuscitation of a Dead Man." Hope he stocked up on honeybears for the rest of this tour.
Keyboardist Andrew Everling was practically hidden in the background as he added a careful layer to some songs and some sampling in others (it sounded like Tim McIlrath's guest spot in "Resuscitation of a Dead Man" was played straight over the speakers, unless someone in the band was doing a spot-on impression for that "Breathe in! / Breathe out!" bit).
But the set was still very enjoyable, and again cool to see the band play a more intimate venue (despite the barrier, this place has a pretty small stage and low ceiling). "Between Rupture and Rapture" was criminally underappreciated, but "Cross Out the Eyes" and "Understanding in a Car Crash" (back to back, no less!) got the big sing-alongs one would expect them to. I do really wish I'd gone to that War All the Time show. Hmph.
Geoff gave a shout-out to the hardcore kids too for "sticking with them all these years" and staying loyal. That was cute, though I don't think there were too many there.
Set list (9:51-10:43):
When you pair together behemoths like Thursday and Dillinger Escape Plan and add a comparably exotic bonus like Fake Problems, you expect one hell of a show. This wasn't quite it, but it was a good time at least.
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