Deftones at the Pageant, 4/26/11: Review

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Photo by Todd Owyoung
Deftones/Dillinger Escape Plan/Funeral Party
The Pageant
April 26, 2011

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The Deftones crowd favorite "My Own Summer (Shove It)" has a false ending right before its final chorus. Last night at the sold-out Pageant, the moment between the song and its built-in encore was powerful: Stephen Carpenter summoning feedback from his 8-string (!) Ibanez guitar, the band lost in the blue crowd-facing lights, the audience giddy from the one-two punch of "Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)" and "My Own Summer." Then the chorus came roaring back, a gift from the Deftones to its rabid fands. It was an early highlight in a mostly-searing set.

The band's catalog isn't predictable, but it is fairly consistent. Ignoring the handful of early cuts that feature Zack De La Rocha-esque rapping, tracks from 1995's Adrenaline could work on last year's Diamond Eyes and any Deftones record in between. But last night the band made up for its lack of head-turners with its execution. Each unison attack had a hint of sludge, falling ever-so-slightly behind the beat in the vein of Sabbath, drawing just enough tension to cause an involuntary head bang. The band's dynamic range is massive, starting with vocalist Chino Moreno, who sang on quiet parts, screamed on loud parts, and at one point made a dolphin-ish squeal. Lights were arranged for maximum drama, and a few songs were accompanied by videos projected behind the band. These were usually your standard stoner b-movie fare, but "Digital Bath" featured clips from the stop-motion masterpiece Koyanasqatsi, which is more like stoner art film fare. Unfortunately, the Deftones dragged towards the show's end; 105 minutes is a lot of time for a band whose book of tricks has only a few well-worn pages.

Throughout the set, the spotlight was literally on Moreno. The crew erected a small ramp over the front monitors so Chino could lord over his fans, and he kept the crowd in his palm. He convulsed and folded himself in half while screaming. His dancing during instrumental passages was closer to prancing than I expected. Did I mention the bit about the dolphin?

Guitarist Stephen Carpenter was mostly stoic, but fill-in bassist Sergio Vega covered a fair amount of ground on stage. For the band's last two songs, Chino crawled off stage and wandered through the audience, singing atop the bar that separates the Pageant's sitting area from its floor. Vega utilized the ramp in the vocalist's absence, an ambitious move that indirectly caused his bass to stop working. He was able to swap out with another, but this should be a take-home lesson in what happens when a bass player oversteps a boundary.

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Dillinger Escape Plan. Photo by Todd Owyoung

Chino's bar-walk was not the first band/crowd interaction. Both of Dillinger Escape Plan's guitarists explored the same areas of the Pageant earlier in the night. It is appropriate that Chino was tethered to the stage by a microphone cable but Dillinger's members used wireless setups; Deftones works within self-contained stylistic limitations while Dillinger Escape Plan has made a career out of doing the opposite.

DEP put on the kind of over-the-top performance seemed like it might disintegrate at any second. Nobody would have guessed Dillinger was not the headliner. A contingency of hardcore kids pumped fists, screamed along, and celebrated breakdowns with a modest circle pit. The band's geometric metal lends itself to arrhythmic moshing. Pity the audience members trying to clap along to a beat that kept changing under their feet. Dillinger's light show was heavy on the strobe - the only way to keep up with such speedy double-bass - and the slow-down visual effect paired with the band's on-stage sprinting to make its members seem to appear and disappear like prairie dogs. Vocalist Greg Puciato was responsible for the group's boldest move, standing atop the venue's PA stack and intentionally causing his microphone to screech against the wall of speakers.

Funeral Party opened with a solid, if out of place, group of post-punk numbers. The young band's tunes felt wonderful, and its songs locked into the evening's deepest grooves, but Funeral Party fell on mostly deaf ears in this crowd. In fairness, it hardly mattered who opened the show. It barely mattered that the most innovative hardcore band since Refused played second. As soon as those house lights went black and the 1,500 or so in attendance screamed like The Beatles' jet just landed on the roof, it was obvious that this show belonged to The Deftones.

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Bondsblues
Bondsblues

I would have to agree with the comment previously about this reviewr sounded like a DEP fan at a Deftone's concert. DEP was awful. The vocals, if you want to call them that, were so off key I was laughing, and I wasn't the only one. During their attempts to actually sing during some bridges it seemed each member was singing in a different key. It actually made my ears hurt, not from the speed or how loud it was, but from the sheer crap that was spewing out. Now I see why Greg Puciato has to scream his lyrics, because he would starve as a singer. DEP will NEVER play to a sold out show at the Pageant. This much I can promise you. I kept looking at my watch wondering when it was going to end. I do have to agree on the review of Funeral Party, though. But sorry, you were waaaaaay off on DEP.

