Coheed and Cambria + The Blood Brothers + Dredg + Mewithoutyou
Watching a near-sellout crowd recite lyrics like biblical text makes you wonder: when the hell did these guys get so big?
Coheed and Cambria + The Blood Brothers + Dredg + MewithoutyouCity: Denver
Venue: Ogden Theater
Calculating the next big thing in music is an inexact science. Some bands ascend quickly on a wave of hype, while others bide their time, perfecting their craft and slowly developing their fan base. Coheed & Cambria, Blood Brothers, and Dredg have all had their share of media attention, but still, watching a near-sellout crowd recite each band's lyrics like biblical text makes you realize how gradual (and subtle) their development has been. Watching four bands perform may seem like a marathon that could only detract from the experience, but with the first three acts playing for less than 45 minutes each it felt as if you were only getting a sample of each. Pennsylvanian-quartet Mewithoutyou was the only band to arrive without a hardcore following, but their scratchy guitars, manic percussion, and angst-ridden themes fit into the proceedings nicely. Lead singer Aaron Weiss was a powerful orator with a bushy beard and lumberjack attire. His style befit the unique and quirky nature of the bill; his singing resembled slam-poetry mixed with Southern preacher pontification, both offset by brief screams of anguish. Just as peculiar was his chaotic dancing style, which recalled the more wild side of Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie.
The Blood Brothers