Friday, May 7, 2010

Show Review - Cymbals Eat Guitars - Brillobox - Pittsburgh

Cymbals Eat Guitars played a ear pounding show this past Monday at the Brillobox. Before the set lead Joseph D’Agostino announced to the crowd that ear plugs were available at the merch table. With that CEG launched into "...And the Hazy Sea" simply tearing up their instruments. Usually when an act plays the first song it's to get the crowd involved. CEG, however, treated this as their last song of the night by just simply killing it wit their energy and intensity. I was wondering if they were going to be able to keep this ferociousness up for the rest of the night which (to my delight) they did. D’Agostino really draws your attention with his constant motion on the guitar and soaked drenched shirt. He definitely held the crowd's attention even though he didn't use much banter. He was playing every song as if it were his last.

A majority of the songs they played were off their first lp Where There Are Mountains. They played a couple of new tunes as well which sounded pretty good on first listen. Each song they played was more like an anthem with no real end. The 3-4 minute tune off the album was stretched out to over 5-7. It was a spectacle to witness. Their quieter moments were still turned up to a decimal splitting level which never stopped. At times I could barely make out the keyboards over the drums and guitars. But if you really listened they were there.

Some in the crowd began to get a bit frisky making bird sounds between songs. They were definitely having a good time but bordered on annoying the band. At one time D’Agostino heard something from the group and asked, "What the f* did you just say?" before launching into another. It was definitely one of the better shows I have seen this year. If you see them be sure to wear earplugs.