Playing their Karma Never Sleeps EP from front to back, the band reaffirmed why so many feel so strongly about their music. Every note, riff, lick, and hit was precise and powerful, displaying all the technical qualities of their tunes while delivering a high energy live show. All of the dynamics from the record were there Ė the crescendo of soft verses developed into big choruses and room-shaking instrumental sections. There's obviously great chemistry between the boys, who gave one of the tightest sets I've seen at Chain Reaction. It was everything I expected it to be, and then some.
Itís impossible to ignore each memberís individual musicianship when you watch them play. Most vocalists take liberties live, changing melodies for greater easeĖ Brent Walsh actually upped the ante, adding extra vocal runs all throughout the set. Guitarist Ian Pedigo and drummer Blake Dahlinger were spot on, supplying all their signature leads and beats like true veterans. If I had to name an x-factor, it would be Chris Hinkley, who knocked great bass lines out of the park while delivering harmonies worthy of a lead vocalist. Theyíre all talented musicians on their own, and their combined forces have created a commanding sound I expect to become a scene staple (and hopefully help extinguish the phase of Anthony Green wannabes).
So to answer your question, no Ė I havenít run out of good things to say about this band. My childlike excitement for their music is only growing, because I know anyone who gives these guys 10 seconds of their time will be hooked. Long live I The Mighty.