Stitched Up Heart, Volbeat and Godsmack played the city of Penticton, BC last weekend and Robin and Scott were on hand to document the sold out and very excited show. Drinks were had, drum duels were duelled and it’s safe to say everyone left satisfied and probably more than a little intoxicated.
Stitched Up Heart, a hard rock band out of LA, opened the night up properly with their particular brand of metal. Led by vocalist Alecia ‘Mixi’ Demner, the band has an almost Arch Enemy feel with tinges of punk rock thrown in for good measure. Despite being the opening support act (or maybe because of it) Stitched Up Heart seemed to be throwing everything they had into their performance, dominating the stage and making sure everyone in the audience felt like they had a front row seat. Godsmack frontman Sully Erna even showed up at one point to lend his voice to one of there songs, so you know this is a band you might want to keep an eye on.
Stitched Up Heart:
Volbeat took the stage to thunderous applause and excitement from a very receptive crowd, and though they weren’t exactly this writers cup of tea you can’t deny the palpable excitement that seemed to fill every inch of the arena in the moments before they played their first note. Once they put pick to string, all bets were off as the audience surged forward in what I can only assume was an attempt to get as close to the front as possible. Like, surging to the point the security looked to be hauling semi-conscious folks out of the crush of human bodies that made up the audience; serious stuff. Their songs were admittedly a kind of strange mix of country, metal, sing-along style punk and of course radio friendly rock, forming a set that didn’t feel as cohesive as you’d imagine for a show on this scale. In their best moments they came off sounding like a post-Black Album era Metallica so interprete that as you will.
Godsmack is one of those bands that got lumped into the whole nu-metal movement back in the late ’90s and early 2000’s, probably for touring reasons, but they never really had that slappy bass nu-metal sound and they certainly didn’t rap. Playing up their tough guy/biker rock sound is probably why they are still a strong touring act in 2019, and the years spent homing their craft on the road is evident in their live show. Many bands would be content to come out, bang out an hour or so’s worth of songs and head back to the bus but not Godsmack, they seemed determined to put on a old school rock show complete with a stupid amount of pyro and a drum duel. Three quarters of the way through their set, the drum riser started to move across the stage on its own, revealing a second full drum kit which Erna positioned himself behind. What followed was an impressive showdown between two extremely skilled drummers as they managed to pull of synchronized rhythms and trick all while the drum kits continued to spin and move around the stage. Even if you aren’t a fan of their current output (though you can’t tell me you didn’t have at least a couple tracks off their first album on a burned CD in your youth) their live show is worth seeing if only to watch the showmanship and confidence they exude on stage. And to answer the question I know has been burning inside of you since you opened this article, of course they played Voodoo and it’s still stuck in my head days later.
Words by Scott Floronic
Photos by Robin Goodfellow