Ever since the kids returned from The Hurricane State they’ve been huge Cruxshadows fans, so when I saw that they were playing an all-ages with one of our favorite bands, Ego Likeness, I decided we couldn’t miss it. So last night I drove the Lady, the Princess, and the Lad down to the Ottobar.
This was the kids’ first concert, and I think they both enjoyed it a lot, although the Lad got predictably sleepy as the night wore on. I didn’t recognize as many people there as I’d hoped. It was a small crowd overall. I wonder if it was the fact that it was a Monday night? Or did the word just not get out?
The Drowning Season played a good set, as far as I can tell; but I confirmed that my earlier impression was not a fluke. They just aren’t my thing.
Ego Likness lived up to my expectations. Very good set.
Then it was time for the Cruxshadows. The lights went out. Fog poured from the stage in a blue glow. A somber voice intoned:
“In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history, an ancient race of peoples… the Druids. No one knows who they were or what they were doing…”*
And Rogue, hair a-spike and flashlights in hand stalked up to the stage, and…
Nobody told me they were a parody band! That was the funniest damn thing I’ve seen in months! There were dancing girls! There was pompous posing! There were ominous spoken-word intros to every song! There were countless references to battles and angels! It was like Wierd Al Yankovic spoofing VNV Nation. Now that’s entertainment!
Rogue gets my Pompous Fuck of the Year award for his general demeanor but specifically for pitching a hissyfit when the audience failed to be completely silent while he was introducing the band. I forgave him though, because he was nice to the kids during his many sojourns into the audience, serenading them, shaking their hands, and eventually pulling the Princess (along with most of the rest of the audience) onto the stage at the very end.
All in all, a good night was had by all. But I suspect the nect time I hear Cruxshadows at a club I’m going to have a very hard time suppressing the urge to bust out laughing.