Going to a show at The Underground is always an interesting experience. The basement-style venue is popular for local and national acts and crams in its audience for the bigger shows.
One of the most memorable shows I've been to there was about four years ago. My friends opened up a show with For Today. The night ended with For Today's set, which was possibly the hottest set I've ever watched. As the crowd left, a pool of water, presumably from everyone's sweat, had formed in the middle of the floor.
While I didn't expect anything close to that last night, the expectation for myself was that the show would have a pretty big turnout. Arsonists Get All The Girls has a solid following, but the amount of people in the venue throughout the evening was fairly low.[jump]
The show started out with local acts opening the night and getting the small crowd prepared for the shredding that would ensue. Sure, there may not have been a lot of people, I'd estimate less than 60, but the bands playing were still fun to watch. It's not like the show was on a day of the week that was too much of an inconvenience for people. Sure, it wasn't a Friday or Saturday, but you'd think the kids would at least show up during summer vacation.
It got interesting once Adamant took the stage. The band had a raw metal sound and a strong hardcore influence, with the small collection of fans moving along to them. The vocalist at one point even got off the stage to mosh with the fans to get the energy going. From this band on, the crowd slowly came alive. The hardcore dancers were the liveliest people, aside from the bands. The swinging arms and spin-kicks caused people to extend their arms in defense, or move out of the way.
While the amount of people at the show never increased much, each band had an increase in energy when they took the stage. Scylla, the final local band of the night, jumped up and down in time with their bouncy guitar leads. Having seen these guys before, their set was a little different this time around with the addition of two new members. Upon seeing that they had a new drummer and guitar player, I wondered if they would be able to perform at the same level as their previous lineup. Although I'm not too familiar with their material, the band seemed to do just fine with the new guys to wrap up the local openers.