UPDATED: Tera Melos, TTNG and LIMB at Fitzgerald's, 5/16/2013
Truthfully, it's a wonder Reinhart isn't already getting an early onset of arthritis with how fast he can finger-tap, and that was already in question before the group launched into their nearly nine-minute encore, "40 Rods to the Hog's Head."
But while their final song played out like an extended, calculated jam session for the band, the crowd overflowed onto the stage as bodies moved in unison with the music.
For a seemingly regular Thursday evening, TTNG and Tera Melos brought one of those rare concerts to Houston that serves as a reminder as to how much fun live music can be. People weren't talking over the band, there weren't people shuffling in and out, and the crowd was actually watching (and enjoying) the show. Hell, it even looked like Tobin was enjoying himself.
In hindsight, there was no better way to kick off summer than with this lineup. Hopefully they weren't just pulling our leg when they said they'd be back soon.
Personal Bias: I'll listen to anything, but I have a sweet spot for mathcore, noise and experimental acts. On Thursday, I unknowingly walked into a show that featured LIMB/Jeff Wilson, who is affiliated with Brett Taylor, former By The End Of Tonight member, and the man behind my favorite Houston band, sIngs. I think anything those guys touch is gold, but hey, that's just me.
The Crowd: Mostly 18-20 year olds, paired off into couples. A lot of guys looked like they pore over guitar-tech magazines and blogs, and most of the crowd seemed to consider themselves die-hard TTNG fans.
Overheard In the Crowd: "This guy is amazing. He's doing what I've always wanted to do."
Random Notebook Dump: This is the first show I've been to in years where I actually witnessed someone crowd-surf.