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Alessana and Medina Lake Live At Webster Theatre , Hart Con, September 25th, 2009: Mismanagement by Helen Bach

I seem to be trending in my desire to see opening acts. The ‘alt’ scene is so incestuous (how timely!)that its more like hey Ill open for you tonight you open for me next time.

Why on Earth Madina Lake is opening for Alesana is way beyond me.  I chalk up Madinas obscurity to bad management.  They should be so much more.

On this Autumn night its a hop skip and jump to the old former porn cinema The Webster.  Yeah, honest engines it used to be a blue movie house.  They’ve ripped out the seats but the filth remains.  But its close to home and for the moment is pulling in the acts I want to see so as long as we don’t touch the walls or visit the loo…..all’s good in the hood.

We opted to take our time tonight, autumn in the air and a shit day so meh…  missed Broadway.. which was ok,… no really.  We saw them.  Yeah…

Enter Asking Alexandria a post hardcore band from York England.  Mosh pit! Now as a child of the 80s hardcore movement its pretty funny to WATCH a mosh pit, half of me wants to jump in half of me wants to laugh.  I had 2 young teenagers with me.  I opted to laugh and protect.  Once I got them to a wall for protection I went closer to take some pictures.  The band was really good very tight and had a sense of humor.  Power stances and synchronized headbanging.. good god it WAS the 80s.  Id see them again.  Id wear something a bit cooler.  It was about 300 degrees in that club couple that with flying mosh pit beef heads….sweat pit ewwww.
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Madina Lake.
I am so in love with this band  They are so talented so diverse so engaging. My daughter hipped me to them about 3 years ago at the ripe age of 9.  She has amazing taste and as a musician shes got a great ear.  I would have never found them but I’m glad I did! Without exaggeration I believe within the past 2 years we have seen them 4-5 times.  As headliners as part of Warped Tour and as opener.  I will see them a million more times.  I don’t think they aim to please I thi
nk they’re just pleased.  They have no swagger hater angst, they’re smiling they’re jumping they’re crowd surfing.  They love what they’re doing.  Again my friend Alex claims they’re the nicest band ever.  They ARE.  I have never seen a band happier and kinder. They tour alot so its easy to thirst for something ‘new’, then you remember they do have a new release but have been on a never ending tour.  Highlight performance has to be the old standard Now or Never…..why? cuz I fucking LOVE that song.

The Bled.
Ok Im shallow but I have issue with hairy singers.  It doesn’t fit my groove so ya already got a strike on you and I got you pegged as a hippy dirt bag.  Well he wasn’t a hippy but he looked like a cross between Jesus and Joe Trohman during the fro’ days. 
Screamo.  Ok lets take a second to explain this is EMO music SCREAMED like Satan on Sucrets.  Now we have waif like feather emo boys…..with the voice of Linda Blair in the exorcist.  Spooky.  They weren’t terrible but they were so busy screaming I white noised them out.  And that giant hair bugged me.  Great time to wait for the Alesana merch guy to come back to restock (no lie 15 min waiting to by a hoody wtf? AND he was an ass).
Back to the stage.

This band has six members.
Yeah SIX ok Im not sure why maybe they’re all friends but anyway.
Listening to them gave me a sore throat.  Again more power stances and synch head banging… but they weren’t as fun as AA.  They were too serious to full of themselves.  Why the hell do they all dress the same like they’re freaking the Coasters or something.  Its dumb. 

5 Songs and out for them.  We’d had enough.

another Oreo cookie night, best part was the middle

Asking Alexandria is going to get some attention from me.  I think I really like them  Madina Lake will forever have my loyalty, maybe Alesana can open for them next time and we can show up late for that one.

wow  I love filthy rock clubs………love them

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