Everytime I Die Concert Review – 11/17/10 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
Buffaloâ€™s finest in entertainment is certainly not the Sabres or Bills. It is a band called Everytime I Die and theyâ€™ve been around for awhile, releasing one slamming album after the other and playing blistering live shows known for their chaotic and unpredictable stage antics. I absolutely love this band and never turn down the opportunity to see them live.
Iâ€™ve seen Everytime I Die live 5 times, in various parts of the country:
2006: Washington, D.C. â€“ 930 Club as direct support for Story Of The Year
2006: New York, NY- Nokia Theatre Times Square as co-headliners with Atreyu
2008: Atlanta, GA- Tabernacle as direct support for Killswitch Engage
2008: New York, NY- Irving Plaza has headliners
And just last week, I caught the band headlining at a small dive called Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California. A quick google search has a few websites listing the capacity at this venue at 250. That seems about right to me; it looks like one large living room to me with a small stage at the end. Itâ€™s also a dry venue which wasâ€¦ interesting. They had a bar but it was all water and Snapple for sale, which certainly explained the hoards of kids boozing in the parking lot beforehand.
The band decided to play small venues on this tour and Iâ€™m happy for it, because it resulted in one of the craziest live shows I have ever seen. It was non-stop stage diving, including people throwing themselves off the side divider onto the crowd, and it felt like 150 degrees in there. It was awesome. You just donâ€™t see these shows like this anymore where fans have the freedom to lose their minds without fear of getting ejected from the venue. Now, this doesnâ€™t mean that Chain Reaction was pleased with the crowd reaction. After the third song, lead singer Keith Buckley actually asked the audience to halt the stage diving because the band were in danger of being kicked out of the venue. This worked for maybe a couple of songs, as people just went right back to the moshing and surfing.
I was actually concerned for a few of the audience members that werenâ€™t too fit to be throwing themselves around Chain Reaction and I saw several people leave the floor for breathers. This show was insane and chaotic and just plain awesome at the same time. So imagine my surprise, when I learned from bassist Josh Newton that this was actually one of the more tame stops on their current tour. What?!?
This speaks volumes as to Everytime I Dieâ€™s live show. You have to see it to believe it and I recommend seeing them in a small venue as opposed to the large Warped Tour or Ozzfest stages that they tend to play in the summertime. They are a hard working, hard partying, and extremely talented band that rips it up night after night. I also want to point out that Keith Buckley is one of the greatest lyricists in all of music. Heâ€™s just ridiculous.
Our interview with Josh Newton almost never happened. It was delayed twice and he was 30 minutes late on the third try, because he couldnâ€™t get reception on his phone. We had a minimal amount of time to conduct the interview and we squeezed in as much as we could. However, it resulted in a quality discussion that ranged from Newtonâ€™s old band From Autum To Ashes, to Everytime I Die, to his current project with Buckley, Scott Ian & Rob Caggiano from Anthrax, and a couple of Fallout Boy dudes called The Damned Things. Watch out for these guys early next year, by the way. Andrew and I have attended their first U.S. shows in New York and Los Angeles, respectively, and they were terrific. Their debut album, titled Ironiclast will be released on December 13th.
Iâ€™m glad we pulled this interview off because it was important to us to help promote Everytime I Die, a band that doesnâ€™t get nearly enough recognition. Go catch them live on tour for the remainder of the year. They also recently released a live DVD titled Shit Happens! that is well-worth your hard earned money. Thank you to Josh Newton, Andrew, and everyone else involved in making this interview happen. It was difficult, yet very rewarding.
You can listen to the interview here.