The Aragon Ballroom was blessed with a night of rock from Silver Snakes, I The Mighty, Glassjaw and Coheed and Cambria. Silver Snakes, from Los Angeles, kicked off the night in support of their album Saboteur. This quartet had a short, but solid set. Alex Estrada has a haunting voice that gives the band’s metal sound a melodic balance. The rest of the band consists of Mike Trujillo on bass, Jeremiah Bignell on guitar, and Garrett Harney on drums. With only 25 minutes to showcase who they are to the fans in attendance, I felt that we only got a small taste of who they truly can be on stage. I will be looking forward to see what these guys can bring when they make it back into town for the Chicago Open Air Festival in July. They will be performing during the 2nd day of the festival if you plan on heading to Toyota for the festival.
I The Mighty was next up on this wild night. Hailing from San Francisco, this group has been around in some form for almost a decade. Originally it was just Brent Walsh, vocals, and Ian Pedigo, guitar and backup vocals, who got it all started. Chris Hinkley, bass, and Blake Dahlinger, drums, joined shortly after. The energy these guys put forth on stage is impossible to look away from and they grabbed hold of the crowd immediately. I The Mighty only had 25 minutes for their set as well and they made the best of it. Their 5 song set primarily focused on their newest album Connector and the song that really caught my attention was “The Lying Eyes of Miss Erray”. The next time these guys hit Chicago, they should be playing longer sets by then. Definitely a band to keep an eye on.
Now the crowd was fired up and getting ready for the 2 bands that most had come to see. Glassjaw took the stage hitting the audience hard right away with “Tip Your Bartender”. Glassjaw hails from Long Island and consists of Daryl Palumbo, vocals, and Justin Beck, guitar, with various other musicians that have filled in to round out the band over the years. Currently Travis Sykes, bass, and Chad Hasty, drums, rounds out the rest of the group. This band has been majorly influential to fans and bands in the post-hardcore genre over the past 2 decades. The first part of the set was filled with tracks from their early catalog and then quickly shifted to songs from their more recent work. With fan favorites “Ape Dos Mil”, “The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports”, and “New White Extremity”, Glassjaw gave fans a solid set. If only they could have played a full headlining set, fans who came to see them would have been truly satisfied. Most were left wanting a lot more with nothing from the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang EP or their first studio album, Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence, being played. Overall, it was great having Glassjaw back in Chicago.
Coheed and Cambria closed out the night and gave the raucous crowd everything they had. Claudio Sanchez and Travis Stever began the set performing the acoustic song “Ghost” from their new album that they are touring in support of. Josh Eppard, drums, and Zach Cooper, bass, joined them to kick off their heavy set with “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3”. Coheed hails from Nyack, New York and has been around for over 2 decades and have put out some extremely creative concept albums over the years. Their set on Friday was diverse in the fact that they performed a healthy amount of tracks from their former albums, while still being able to showcase The Color Before The Sun. Fans were treated to “Blood Red Summer”, “A Favor House Atlantic”, “No World for Tomorrow”, “The Running Free”, and “Welcome Home”. The set was solid Claudio is an amazing showman. Coheed brought the house down and closed out an epic night with some amazing guitar heavy hits.
All 4 bands made for an epic night that fans soon won’t forget. Look to check out all of them in the coming year, if you didn’t get a chance to make it to The Aragon on Saturday, then you should look to check these bands out when they make their way back to this great city!
And here is the set of photos from the night. ENJOY!