Jamee
Jamee

This review is soooo unreal......I was there...up front.... and it ROCKED!! I actually let you take my picture??? Wow, no taste.

PryChicMetal
PryChicMetal

Funeral Party had a good set - their music seemed to be reminiscent of the Killers. Dillinger Escape Plan's set, however, couldn't be over quick enough. It was excruciating to listen to and had no rythmn or timing whatsoever. Basically, if they would have messed up during their set I don't think anyone would or could notice. If you're into that sort of thing - more power to you. Deftones, on the other hand, put on an amazing show. They had a great mix of old and new material that was all crowd pleasing indeed. I would have to say that it was the best Deftones show I have seen to date. When are they coming back? :)

Kpumaorn
Kpumaorn

i love the people who just dont get dillinger escape plan. no rythmn? shits more complex than any deftones song will ever be. its definately not for everyone though. i was on the floor, rage'n it and the bitches around me had the 'wtf' look on their face (like the look i had when i read this article) and i loved it. believe me, there were more than 20-25 people into dillinger. there is a reason deftones brought dillinger on tour guys.

PryChicMetal
PryChicMetal

Kpumaron, as I mentioned in my comment - "If you're into that sort of thing, more power to you!" What I expressed in my comment is my own opinion about DEP. Nothing you say or do will change my mind, that is just how I felt about their set. Enough said. I'm glad you like them and enjoyed DEP's set. Good for you. I'm sure there is stuff I listen to that you would not get nor understand, and I like it that way.

Erin
Erin

The only downside to this show at all was the dillinger escape plan. The music was absolute garbage, and the handful of fans that moshed around in the pit only pissed the rest of us off who were actually there to hear good music. And speaking as someone who was at the very front center in the pit, you idiots who "raged" as you call it, when in actuality, all you did was shove people around like a bunch of classless neanderthals and make a total fools of yourselves, pissed the rest of us off, who gee I dunno, actually came and paid money to listen to the music, not get off on some macho power trip, in which you not only distract the people around you from the music, but endanger people as well.

The deftones on the other hand, were absolutely amazing...I agree with the other reviewer that said that the person who wrote this review was clearly a dillinger fan at a deftones concert. Everyone that was standing around me in the pit after dillinger's set ended agreed that they were awful, and I think the majority of us couldn't wait for them to be over.

Kpumaorn
Kpumaorn

idiots who raged? raged could be anything (party'd, got hype, moshed, ate food...anything)...grow up. to assume i was in the pit...your wrong. you obviously were one of the 15 year old girls there (with braces) to hear back to school, digital bath, and 7 words...also, to take pictures of chino with your cell phone camera and then go home and dream of chino. dont like dillinger? get off the floor and let the people who enjoy them, enjoy them. i paid money to, i dont know, 'listen to the music'?? it seemed while i was on the floor for dillinger, toward the end 'you idiots' came down and started drooling for chino before he came out. like i said, deftones brought dillinger on tour.

lmaoreally?
lmaoreally?

What kind of jaded emo punk wrote this article? lmao Can you try to put down the Deftones any more than you did? Obviously they blew you off in some way and this is your little way of standing up for yourself. Of the 4 times I have seen them play over a 6 year span this was the second best show I have seen them do. Go back to writing for the high school newspaper, man.

Brian
Brian

Stephen Carpenter plays ESP, not Ibanez, including that awesome 8-string.

Twasnt
Twasnt

Dillinger is a great band and played very well last night. The Deftones also played a great set last night but the vocals were a little shaky on some of the more melodic songs which is something that has plagued Chino since their first show. Regardless, any Deftones fan would be lucky to have seen it.

Matlockbruce27
Matlockbruce27

oh and if dillinger had been the headliner as you pointed out, they would have been at a not sold out show at pops

Matlockbruce27
Matlockbruce27

agreed as well... this was a killer set! sounds like someone was a dillinger fan at a deftones show. I definitely left wanting more, as it seemed like most of the crowd did. I didnt see more than 20-25 people really into dillinger, and from the floor it looked like the whole balcony was sitting their whole set

Paddy's Pub
Paddy's Pub

I second Kpumaorn. They played a fantastic set last night.

Kpumaorn
Kpumaorn

as i was reading this i was making these 'wtf' faces. cant really agree with this review. why is it important to point out deftones used wired mics and dillinger doesnt...the deftones dragged towards the end of the show?? 105 min too much time for deftones... rrrrrrrrrrrighttt. ...this could have been the second best time ive seen the deftones (second to a first row show at the american theatre w/ glassjaw) but whatever. you get paid to write the review. i dont.

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