This Saturday was Sinking Ships Episode I - Baltimore Invades Burtonsville at Chapalas, a succession of shows from the kids who brought you Thug Mansion, Scumbag Nation, The Get Down, The Kennel and the Stronghold Series. If you've survived this night, you know how brutal it was.
Whenskiesaregray set the stage with Charm City fury. Singer & guitarist Brandon Winter's merciless vocals fused with Mike Harker's ripping guitar & detonating drumming by Jon Cole led the charge for bassist Jaysin Thompson's last show. This post-hardcore band is looking for a bassist, so contact them and join the ranks if you're interested.
Packing their own brand of screamo/post-hardcore, Hyattsville's own Voyage in Coma knocks the audience back with their surging wave of sound. Heartwrentching lyrics are screamed by vocalist Steven Kroll and reveal the darker side of the human experience. Guitarist Henry Mills, also known in the DC area for his powerful and political poetry, guitarist Ryan Carmody, and drummer Billy Saunders amalgamate volumes of intimate complexity with their new bassist, David Krasner. These guys are unyielding, interlacing hard hitting songs that blast ahead and pause for brief moments of refreshing clear tones.
Voyage in Coma is undoubtedly one of my favorite bands and they're releasing their album, You Appear Alongside Me, in May 2011. Until then you can download their first track, Predation for free. You can thank me later, it's the gift that keeps on giving.
Life is too short to not be captured.