Make Do And Mend with Diamond Youth
Red 7 in Austin, TX on June 4th, 2013
With Make Do And Mend releasing my top record of 2012, Everything You Ever Loved, and the fact that I’d never seen them before, I was highly excited that they were passing through Austin on tour with Cheap Girls and Diamond Youth.
Due to time constraints and issues getting in, I only caught two songs from Maryland’s Diamond Youth, unfortunately, but the Topshelf crew sounded fantastic live. Their brand of alterative rock carries great to the live setting, as their Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stone Age influences come across in a rockin’ fashion on stage. Only having a couple EPs out, Diamond Youth are definitely a band to watch out for, as Topshelf is the perfect home for them.
And then all the way from Connecticut the guys in Make Do And Mend took the stage – or rather dominated it. The thing about these guys – and I guess you don’t realize this until you see them – is that their live show is much more punk influenced than their records, if that’s even possible. Vocalist James Carroll shows you that the rough sound of End Measured Mile is exactly where he wants to be live, and it puts a great punk spin on their sound, especially the Everything You Ever Loved songs.
Clearly not afraid to show off their influences and peers, James Carroll was clad in a Polar Bear Club tank while drummer Matt Carroll rocked his Touche Amore tank behind the kit. This is a band bred on hardcore and punk, and it really comes across on in a live setting. The opening “Hide Away” into “Disassemble” sounded even more powerful live than recorded, as the rougher vocals of Carroll gave the songs an edge. Surprise cuts like “St. Anne,” one of my favorite songs of last year, and the older “Shambles” were crowd favorites, with the former proving that MDAM can play softer cuts live and still get a lively crowd reaction.
Yelling out lyrics like “I’m finding new ways to burn” during “Disassemble” and being able to hear one of my favorite lines of last blasted in my ears as Carroll yelled, “You can click your heels until you wear holes in the floor / And realize that no place feels like home anymore” on the penultimate “Stay In The Sun”…these are moments you don’t forget. This is why live music is so incredible. This is why you need to see this band live, as it makes you appreciate their records even more – if you can even believe that.
Unfortunately, since it was already after midnight and my buddy had work in the morning and I’m driving home to Dallas for the weekend, we had to duck out before Cheap Girls. Hoping to catch them in the near future, as it was a major bummer, but hey things happen.
So I’m tired, low on sleep, with a nice drive ahead of me and 5 more concerts within the next week, but I can guarantee you I’ll be blasting along to Everything You Ever Loved and holding on to last night’s show as long as possible. Go see this show. These are bands you don’t want to miss.