I’ll start this week off with a post that is not related in any way to comic books. If there were people actually following this blog, I’m sure that this would be a nice change of pace for them. Since there aren’t, this is just more talking to myself. Keep in mind while reading this that I am a cynical asshole and I have seen easily over 100 bands perform live.
Alien Ant Farm has always been one of those bands that I never really got into, even though I really enjoy their sound when I listen to them. They don’t rank among my favorite musical acts (at least not high) but I do think they are a very good band. Really, the only complaint I have with them is that their sound, while unique, could use a little more internal variety. Sure, there’s some, but if you listen to them passively a lot things can blend together a little bit.
Well, on Thursday, as part of Peoplezfest, Alien Ant Farm played an outdoor show at Buster’s Bar and Grill in Mankato, Minnesota. That’s my city. I made arrangements to go into work late that night so I could see them. It was well worth it.
Honestly, I expected that they would sound a little rough. I have their first to big albums (ANThology and TruANT) and, while they’re both quite good, they sound heavy on the production. I was surprised when I saw them that the vocals were actually quite good live.
The band moves around on stage but I wouldn’t say they are great entertainers as far as stage presence goes. They are, however, pretty good and better than probably a solid 50% of other acts I’ve seen. Their bass player is good with his instrument, does more vocals than I realized, and is the most entertaining on stage. Basically, he’s a badass.
If you get the chance to see these guys, I suggest you take it. I didn’t have to pay to get in but I would have felt fine with it had the ticket cost me $12 (and I’m a cheapskate). Also, pick up their newest album. It’s called Up In The Attic. They sell it for $5 live and it’s easily worth $10. Other than that, their merch showing was kind of weak. I wonder how they stay afloat?