|Alien Ant Farm are much better live than on record especially hit single ‘Movies’. From the start the guitarist, Terry Corso and bassist, Tye Zamora, put a lot of energy into the set pretty much skipping and bouncing around. Their music too is a lot different from the singles which were quite poppy but most of their sounds are dark and twisted and actually surprised me. Those expecting Movies-styletunes would’ve been disappointed because even that had an edge to it livethat it didn’t have on record. |
Singer, Dryden Mitchell, appeared to be uncomfortable on stage at first not sayingmuch (he even said ‘I don’t have much to say’) and moving awkwardlywithout the energy Corso and Zamora were using up. In fact he looked wrappedup in himself but the fans who were there had obviously seen the band beforedidn’t appear to care and were doing the signs (pointing with your indexfinger). Mitchell did connect on that front touching the tips of fans’ fingerswith the tip of his own.
The sound is quite varied and some songs were a bit lighter, maybe emo touchedwith dub, so not all tracks were heavy metally sorts. Eventually Mitchell beganto loosen up and start chatting with the crowd before launching into anothersong, Sarah, which had elements of another Alien Ant Farm song (‘Wish’).Clearly band members getting injured us a regular thing as he also ‘promise[d]not to break his neck, just breaking wind.’
They were quite a surprise to me and not at all the novelty band I was expectingafter only really hearing the hit singles. The highlight of the evening had tobe the most unlikely of covers: a ska version of Sade’s ‘Smooth Operator’ whichreally, really got the crowd going. This was after Mitchell ran a straw poll(by the amount of cheers for each option) of whether the crowd wanted eithera Black Sabbath cover, a Sade cover, or a Michael Jackson cover. Sade was thelast minute winner. I really, really enjoyed myself and Alien Ant Farm are anentertaining band live, well worth going to see.