For a few hours on 4/16/15, Centerstage Bar and Grill in Kokomo became the epicenter of all things metal in Indiana by boasting an impressive line up consisting of I Will Define, ImJohnWayne, The Eeries, Marmozets and Every Time I Die. Technical issues plagued a few of the bands, but all pushed onward, over and through to deliver their own unique styles of music.
Technical difficulties arose with the first band before they even began. I Will Define had some issues with getting the bass working during sound check, but once this was corrected the foursome from Indianapolis (Cody Wyrick on vocals, Sam Gordon on drums, Sam Foster on bass and Julian Cardona on guitar) and delivered some crushing melodic metalcore in the short time allotted.
Jumping into more of a hardcore/thrash realm was ImJohnWayne, also from Indianapolis. Having only been put on the bill two days prior to the show, the band (Josh Short on vocals, Ryan Fellers on guitar, Blake Hommel on drums) had to recruit a fill in bassist as theirs had other commitments that night, but he performed flawlessly while Short was absolutely brutal in his delivery. But once again, problems arose as everything went silent due to more technical difficulties, this time causing ImJohnWayne to prematurely end their set amidst frustrated apologies.
The Eeries (Isaiah Silva on vocals/guitar, Brandon Sweeney on guitar, Eliot Lorango on bass and Nadir Maraschin on drums) were up next and again, difficulties were present, this time in the form of the mic shocking guitarist/vocalist Isaiah Silva whenever his lips touched it. With a simple fix of a foam pad over the mic The Eeries were set to go, and go they did with unbridled energy. This is a hard band to define. There are elements of punk, grunge, garage rock and metal all rolled up into this explosive package that could go berserk at any moment. And go berserk they did, like a tightly wound spring coming undone, The Eeries slammed through their set and equipment with fierce energy. There is something very Nirvanaesque and somewhat manic about this band, as they went from knocking equipment around to the singer writhing around on the floor. With the stage presence and performance they put on they are easily a headlining band.
Described by Kerrang! as the “most exciting young band in Britain”, Marmozets, consisting of sibling sets of Becca, Sam and Josh Macintire and Will and Jack Bottomley, were next to take the stage. Looking more like the bratty kids next door than a rock band, their chaotic, maniacal angst set the stage for Becca’s possessed ragdoll dance moves. After a few songs the band broke into “Why Do You Hate Me” which brought Becca out into the crowd, corded mic in tow, to dance and cavort all around much to the excitement of those around her. Marmozets played almost everything off of their album The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets and had fans flocking to buy the album after the set as it is not currently available here in the US. Knowing nothing about this band going into this show, the quality of the music and the swelling frenzy of the performance really sold me on this group.
Now it was time for Buffalo’s Every Time I Die and their mix of southern rock/hardcore punk/metal. If you were at this show, you were a member of the band, and it was an unpredictable, non-stop party resulting in complete madness from the first note being played! From the moment they took the stage, Every Time I Die (Keith Buckley on vocals, Jordan Buckley on guitar, Andrew Williams on guitar, Steve Micciche on bass and Ryan Leger on drums) were in and out of the crowd, allowing members of the audience to sing parts of songs and even strum guitars. Every Time I Die’s discography was well represented throughout the set list, which consisted of “No Son Of Mine”, “Bored Stiff”, “Decayin’ With The Boys”, “Wanderlust”, “Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space”, “El Dorado”, “Thirst”, “Floater”, “Ebolarama”, “The New Black”, “We’rewolf”, “Idiot” and “Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Battery” and they never let up in the ferocity of the performance. When the circle pit started, Every Time I Die were a part of it as Micciche played bass from the middle of it while Jordan Buckley played guitar on his back atop crowd members carrying him in a circle around the pit. As the last song was ready to be played, Keith encouraged everybody in the crowd to get up on stage and then even pulled several up they kicked into “Imitation” with as many people as they could fit on stage with them. Immediately after the set, the guys were out mingling with the fans, taking pictures, signing CD’s and just engaging in conversation with those who lingered.
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