Seether returned to Idaho last week as part of its Poison the Parish Tour. The band kicked off the month of June with a rousing sold out event at The Knitting Factory, that also featured Omaha’s Through Fire, and Detroit’s Kaleido.
Kaleido dropped its stunning debut album Experience last month, and the band’s live set quickly proved they are no studio creation. In fact, Kaleido delivered the surprise set of the night, packed with songs that ranged from straight up rockers like “Die Tryin’” and “Unbreakable” to reggae infused pop such as, “Trouble in Paradise,” to raucous groovers like “No More Little Miss Nice Bitch.” Vocalist Christina Chriss owned the stage with her fearless presence and play-for-keeps attitude. The band even tossed in a cover of “My Michelle” from Chriss’ favorite band, Guns ‘N’ Roses. Drummer Joey Fava delivered a bit of a solo mid-set, and charismatic bassist Cody Morales added a sense of playfulness with his performance. Guitarists Zach Bolling and Ronnie Rosolino handled the shift from edgy riffing to melodic nuance, effortlessly. If you weren’t at the show, you owe it to yourself to check out Kaleido.
Through Fire, who just graced Boise a couple of months ago, slipped in for a date between tours with All That Remains and Otherwise. The band, driven by former Emphatic songwriter and guitarist Justin McCain, are currently enjoying the #1 active song in the country with their hit, “Breathe,” which was one of the many songs from their debut album of the same name, performed Thursday night. They opened it up with “Breakout” and “Where You Lie”, and closed the set with their first single “Stronger.” Blended in between were covers of Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” and Ellie Goulding’s “Lights.” “Blood on My Hands” and “Damaged” rounded out the set. Through Fire, which also features vocalist Grant Kendrick, guitarist Jesse Saint, bassist Kyle LeBlanc and drummer Patrick Mussack, is already building a strong following in Boise. This show only fanned the flames.
Seether always likes to deliver a moody set, and as usual they used very little stage lighting, performing mostly in shadows. This was the one consistent gripe of most fans I spoke with, who otherwise hailed the performance as stellar. However, the soft lighting added ambiance to the set as they crashed through a set packed with hits such as “Fine Again,” “Broken,” and “Rise Above This.” They opened the set with “Gasoline” from their debut album, Disclaimer. Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery shared the stage with the band as guest lead guitarist for the tour, and his dynamic performance added depth to tracks like “Country,” “Fake It,” “No Jesus Christ” and “Nobody Praying for Me.” Frontman Shaun Morgan made his way into the crowd at one point during the set to the delight of the fans. Drummer John Murphy and bassist Dale Stewart remained a steady anchor all night as the group tuned up “Let You Down,” the lone song performed from the band’s new album Poison the Parish, as well as classics like, “Words as Weapons,” “Truth, “Remedy,” and a cover of Thrice’s “Black Honey.”
It was an enthusiastic and exciting show all the way around, but for me, Kaleido was the scene stealer. Seether graciously hung around for an after party with fans hosted by 100.3 Xrocks upstairs at 9th St. Parallel. As one fan put it; “All and all the night was close to perfect.”
Huge thanks as always to Gary, Treva, Justin, Gina, and the entire Knitting Factory staff.
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