Sunday, June 5, 2011
C.A.S.H.E.D, or, how I learned to stand back at certain shows...
Sometimes, you just don't know what you're getting yourself into with DIY line-ups. It could be a dude in a pink skirt screeching guttural metal, or one guy bashing away on a single pedal. Chicago gave me a new appreciation for seeing live music I've never heard before.
However, sometimes shit just gets crazy. It's the nature of the beast. Not to bring up Eugenics Council again, but there's a direct correlation of bat-shit craziness.
This is C.A.S.H.E.D. The bands description from a friend online was "Portal Opening Knife Wielders from Kansas City"
When you go to a few shows a week, it's impossible to look up every single band you're going to see, and finding some of them in internet form is impossible because nothing exists.
In this instance, I figured it'd be a laid back, harmless Names Divine / Meester Magpie / BrokeFree set in a carpeted basement.
Well, that didn't really end up being the case. :
Aside from the obvious concern for new equipment, sometimes you can just feel the energy in the room and something tells you to stand back a bit. Chicago brings some serious shit, both physically and sonically. Dig around on Acid Marshmallow. Hell, go to Neon Marshmallow fest! Guaranteed shit-show of eye-widening glee.
Enjoy this video from afar. Second one with the new camera. Some brutal moments. Sheer energy. Commitment to performance. The last minute of it is particularly haunting. "WE RESPECT YOU" while he gushes blood.
Make it full screen and take a closer look.
It wasn't anything to do with the performance, really...if you look here and there they're checking on each other to make sure they're okay.
Who knew they'd all in that final push fall into a 3 inch thick piece of glass. One of them severed two tendons and required a skin graft. One of their elbows was cut open and required stitches. Please just be aware of your surroundings, and stay safe, Chicago.
EVERYBODY'S BROKE, EVERYTHING IS FREE :
NAMES DIVINE :