It may have been the smallest concert I’ve ever been to, but a great time was had by all. When I said that BackBooth was a little place, I really had no idea how small. And even though it was small, the place was empty! Whoever promoted that show should be fired. There were maybe 75 people there – including the three bands.
Jhon, Brian, and I showed up about the same time. The opening band was “Still Nieve”. They were a little obnoxious in my opinion, but the second band really rocked. I had heard someone say that Big Dismal sounds a lot like Creed, but I really didn’t think that was the case. The only similarity I noticed was the use of a harmonic microphone now and then for voice distortion.
After they got off stage, we got to hang out with Eric Durrance (vocals/guitar) for a while. He seemed like a very down-to-earth character. We all talked about music, where we were from, and the music industry in general. Since I told him I was in Gainesville, he even offered to put us on the guest list for their show tonight in Jacksonville. It would have been a much bigger show (with Grits, Pillar, and Skillet), but I left Gainesville at 3pm yesterday and I have to get some hours in at work sometime. I picked up their album though, and after listening to it 2½ times through on the ride home, I still think I’ll listen to it at work.
The crowd (if you could call them that) got much more into 12 stones at the end, and they really put on a good show. Some drunk guys in their 40s decided to start moshing and pushing people around toward the end, but other than that, it was an awesome night.
Update: I saw that my review was linked from bigdismalonline.com, so I thought I’d add the old site’s pagename to the post so that those people don’t get a 404 error – archive.php?month=04&year=2004