GIG REVIEW: Devin Townsend Project, BTBAM & Fallujah Live At House of Blues, Chicago
What a great way to start the week of fall with the Fallujah, Between the Buried and Me and Devin Townsend show here in Chicago. House of Blues never disappoints, and it was an incredible time for me! The opening band was Fallujah –now I am not very familiar with their music but they were really great live, opening up with the song “Sapphire”. At first the crowd wasn’t very into it, but half way into the set the crowd got moving! I saw a few small pits. The first band is always the ones to set the mood and get people pumped for the show. I liked the energy they had up on stage, as they closed with “The Void Alone”.
I patiently waited for Between the Buried and Me to play. They opened up with “Node”, and it’s like they take me on a musical journey –they are always so tight and groovy! They played the entire album ‘Coma Ecliptic’ and it was amazing. I thought they would play older stuff but that wasn’t the case. The crowd was loving it and going crazy! It had been a while since I attended such a packed busy show night at House of Blues. BTBAM are one of those complicated bands known to give dramatic switch ups when playing, very melodic progressions, and have always delivered great compositions and clever writing. They ended their set with “Life in Velvet”, one of my all-time favourites from the album.
I recently wrote a review for the new Devin Townsend album so I was very excited to see him live, and plus this was my very first time seeing the band live so I had no idea what to expect! As the lights went down, the anticipation started making me feel like a little girl. Devin Townsend opened up with “Night”, and the whole place went nuts, with so many excited and energetic individuals who were thrilled to see Devin start singing! “IF YOU ARE HERE YOU ARE A GEEK, WE KNOW, TRUST ME”, he yelled that out in the middle of a song. He has quite a sense of humor! With so much energy from him and the band, I was absolutely blown away.
Everyone was head-banging and singing along when “Hyperdrive” was played. Every single song gave me goose bumps and I had the biggest smile on my face! The band sounded so tight live, just like in the albums. Finally they closed their set with “Higher” from ‘Transcendence’ album, which, by the way, is my favourite song off of the album! What a spectacular night the show turned out to be, not only did I see BTBAM for the fifth time, I also got to see Devin Townsend live for the first time, but it wasn’t enough for me! I hope I get to see him live again soon because it was an incredible set and his voice is amazing. So much energy was brought from all three bands in such a unique way.