Chevelle & Middle Class Rut Rocked Baltimore
[photogallerylink id=13066 align=left]Last night, Chevelle took the stage at a packed Ram’s Head Live to play a sold-out show. The place was swarming with people ready to see the guys play Baltimore again in support of their latest album, Hats Off to the Bull, released December of 2011. And, obviously for a band that kicked out one of their own brothers, Chevelle did not play around.
Opening with “Anti-Saint,” the band came storming out as an impressive light show mirrored the music behind them. The crowd immediately got really into it as a fight broke out directly in front of me. A couple of guys got into a rumble match and security was immediately on top of them. In the midst of breaking up the fracas, some girls decided it was their turn to get into the act and they were also excluded from the show. The show was in full heavy rock mayhem and the crowd could not have been happier.
Overall, Chevelle sounded and played exactly how you would imagine them to sound if you’ve ever listened to any of their records. I mean that in the best possible way. They are a fantastic live band with lots of energy and interaction. The crowd had their arms up for the majority of the show and mouthed along to each song as it was performed. By the end of the show, Chevelle had left everyone sweaty, sore-throated, and ready to keep rocking out after the music had ended.
One of the opening bands also really caught my attention. Hailing from Sacramento, CA, Middle Class Rut blew me away. Seeing a two person band initially had me expecting Black Keys or Local H-type music, but then it turned into a heavier, old-school Jane’s Addiction vocal performance with heavier guitars and drums. They easily have one of the most talented drummers I have ever seen live. They shouldn’t be missed if you can catch them at a live show anytime soon and their album, No Name No Color, is on constant rotation for me. All in all, it’s always great to start your week off with a solid rock show. Last night at Ram’s Head did not fail to impress.