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REVIEW: dredg @ Wonder Ballroom (Portland, OR – 11/9/10)

11th Nov 10 (Thu) Leave a comment Go to comments


Call me a focused, but I showed up shortly before dredg‘s 8:35pm start time and left immediately after*.  Frontman Gavin Hayes came on and said something along the lines of “we’re hypocrites,” and they kicked into their first song “Ode to the Sun” – a bombastic lead off from Catch Without Arms.  I’m not sure what he was referring to regarding the “hypocrites” comment, maybe it was just the mood he was in…

As one of the several openers, they only got an opener-sized slot, but they made the most of it…

Setlist: about 45 mins

  • Ode To The Sun
  • Same Ol’ Road
  • Pariah
  • Jamais Vu
  • Upon Returning [new song]
  • Bug Eyes
  • Saviour
  • Lightswitch
  • Down to the Cellar

Their new album, as of yet untitled, comes out March 29, 2011.  If it’s anything like The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion – it’ll be awesome.  Great melodic prog-ish rock.  Gavin tweeted on Nov 5th that the album was done (with compelling photographic proof):

a few more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

*– or perhaps call me dickish… I love music, but I don’t generally enjoy the 4 or 5 band “rock tours” – especially when 3-4 of the bands are underwhelming and the crowd is annoying (see POV video below).  I will apologize, as I didn’t give Circa Survive a fair shake (or a shake at all).  I’m sure they’re great.  Sorry, after a 4 hour round-trip drive, a couple sour beers at Cascade Brewing and dredg was what I cared about.  And I’m getting old (rock bands!  get off my lawn!). Sorry.  It is what it is. If the Circa Survive kids troll my comment section… well, it’s understood.

POV Rock Concert

~Dan – np: A Perfect Circle The Thirteenth Step

dredg PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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  1. L
    11th Nov 10 (Thu) at 6:11 pm

    Hey Dan! It’s L from KX newsgroup/messageboards. Funny to stumble upon your blog in search of jelly jam news and see that you’re also a dredg fan.

    I also cut it short on this tour–I was pretty put off by the fact that dredg (and Animals as Leaders) were opening for the apparently sucky Circa Survive. Left halfway thru CS’s 2nd song. Too bad you missed AAL though, be sure to check out the album–it’s pretty awesome (if you like prog instrumentals).

    • 11th Nov 10 (Thu) at 7:16 pm

      Hey, how goes it? I haven’t hung out on the KX boards in forever. I think I lost track of newsgroups and how to even get to them anymore. :)

      Yeah, I got there as Codeseven was halfway through. They were pretty damn bland. I’ve never even heard Circa Survive… just didn’t have it in me to stay. When dredg went on, Gavin seemed in sort of a pissy mood… don’t know if the tour’s going well, or maybe I was reading too much into it. I’ll hafta check out AAL.

      KX needs to tour again… it’s been since last summer (’09) since I’ve seen them… :)


  2. Nathen
    12th Nov 10 (Fri) at 1:58 pm

    Hey, I saw the same show in Seattle on the tenth and he said the exact same thing “we’re hyprocrites”. And I wasn’t sure what he meant but also noticed the foul mood he was in. I wonder what the deal is?

    • 12th Nov 10 (Fri) at 2:43 pm

      yeah, maybe they don’t like being openers. When I saw them in early 2009, they opened for RX Bandits, and he was moody, then in late 2009, they were the main band and he seemed better. That’s my only thought on it…

      Or, maybe the “we’re hypocrites” has something to do with their upcoming album?

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