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April 2012 After5

April 2012 After5

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Entertainment and Events in the Upper Red River Valley
Entertainment and Events in the Upper Red River Valley

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YEAR FOUR NUMBER FOUR | AFTER5GF.COMAPR 2012
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By Aly Gruchaly, Contributing Writer
THE END OF A DRY SPELLMUSIC
Grand Forks has been in a dry spell and I’m not talking about the lack of precipitation. With such an odd spring, the weather has been a little bipolar,sporting seventy-degree sunshiny days one week and drizzling rain and unexpected snowfall the next. But discussion of the mundane facets of NorthDakota weather can wait. I’ll leave that to the trained professionals: the weathermen.What I am referring to is a music dry spell, specifically hardcore rock. These booming concerts have been dwindling in Grand Forks during the pastfew months, due to the fact Ojata Records and Comics Store (a previous popular venue for local concerts) has been instructed to refrain from holdingany shows, thanks to noise complaints from a local (and rather noisy) drinking establishment.Thankfully, the dry spell was broken! On Saturday, March 24th, The Ember (formerly FreedomChurch) at 8 North 3rd Street, graciously opened theirdoors to hundreds of people, ranging from avid scene kids, rocking mile-high spiky hair and painted-on dark-wash skinny jeans, to first-time showgoers, looking a little nervous and a lot excited, to proud parents of some of the band members.The opening act of the concert was the two-piece band Busted Knuckle. Hailing from East Grand Forks, Busted Knuckle’s approach to music is unique,to say the least. Without a lead vocalist/screamer or a bassist, this band consists of only a guitarist and a drummer. In the realm of the Grand Forksmusic scene, it is easy to tell they are not afraid to take risks and experiment with their music, a laudable undertaking. Even the guitar itself screams,“Notice me!” with the shocking electric lime green guitar strings vibrating from every single pick/strum. Even their homemade t-shirts demand atten-tion. And they received it. Busted Knuckle woke up the crowd and helped prepare them for the upcoming bands.It has been a while since Roll the Credits has played a show. A whole year, in fact. But this fact didn’t matter at all. Roll the Credits kept the energy inthe crowded room flowing, playing high-energy, vocally-driven songs, pumping-up the crowd even more. There were quite a few knowledgeable fansin the audience. They sang along to the pop-rock infused melodies, obviously familiarized with these songs, loyal fans with grins plastered on theirfaces as they rushed up to the stage, pumping fists in the air and screaming the lyrics into the singer’s out-held microphone.The next band to perform was the crowd favorite The Consumption. Even though the merchandise booth sold mouthwateringly sweet cupcakes in-ventively decorated with the green and blue initials “TC,” their performance was bittersweet, their last show as The Consumption. The room was ab-solutely packed. Even the hardcore dancers were cramped, swinging arms haphazardly and gladly running in circles when the infamous circle pitopened up, unleashing the energy of the fans. The crowd couldn’t stop moving, singing along to the music, and jumping up and down in time withthe guitar rhythms and the clash of the cymbals. The crowd’s favorite song, entitled (and inspired by) “Reeses Puffs,” pulled out all the stops. An en-thusiastic fan donned an inventive costume, an orange cardboard box, a giant replica of a Reeses’ Puffs cereal box, complete with the intricate detailsof the nutritional facts. All in all, it was a fantastic final performance. And if anyone wishes to purchase any Consumption memorabilia, now would bethe time to do so, because they are vanishing at an alarming rate.The two final bands, both hailing from Fargo, North Dakota, delivered enthusiastic performances. These Hearts is signed to the record label VictoryRecords, and they have a full-length CD entitled Forever Ended Yesterday available for purchase along with T-shirts. The headlining band The Suit wasthe winner of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands in December of 2010. They also have an EP available for sale, called The Way That We Fall, as well asother merchandise. However, when they played, none of those facts really mattered. What mattered was the music. The kids in the back of the roomwere dancing, swinging their arms and stomping back and forth across the floor. The kids in the front of the room were bobbing their heads in timeto the breakdowns and jumping along with the band members. Everyone was dancing, shaking the floor of the old Freedom Church. It’s about thehardcore music, the chugging guitar rhythms, the piercing guitar riffs, the booming bass drops, the cry of the keyboard, the chatter of the cymbals,and the raw emotionally powerful screams of the singer with the crowd.Noise complaints? What noise complaints? All I hear is music.

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