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July 9, 2000
At Fitzgerald's
Houston, TX

by Samuel Barker
July 15, 2000

Strung Out!
File Under: Hardcore, Punk, Pop
Bands In Order Of Appearance
1. Dynamite Boy
2. Straight Faced
3. Strung Out
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  • What started out as a bad night got turned into a damn good one by the end of the night. I got to Fitzgerald's only to find out I hadn't been listed as a press member, so I had to pay the cover and couldn't go back stage. It was cool though, I have no problem with paying to see some good bands, but the absence of a backstage pass was rough. I really wanted to get some good pictures without fighting through the crowd. Luckily I was able to talk to the bands, and get back to take some quality photos. I was also bummed because I missed opening band, Whippersnapper, who I was looking forward to seeing. Anyways, now I'll discuss what you actually care about, the show. I had never seen Straight Faced or Strung Out before, and I was way stoked to finally see them. I was also excited because tonight was the first time Dynamite Boy has played in Houston since Halloween of '98. This was building up to be an awesome show, which it was. It was off the hook.

    Dynamite Boy was the first band I saw, and they rocked the house. There were some new songs we hadn't heard from them since it had been so long since they visited, and they played a lot of the old crowd pleasers. This was also the first show in Houston with new guitarist, Danny Cavazos. They sounded great. Danny wasn't as nuts as Andrew used to be, but he kept the sound tight. Near the end of the set, guitarist/vocalist Sean informed everyone that tonight was Bon Scott's Birthday(former AC/DC vocalist who died in 1980) so they played TNT. This was the breaking point for them, people danced, sang along, and got nuts. It was awesome. Dynamite Boy put on one hell of a show.

    The second band to play was Straight Faced. They were a lot better than I expected. Lead singer, Johnny Miller got nuts, and the band followed. They tore through a hard as fuck, in your face set that left your head spinning. It was a lot of fun to see a band get so into a show. They played a lot of new songs off their soon to be released album, which was fun to hear. I'm one of the few people that enjoys hearing the new songs bands have. The sound for the band was tight, and they did a good job of working the crowd into a frenzy for the headliner of the night, Strung Out.

    Strung Out is one of THE best live bands I've seen in a while. They started with all the lights down, and all you could hear was the audio to the bathroom suicide/murder scene from Full Metal Jacket. Then it quickly cut over to one of the futuristic movie clips from the The Element Of Sonic Defiance. Then the lights went up and they just went insane. Lead singer Jason Cruz was into the crowd, and got everyone into the set. Guitarists Rob Ramos and Jake Riley were jumping around, and bassist Chris Aiken was bouncing around with all his hair flying everywhere. You could see and feel the energy from the band. They started with most of their songs from their new EP, and then went into a lot of the older songs. The energy level was through the roof during the entire set. It was a great experience, and I am now a huge fan of Strung Out. You shoudl check them out when they come through you town! Till next time, take care and fight the good fight.

    Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

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