Show Review

Show: SubRosa, Witchkiss, Clover, Heavy Traffic on a Sunday in Beacon, NY

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 10:06 PM (PST)

SubRosa brought their Wuthering Heights as gothic doom metal splendor to Beacon, NY tonight on an off night show from their tour with Wovenhand and wowed a lucky and modest but enraptured Sunday crowd at new venue The Platform in Beacon, NY. “Black Majesty” was indeed felt by all and I was beyond thrilled to finally witness the band live after being a fan for many years. In fact, it is crazy to think it has been ten years almost since I really fell completely in love with the Strega album and the band has since come to really mean so much to me. If the wait to see them live hadn’t driven me crazy a few times, haha, the band were still very much worth the wait to finally see live. They put on an incredible and very emotional show and I am on cloud nine.

Clover opened the night with their awesome blend of raging hardcore-influenced raw groove metal with semi-counter intuitive smart rhythmic shifts to keep you guessing between roars and super distorted riffs. The sound in this relatively new Beacon, NY space was pretty solid despite a few hiccups. “Aurora” was particularly powerful.

Witchkiss were a rad power trio in the Electric Wizard vein with very cool effected co-ed vocals and include an ex-member of 00’s Poughkeepsie area brawlers When Dreams Die (we joked together about how hardcore dudes who are smart switch to stoner rock as we age to preserve knees and bones from injury). Witchkiss are a lot of fun and you can hear a track on their Bandcamp.

Heavy Traffic, well…I don’t even feel like writing about them much. Rumor had it they cancelled and so the show started late as a result and then the band finally showed up and claimed a prime slot, had to be told to stop playing and as a result of their tardy behavior SubRosa trimmed their set down. I had been waiting like ten years to see SubRosa and they were going to do a few rare acoustic songs and trimmed that just cuz they are nice and were accomodating. Heavy Traffic kind of came off like Brooklyn hipster indie kids trying to be loud enough to play metal shows but with Forrest Gump as a singer. If you think you got over, a lot of people actually were grumbling about it. Try to show up on time or trim your set if late, not the headliner’s time. The place had a ten pm Sunday curfew.

Clover def had a great attitude in that they showed up early, didn’t care if they opened and hit the stage fast and furiously. That’s what is up.

(Update: Day or two later I heard some more details and a counter point of view. I def got up on wrong side bed the morning I wrote this and was perhaps harsher than I needed to be. I heard a few conflicting versions of events a day or so later and it seems the HT dudes weren’t as willfully shady as I had thought. Maybe I just don’t trust any humans? No, what I wrote above was based on an early, incomplete account someone told me for the delay, etc. Also, checking out Heavy Traffic’s music more I am really enjoying “Negative Green”, so go ahead and give them a fair shake HERE. Their sound is actually pretty cool and psych influenced).

Anyway, all in all it was still a wonderful night and SubRosa’s energy was beyond fantastic. A dude from The Ditch & The Delta filled in on bass and SR played as a four piece as Kim is pregnant and not out on this tour as a result, but the band were still electric and potent.

Photos BELOW.

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Heavy Traffic

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SubRosa (Ditch + The Delta)

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  1. mayorgreen
    mayorGreen9/20/2017 8:12 AM | Permalink

    hey morgan , this is tav (forest gump) from heavy traffic. we want to apologize for upsetting you and feel really shitty about ruining your night. we were surprised to see this after receiving so much positive feedback that night. in the interest of being transparent there are a few things we’d like to clarify that you may or may not have been aware of:

    1. we were initially asked, and always had been scheduled to play third, but would have been happy with any of the spots that the promoter would have offered us; we did not show up late and claim another bands spot as was implied

    2. the door time was pushed back from five to six the day before the show , we were not given any more details or reason as to why but since we saw witchkiss telling people in fb their set time was now 7.45 , which we were told was our set time initially, we made the mistake of assuming load time and set times were pushed back as well and that the show was intending to run past 10p

    3. no one was managing set times or telling us how long to play before out set or even made us aware of the 10p curfew. we cut out set down to a half hour from the 40 mins we were initially asked to play, but could and would have certainly cut it down more at anyones request.

    we take full responsibility for showing up later than we had planned and should have known that an estimated 1.5h drive from the city could easily turn in to 2.5hr with traffic. fortunately we were able to make it to the venue well before the show started, around door time and able to watch every band. i would be happy to offer you my ticket for the subrosa show tonight in brooklyn if you are interested , or if you already have one , maybe i can buy you a beer and we can smoke a joint together .

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