FYM ON THE LIST: 30 SECONDS TO MARS, MIDDLE CLASS RUT, SEATTLE WASHINGTON USA
30 Seconds to Mars, and Sacramento California two-piece Middle Class Rut, performed live at the Paramount Theatre earlier this week in Seattle Washington USA.
And just like clockwork, Middle Class Rut came on at 7:30pm, with a rowdy young crowd just waiting for encouragement to run into each other.
The rough-edged sonic blade, that is the post-grunge, heavy alterna-rock genre still reigns King in Sacramento California. Middle Class Rut showcased Tuesday night, a well-crafted display of connected musicianship between guitarist Zach Lopez, and drummer Sean Stockham.
The floor erupted when MC Rut performed their dark, heavy-hooked rocker New Low. These guys seemed to do everything in their power to make sure the crowd had a little sweat on their shirts before 30 Seconds To Mars came on.
Band: Middle Class Rut
New Album: No Name, No Color (Listen Here)
And then, with more drama than a broadway show, 30 Seconds to Mars
opened their set championing formidable branding. It was indeed a stage production, featuring the epic 30 Seconds to Mars symbol (a triangle with bar through the middle of it), providing ominous (kubrick-eque) ambience hovering in the background. Unlike the opening act, the performance was awash in low-lit atmosphere, with non-stop flash-bulb fury from hungry girls (and guys?) running the spectrum of age.
Jared Leto and crew played host to an enthusiastic group of true super-fan believers. We haven't seen so many people in the crowd wearing the shirt of the band they were going to see since attending a Nine Inch Nails concert.
Leto even made a statement, turning the spotlights on the crowd, while waves of fans moved back and forth, challenging each other for a chance to show their bright faces to the frontman.
It was a concert filled with rock cliches: actor turned musician, the lead singer crowd walking, smoke and mirrors effects, rebellious good cop/bad cop frontman, a solo set from Leto taking song requests, repeated commandments in every song for the crowd to jump jump jump. If you want a true sense of how over the top their live shows are see video below:
But to the young kids in the audience, the true believers, this group pulled out all the stops at giving them the quintessential rock show experience. 30 Seconds to Mars did not emotionally move us by any means, but we indeed did leave the show feeling extremely entertained... And what's so wrong with that?
Band: 30 Seconds to Mars
New Album: This is War (Listen Here)
30 Seconds to Mars, Middle Class Rut- Bonus Photos: