We have to pay extra to be able to sit down. Standing has always been the cheapest (obviously not the case everywhere). It’s usually like, close seats are most expensive, then the further the seats are the cheaper they are, and GA is cheapest.
Most hardcore shows I’ve been to have been at a VFW/bingo hall/church basement/bottom of an empty pool where there’s only one price though, haha.
Too Bad You’re Beautiful was revolutionary to me when it dropped. The Fiction We Live reinforced that. Abandon Your Friends was the soundtrack to a cross country move that had a huge impact on my life. All those albums are meaningful to me. I’m not a huge fan of the post-Perri era.
Ah okay. Their first two were big for me. AYF is a great album but never connected with me emotionally. HAWBTE is important to me because I was in a transitional period in my life and it helped me get through it. Although I do prefer both Ben and Francis doing co-vocals, I do like the way HAWBTE got the band back to being a drum-driven group, and sounded closer to their early sound.
Maybe what I said came off as more harsh than I intended. Holding A Wolf by the Ears is still a solid record. On the Offensive/Delusions of Grandeur/Underpass Tutorial/Pioneers are still in heavy rotation. I just view the first two albums as more complete pieces of work.
Abandon Your Friends is different but I kind of like that about it. The realization that they are what they hate. You can hear the turmoil before the inevitable split with Ben. For whatever reason the intro to Sugar Wolf is one of my favorite riffs ever. I catch myself humming it all the time.
Caught night one of RATM in DC the other night. My fourth or fifth time seeing them, with the last being in Brazil in 2010. They killed it. Best set list I’ve ever seen them play as far as song choice goes. Zach’s injury didn’t hold them back at all despite him sitting on a road case the entire set. I was standing by the sound/light booth on the floor since I didn’t wanna be in the crowd, and saw Sunny setting up so I got to catch up with him for 20 or so minutes shooting the shit.
If you didn’t know, a week before the tour started, their team got back to him and granted permission to film all of their sets in full (every other photog only gets 3 songs to shoot) at any and all stops he wants. Dream come true for him and he’s doing a killer job. Rage’s most recent IG post is a cut he put together of Township Rebellion filming from the security barrier, a crowd cam and a drum cam. So cool