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I was very intrigued by this show when I was asked to cover it. Nonpoint was a band that blew me away when I saw them open for Kittie a year before. As for the rest of the bands, I had never seen them before and had only heard Darwin's Waiting Room's album a few times. Needless to say, it was going to be a night of new sounds.
The first band up was Austin's Unloco. This band didn't look to powerful during sound check, but when it was time to start the show for real, this band never looked back. Their guitarist was insane. He threw himself around like a rag doll the entire set and never slowed down. The only slow part of the set was the bassist who never moved. He was a bit disappointing, but the rest of the band went at it so hard that you didn't really notice his stagnation.
Next up was Switched, who fell into the same mod as most new metal bands. They were energetic, but their set was boring. The music was one riff that ran for the whole song and never varied too much. They tried real hard and a lot of the kids enjoyed them, but no one really went out of their way to dance or run. I was hoping for more after such a strong opening set.
After an anxious wait, Darwin's Waiting Room took the stage. I noticed that stage looked empty, but as soon as they started Jabe and Grimm were all over the place, so it made sense. This band had brought their A game. The kids went wild, everyone sang along, and the energy was through the roof. This set was the best of the night by a long shot. I was really excited to see a band do so much. The rest of the band came with a lot of energy as well. I was impressed by how much sound their guitarist was able to produce.
The set covered all the best songs, Drain, Feels So Stupid, Live For The Moment, and the best song of the night, Mario Andretti - Bus Driver Man. This song was on some old recordings and may make it onto a soundtrack, but it should have been on "Orphan." This song was wild and people who weren't familiar with it sang what they could and went wild. It was a lot of fun.
Finally, Nonpoint was up. I was stoked because they were going to be able to do Tribute since Grimm was on the tour, but that all came crashing down the second song. Andy, the guitarist, landed on a monitor and tore up his knee. Despite being in obvious pain, he played the rest of the song from his back and then crawled from the stage. After about a 10-minute wait, Andy taped his knee up and decided to give it another go. Unfortunately he was in too much pain to do many more songs, so Nonpoint cut it after six songs and headed out.
Despite the early end, no one felt cheated. Nonpoint played some of their best, Mindtrip, What A Day, Virus, and others. It was a strong set and a lot of fun. Unfortunately Andy took a fall. It was fun while it lasted.
Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at email@example.com.