THE Blood TOUR
W/ AFI, and the Chain Gang of 1974 ♦ 02/01/17 - The Danforth - Toronto, ON
Photos and Review from the Blood Tour featuring AFI and the Chain Gang of 1974 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Ontario on February 1st, 2017. All photos by Logan Reid.
Every now and then I see a band that I simply don't know what I've just witnessed until after the fact as I reflect upon it. To put things very simply, AFI put on an absolutely fantastic show. There is a certain charisma that band's display on the stage I don't really know how to explain. They simply knew that they owned the stage. While of course drummer Adam Carson couldn't move around behind his kit, guitarists Hunter Burgan and Jade Puget along with vocalist Davey Havok brought an insane amount of energy to the venue. While they weren't standing still, they also didn't have to be running chaotic all over the stage to show their presence. Albeit, Davey Havok would come out and do a head-walk over some of the crowd while performing I Hope You Suffer. Being a band that does change their setlist each night, I wasn't too sure what I would be hearing considering this band has been making music longer than I've been alive, but I'd definitely think it's safe to say that fans from nearly every era of this band were happy. While only playing songs from their 2000 release The Art of Drowning and beyond, there was about an equal amount of songs performed from each of these album cycles including some of their new songs from their most recent self-titled album including Aurelia, Dumb Kids, and Snow Cats. Overall this easily goes down as one of the best performances I've ever seen, even if I admittingly didn't know half of the songs performed.
The CHain Gang of 1974
For the Chain Gang of 1974, this is one of those bands who I, unfortunately, file under "I had never heard a single song of theirs before this show." When it comes down to bands such as these, I never know what to write about them other than simply falling into cliches about how they sounded alright or the crowd seemingly enjoyed it. While all of that is true and applies to the Chain Gang of 1974 as well, I want to comment on their stage presence. While falling under the alternative category, I'd say a lot of the songs performed had an almost mellow sound yet that didn't stop the active touring guitarist and bassist from rocking out and adding a bounce per say to each song, this of course in addition to vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kamtin Mohager bringing a dramatic performance himself.