Evergreen Terrace – The Underworld – 2 July 2010
Words by Tiaan Kotze / Photo’s by Damon IsFun
I don’t Think I have ever been inside a venue as early as tonight and it’s a good reminder of why, it’s empty the atmosphere sucks. The few people that are present are scattered around awkwardly and judging by the state of affairs they are either too young to drink or trying to get loaded early. Expecting a good night ahead is the reason why I have descended on the underworld before darkness could fall, it’s not because of the London summer but as a result of Me and Mark opening this show. They get the crowd quite worked up with their brand of satirical acoustic ballads and I immediately fall in love with these guys, everything they played was either really funny or just straight to the point and honest. I think they will go quite far when people catch onto them eventually
As far as i can remember the next band to take the stage was Azriel and the reason why I can’t really remember is not just the fact that I went out after the show and got home at 5am but rather because I found them to be quite boring. They made absolutely no impression on me or at least not a good enough one to keep my attention and for some reason there was just something about the vocals that annoyed me. However listening to them now i can’t see why as I am actually enjoy their recorded stuff and maybe it was just the sound or something else but I have heard some promising things from other people about their live performance so I guess I will have to check them out again.
When time arises for Evergreen Terrace to come on it’s smooth and the music flows flawlessly from the finger tips of the instrument wielding members. When the extreme vocals of Drew starts tearing up cerebral cortexes you can’t help but move around like a bunch of headless zombies, and he has that effect on the entire room. The pit looks like a scene from resident evil and the people are going insane. As The Underworld is one of the only venues where stage diving is still allowed the crowd takes full advantage by diving into what looks like a way too empty pit to me,half of them end up on the floor or on some unlucky bystanders head but like zombies divers no pain is seen. Evergreen Terrace cram most of their hits into an action packed set which not only I enjoy but I found everybody was moving when they reappeared back on stage to finish with Chaney Can’t Quite Riff Like Helmet’s Page Hamilton. The night ends and all I can think is what an awesome show and such an amazingly honest band. I am still a little disappointed however that this didn’t sell out but the ones that deserved to experience this did, screw the rest.