With concert-goers lined down the block at Greene Street Live, it was clear that North Carolina was ready for The Word Alive and the Dark Matter Tour. On the road in support of their new album "Dark Matter" with Fit For A King and Out Came The Wolves, The Word Alive came to show off some new songs and rock the house with their classics.
Now, have seen a lot of bands throw tantrums and cut their set short because of silly tech issues like their light show software stops working. But, you can go to hundreds of concerts and never experience pure professionalism as the guys in The Word Alive display.
To start the night, a couple locals warmed up the crowd. A Boy Named Sue was a very pleasant surprise, for me. The front man was Paul Huffman, a man I grew up watching in Embracing Goodbye. He came on stage with the same southern sound and same energy I always loved.
The second local, Her Echo, is one of those bands that has so much potential in a struggling area for local music. They have the sound and the look similar to Memphis May Fire that could be successful and the crowd loves them at any show I've seen them at.
The openers for the tour package were Out Came The Wolves. They had a hard time gathering interest from the crowd, besides the screaming fangirls scattered throughout the venue. But they didn't let the lack of reaction bother them. They put on a great show and went about their nightly routine. It happens from time to time, especially for the known unknowns on the bill. I'd bet that once they release an album, they will start to gain popularity.
Fueled by the success of their two albums in 2013 and their newest release "Slave To Nothing," Fit For A King proved why they're on the rise. From the start of "Hollow King" to the end of "Warpath," no one in the room stood still. The pit was full of dancers and if you weren't dancing, you were head banging along with the band. And, there's not much else to be said, the band was amazing and the crowd love it. It was like the best Christmas ever. You got that amazing gift that you wanted and would've been happy with only that, but there were still gifts to open. In this case, there was still a headlining band!
As the road crew began removing all of Fit For A King's gear from the stage the crowd erupted into a chant for headliners. No patience, everyone was ready for The Word Alive and rightfully so. When the time finally came the crowd erupted in excitement when the band stepped out to start their set with a couple new songs. The dust finally settled as the band took a break between songs to explain who they were and where they came from. Telle Smith, the vocalist, plugged their new album and introduced the next song they would play from it. But before they could get to the first chorus of "Face To Face," the guitars and vocals went silent. They all looked at each other and continued playing the song as if nothing happened. All that could be heard were the drums and bass guitar. Despite no music, the crowd continued jumping and acted as if nothing was wrong. The band continued through the whole song and waited patiently as the problem was resolved. Telle took selfies with fans and Luke Holland played around on the drums. It was the most enjoyable technical difficulty I had ever experienced. Once everything was fixed the band apologized and played the song again.
This is the professionalism I talked about. No complaining, no tantrums, no storming off the stage. They took the problem, ran with it, and calmly waited for their crew to find and fix the issue.
All bands take note.