There’s been a flurry of activity in the Deep Ellum venues, and Canton Music Hall in Dallas, TX is one of the renovated spaces I’ve been interested in visiting. This leg of The Defy Tour 2018 is in its last days, but I wasn’t going to miss my chance to see OF MICE & MEN, BLESSTHEFALL, CANE HILL, and FIRE FROM THE GODS, even if it meant a mid-week show. Who needs sleep anyway?
Austin may be weird, but Texas band FIRE FROM THE GODS is anything but. There’s always something endearing about bands that set up their equipment/sound check and don’t rely on techs. I know there’s a rhyme and reason to it all, the whole Wizard behind the curtain, but it takes me back to small club days and puts a smile on my face. If there is a single band that you get to see this summer, these gentlemen are well worth your hard earned money. Songs like “End Transmission”, “In Spite of Doubt”, and “Excuse Me” (from their album Narrative) brought the crowd together. It’s always a good time when everyone is singing along.
Next up was CANE HILL. I really wish I could like them more than I do. It was my first time seeing them live and maybe the bar was set far too high by FIRE FROM THE GODS, but I really didn’t get what I wanted, even though they played “It Follows” and “True Love”. While I may have felt less than enthusiastic, their fans enjoyed it, and that’s all that matters.
About five years ago, I remember seeing BLESSTHEFALL touring with AUGUST BURNS RED, and BEARTOOTH. I was in awe of their energy, and completely taken back by the outpouring of love from their fans. It was great to see them again, as well as OF MICE & MEN. The Texas Mutiny festival rain-out got in my way of catching them two years ago, but their show was intense.
Overall, I’d go out of my way to see most of these bands again, and you won’t have to wait for long. Keep an eye out for headliners OF MICE & MEN on the road in early summer with BAD WOLVES, and don’t forget to check out their latest album Defy, released earlier this year.
LIVE IMAGES AND WORDS: REBEKKAH RAVEN