Every Time I Die came back to its native Buffalo for the first of four sold out shows at the Waiting Room on Thursday, and the band did not come to waste time.
Two shows were slated for the day, the first of which kicked off at 7 p.m. With the impending need to clear the room and get ready for the second show, you’d think ETID would’ve gone easy on the early gig, conserved energy, and perhaps cut the encore.
If you know the band, then you also know that they roll hard and heavy, take no prisoners, and leave the stage covered in sweat, no matter what the gig, be it major UK festival or small hometown club show. The band’s annual Christmas gigs are legendary, though, and so we might reasonably expect an “above and beyond”-type performance.
We got one.
With singer Keith Buckley dressed as a metalcore Santa, and the rest of the band – guitarist Jordan Buckley, guitarist Andy Williams, bassist Stephen Micciche, and drummer Daniel Davison – duly outfitted as Santa’s elves, ETID backed up singer Keith’s claim that “It’s an absolute honor to say that we are Every Time I Die, from Buffalo, New York.”
ETID was in the UK earlier this week, wrapping up an overseas tour behind its “Low Teens” album. Jet lag was not in evidence. The Buckleys walked on stage and kicked into “Bridges,” and it was on – an instant mosh pit at the Waiting Room, a frantic but friendly stage diving scenario, and a lockstep banging of the heads of the full house.
A major force in the world of modern metal, ETID is a name respected around the world. Buffalo was offered an altered set list in comparison to the show that ETID played throughout its UK and European tour, and there were many shout-outs to friends and family, as well as to fans who’d traveled from various other cities to take in the Christmas show – among them a dude named Josh, who’d flown in from Australia, and was called up on the stage to say hello.
Of course, once you’re on ETID’s stage, there’s only one way off, and it ain’t the stairs. Josh knew the drill. Throughout, fans were welcomed onto the bandstand, and they left it by stage-diving into the welcoming arms of the assembled. All of this hit its peak when the band welcomed what looked like 50 people onto the stage for the encore.
The Buckleys and their ETID cohorts are by this point widely acknowledged as one of the most significant bands in modern metal.
Thursday’s show was a treat for all of us who have known for years just how mighty this band is.
Every Time I Die plays the Waiting Room on Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Both shows are sold out.