Taste of Chaos:
The Used, 30 Seconds to Mars, Senses Fail, Sasosin, Chiodos, Aiden, and
by Kaylie Seaver
(Ottawa, Ontario - March 28, 2007) After
a freezing fifteen minute trek from the bus stop to Scotia Bank Place,
energy was running low. However, upon entering the venue, adrenaline levels
shot right back up, whether from the extravagant amounts of Rockstar Energy
Drinks [the company sponsoring the tour] consumed, or from the sheer excitement
oozing out of everyone waiting by the doors, it is unknown.
Not long after entering the venue, my friend
Jude and I met up with two sixths of Chiodos, Jason Hale and Derrick Frost,
to talk briefly about their upcoming album and their experience on the
Taste of Chaos tour. What was supposed to have been time allotted to speak
with Saosin, following our chat with the boys of Chiodos, was instead dedicated
to sorting out a small mix-up regarding a photo-pass, as cellphone malfunctions
prevented us from ever actually meeting Saosin.
This ultimately stalled us from entering
the arena on time, missing the first band, Callahan, a small Canadian outfit
who had won the Ernie Ball Battle of The Bands. We did get in, in time
to see Evaline, however, whose cello-scraping and keyboard-pounding frontman
held the attention of every kid in the audience. Their dark, ambient instrumentals
were accompanied by sporadic flailing and jumping around by the members,
and at least one fan was made of an unaware show-goer that night.
Giving the crowd not more than fifteen
minutes of breathing time between sets, Aiden hit the stage after Evaline,
confidently ploughing right into their first song. Aiden refused to give
the kids a break, and decided that, as key members of the show, they had
a responsibility to fulfill. Instructing everyone the crowd to split down
the middle and move to the far sides of the arena, frontman wiL Francis
directed the two masses of kids to meet and conflate with the force and
speed of their next song. Bruised but grinning, the crowd's enthusiasm
grew throughout the set, as the band earnestly preached their songs and
Following Aiden, Chiodos took the stage
and, I mean, really took the stage. Sending out their tour manager, dressed
like a giant bunny, to introduce the band, Chiodos exploded onto the stage.
Leaving no inch of it untouched, the members of the hardcore/emo group
didn't let anyone's energy dip even a centimeter. Tinkling, haunting keyboard
solos littered the pounding songs, while Craig Owens' falsettos produced
goosebumps on the arms of every moshing kid there. Not a whole lot of talking
between songs, but made up for enthusiasm throughout songs.
Saosin entered next, and though they didn't
speak to the crowd much either, their performance was exhilarating. Vocalist
Cove Reber captivated the crowd, with his sincere crooning. Not much physical
action or out of the ordinary stage-play, but an inspiring set, nonetheless.
Next came Senses Fail, not my cup of tea,
but earnest in their endeavors, in any case. The band hammered out their
songs one after another in their charging fashion, and then came 30 Seconds
To Mars. Running out on stage, the hankerchief-clad foursome demanded attention
and called for noises of approval from the audience. Aside from being clobbered
in the head with a full water bottle by Jared Leto [I'm not complaining,
as he took me aside to pet my head and assured the crowd I was ok], their
set went off full blast, keeping the crowd on their toes with mid-song
ramblings and high energy songs.
The final band of the night appeared behind
curtains hung in front of the stage. Only their silhouettes marked their
presence, and it was at this point that the crowd's rabid tendencies took
over. The curtains dropped and were carried away, and The Used opened with
their newest single, "The Bird and The Worm". The rest of their set comprised
songs that melted into each other, with little to no breaks between, lung-ripping
vocals and loyalty-testing moshing, as the diehards worked their way to
the front, showing no mercy.
Each band of the night brought with them
their genuine desire to please the crowd, and I am pleased to state that
their desires were easily attained.
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