Culprit was next to take the stage, and they kicked off their set with a small but refreshing tribute to Hans Zimmer. However, their overall performance paled in comparison to Phathom, who set the bar pretty high. Culprit, though spirited, was relatively boring, and their sound was indistinguishable. They did, however, pull off a pretty awesome rock-injected cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”—lead singer Travis Powell busted out some striking vocals to make this happen. In totality, Culprit lacked energy (though I can’t really blame them given the reciprocation from the crowd) and faded into the background for me.
Thatwasthen played their set, and brought the usual high-energy, feel-good rock I know and love them for. Again, the crowd, though more responsive to thatwasthen then the other bands, was relatively lackluster, and in the back of your mind you knew everyone was out getting their St. Patty’s day party on. However, thatwasthen rocked their thirty or so minutes, with Brent Sinay, the lead singer, hilariously interrupting to host a beer drinking competition scored by the band’s rendition of “Eye of the Tiger.” Thanks to their undeniable love of performing and their dynamic, energetic collection of songs, I remembered what a talented group of guys this band is…as if I had ever forgotten—ha! (Read about other thatwasthen stuff, yeah!)
Bethpage Black came out to finish up the show, and the desire to take off and hit up the nearest house party hung heavy over the Key Club. BpB also brought their up-front and exciting rock to the stage, and played an overall great set (it’s always fun watching drummer Steve Coy annihilate his drumset). Listening to them, I got hints of Taking Back Sunday (I might be wrong here…), and had a little trip down memory lane to my high-school-freshman-angsty-suburban-white-girl days. (Read more Bethpage Black stuff, too!)
In all, the show was brimming with talent and good music, but lacking in excitement. St. Patrick’s day was being fervently celebrated somewhere, but not at the Key Club.