Never a band to rest on its laurels, In This Moment added another trek to its string of San Antonio visits Saturday when the All-Stars tour played at Backstage Live. Following their blistering, but short, outdoors set, singer Maria Brink and lead guitarist Chris Howorth took time out for an exclusive interview (see video, left).
In This Moment’s five-song, 30-minute output featured some of their heaviest material to date: “Next Life,” “Just Drive,” “Standing Alone,” “Gunshow” and traditional closer “Daddy’s Falling Angel,” where Brink sings from the soundboard while surrounded by a large mosh pit that morphs into the Wall of Death (see video).
The SAMME had spoken to Brink by phone before the band’s first headlining appearance in Dec. 2009 and again in July 2010, the week before A Star-Crossed Wasteland‘s release. Click on those “Suggested” links below for Brink’s take on her interview for “Playboy,” how her relationship with then-DevilDriver bassist Jonathan Miller fueled some of the lyrics on the latest album, why she wasn’t (and still isn’t) comfortable headlining, what it’s like being in a band with four guys and much more. Saturday’s interview touched on fresher topics.
Another 100-degree day greeted 25 bands that split time between one indoor and one outdoor stage. A slew of teens and 20-somethings braved the heat as part of a 10-hour festival comprised mostly of metalcore bands (view slideshow to the left).
Music came from the likes of Norma Jean, which played the White Rabbit in February (view interview with singer Cory Brandan at the link below); Iwrestledabearonce (you gotta like a hardcore band that fuses jazz and showtunes and ends with a song called “Tastes like Kevin Bacon”); Christian act For Today; The Ghost Inside, and the most appropriately named group of the day Texas In July (who hail from Pennsylvania).
Helping to set the tone for the show was a message on the Facebook page of Iwrestledabearonce following the first two dates of the tour’s Texas kickoff: “Houston and McAllen! We love you. Shows were both awesome! San Antonio is always the most violent/delightful pits ever, though. Stoked for tomorrow!”
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