Night 3 of Blowout 2014 took place on Friday, May 2nd.
I started at Whiskey in the Jar again. The crowd level for the opening act was a little higher than last night's first act there, but not by much.
Post-script edit: Bryan Metro took the time to get the story from Celina's owner) After five minutes at Capo I go back to 7 Brothers, and now Niqque has a vocalist doing hip-hop, and the band is more up-tempo.
Mexican Knives also stayed pretty close to the schedule. If I had to describe their sound, I'd call it lo-fi noise rock. Although I'm probably just throwing in the word "noise" whenever I'm struggling to describe how something sounds. I remember at the last Dally in the Alley a dude standing next to me said "The pitch of her voice sounds off". I replied "I think it's supposed to", but of course I have no idea what I'm talking about. They sound includes fuzz and distortion, but you can always discern a driving melody in there, and the end result is worth it. The congestion of people near the stage ebbed and flowed as the claustrophobic types sought out refuge in the upper mezzanine, or in the far back where the pool tables were.
If you're interested in some Blowout trivia, The Hentchmen were on the schedule for the very first Blowout.
The Hentchmen were everything the crowd expected them to be that night. The band didn't put on an encore exactly, but kept adding songs after already telling people "only one more".
Bands I saw that I'm putting in the "whatever" column: Desolation Angels, Go Tiger Go, Come Out Fighting, and 500 Club.
Saturday night (tonight) is the hardest choice I've had to make yet for this weekend, due to some boneheaded moves by the event's schedulers. It's as if the people booking the event have never attended a Blowout before themselves. The three top headliners, Death, Electric Six, and Motion City Soundtrack, are all scheduled for Saturday at midnight. Did the bookers prioritize bragging rights on the event poster over the audience experience? If attendees could see the full sets from all three of those bands, wouldn't that make Blowout 2014 legendary in some people's minds?
There's a good case in favor of spending Night 4 in Detroit. In addition to Death, the Magic Stick is also going to have The Witches and Lee Marvin Computer Arm. A solid line-up on most nights.
I'm not going to pretend as if I've known of Death for longer than two years, or that I know all their music. I've been a fan of Electric Six for much longer, so I'll be seeing them in Ferndale at Rustbelt market at midnight. Bolstering this choice will be Alexis at the same place at 10. Ferndale will only have five venues, but it will also have Motion City Soundtrack at the Loving Touch, which I can catch if Rustbelt is running late.