The show had only one opening act and that made me pretty happy. It's so common to have multiple acts on tour as well as a local opener for musicians today and although I appreciate the support national acts give to other bands and local talent, I gotta say it was a refreshing to show up and just get right into it. To my surprise, the White Rabbit was packed like they were giving away tickets and beer for free. It was exciting but also proposed a slight problem--how am I gonna get to the front to snag some great shots? Far be it for me to sound like the old man on the porch, but I've noticed a decline in crowds' energy and increase in saltiness over the past say ten years of concert-going. When I was younger, shows I would attend would be packed ass to ass and you would fight tough for your spot. You would squeeze, push, wedge, and inch your way through anyone that was in your way to gain a better vantage point. If you made it through, you made it through. End of story. You just wanted it more. This was rap shows, metal shows, hip hop, rock--whatever. Today, crowds have gotten soft. It could be a sold out Deftones show filled to the brim ready to give in to the hellish energy that is their live performance and if so much as lean on another person when your near the stage, you're often met with mean mugs, sarcastic remarks, and whining. Lots of whining. This is adults too, not just the teeny boppers (who I imagine didn't sneak out of the house or lie to be there lol). Today, people throw fits, whine, bitch, and moan. And the others around them join in. Nobody pushes forward to a dope spot. Nobody waits outside the venue at 10am to be against the barricade. Nobody moshes anymore. I just don't get it.
At the time, I hadn't heard any music from Les Butcherettes, but I've seen their name a lot. I'll admit, I didn't "do my job" and research this group, but sometimes I just like going in fresh and just experience the music too. Regardless, I find a decent spot and wait for their entrance. Two ladies came out to greet a small set up of a keyboard-guitar combo and a stage right-facing drum kit. A male bass player made his way to the dark corner and the madness began.