Written By Heather Dunmoyer
You can really tell if a show made an impact if your ears are still ringing a day later. Fuzzy ears are a result of an incredible, heart-pumping show by Coleen Green, Defeater, Turnstile and Basement. Yes, you heard me. All four of these artists were in Seattle last night, and let’s just say, the Chop Suey, was a moist and magical place.
Unfortunately, I missed Green, but the East Coast, hardcore classic, Defeater came on just after. Defeater is known for their concept work when it comes to their albums. Each one narrates the life of a struggling working class family living in New Jersey, post WWII. Different, no doubt, but it gives them the freedom to comment on humanity in a very unique way. Their latest album, Abandoned, follows this story line of a Catholic priest. He choses the celibate life to leave the girl he loves and the result is the emotional abuse he takes out on himself. Abandoned is ideal descriptor for this character.
Defeater during the show played a few of their new songs, but mostly played their older, more well-known work. Empty Days and Sleepless Nights, and Letters Home. It was awesome to see such a responsive crowd, knowing every lyric, and yelling along. There was so much good energy. When they performed their track Bastards, a girl in the audience was singing along, so lead singer, Derek Archambault, lead her on stage and handed over the mic for her to voice the lyrics she knew so well. A crucial moment, as it showed the passion from the fans, and Defeater’s appreciation to their followers. Overall, it was a great performance that was over too quickly and was soon followed up by Turnstile.
Turnstile was great. Another East-coast band who blends together the grit and the punk so well. This band is fan-fueled and was fully loaded to energize an already pumped crowd. Fast and heavy, or groovy and melodic, Turnstile’s music seems to evolve and change with each song. Their newest album was released this year, titled, Nonstop Feeling. The title itself really captures that intensity behind Turnstile, as the lyrics and performance are so emotionally-charged. Songs like Keep It Movingfrom their older album, as well as Gravity, and Drop, from their most recent release erupted the crowd into a vibrating slammer pit. Well done Turnstile.
The final act, Basement, really stole the show last night. Not only did their set look great with the bright and bold lighting, but their performance was outstanding. They released their new album, Promise Everything early this year after breaking up, and then in 2014, getting back together. It was a successful reunion, as their latest work is the most well-written and evolved of their past albums. Basement a rock band all the way from the UK, and this was their first tour where they performed in Seattle. Seattle was really lucky to have them, and it was evident from the crowd that they have a good following here. With such a small venue, the Basement performance really helped the audience to come alive. Lead singer Ronan Crix knew how to deliver, and Basement played a good mix of their old and new stuff. Crowd pleasers likeWhole, and Pine, brought even more energy to the bursting crowd. Their new hit, Promise Everything, and the heart-felt Oversized rounded it out to a fantastic performance.
Overall, Chop Suey had a great night with an array of emo-revival performers and an nod to the small, yet noble, punk scene in Seattle. I hope that ringing in my ears moves into my heart and lives on forever.
An attendee of the show Dan Gonyea took some amazing photos-- check them out here! https://www.flickr.com/photos/futurebreed/sets/72157667099256825/