It came as quite the surprise when South Dakota's indie-rock band, the Spill Canvas, stole the show from Buffalo's own This Day and Age during an all-ages bill Saturday night at the Buffalo Icon.
Backing up the headliners (the show also featured up-and-comers Mashlin) on the 111 Records Tour, Spill Canvas opened the show with "Lust a Prima Vista" off their latest release, "One Fell Swoop." Despite the illness of singer/guitarist Nick Thomas, he managed to put on a good show for everyone.
The band did a fine job balancing the show with older favorites such as "The Tide," as well as tracks off their latest album including "Staplegunned" and "Secret Oath." Though his voice cracked a bit, Thomas nailed the vocals, and the instrumentation was everything fans had come to expect.
The throng packed inside the Icon sang along, silhouetted by digital cameras flashing every few seconds.
Saving the best for last, Thomas and crew drew from a deep well of emotion, and closed the set with the breakthrough hit, "All Hail the Heartbreaker." The crowd was exuberant, and the applause was deafening.
After the passionate set, Thomas could be found mingling with fans. It was clear that the band deeply appreciated the positive reception of their loyal fans. The intimate setting of the Icon helped create a particularly friendly atmosphere, and band members could walk amongst the audience, watching the other sets.
I was able to catch a few words with Thomas, who was ever-so-friendly despite his illness, and stressed the importance of not giving up as a message to all those aspiring musicians out there.
When This Day And Age took the stage, the crowd erupted as colorful lights danced round the room. Probably most noteworthy was their eagerness to incorporate the crowd, urging them to sing along to current single, "Slideshow."
Members of Thin Dark Line mingled with the crowd promoting their forthcoming album.
Local band Believe in You opened the show.
Steffany Kurilovitch is a freshman at Niagara University.