Concert review: Otherwise rocks Grizzly Rock
Posted on November 2, 2012
Talk about a rock n roll show done right!
Friday was a great rock n roll show at Grizzly Rock with Otherwise, Rev Theory and local Denver band Lost Point opening the show, who without a doubt fit right in with the two aforementioned bands. Not only did Lost Point play a great set but they kept the crowd entertained and started the night off right.
Lost Point started out the night and Rev Theory ended it, but Otherwise was the sweet, sweet goodness between two tasty sets of rock n roll.
Otherwise hit the stage, ruthlessly pounding out a set of hard driving, yet radio friendly rock n roll that got the crowd at Grizzly Rock pulsating with excitement. From the moment Otherwise stepped on stage they had the crowd wrapped and they knew it. People were throwing up the horns and singing along, and although the “Rock” wasn’t filled
to capacity the respectably sized crowd showed their love with some unbelievably loud cheering and shouting. The guys in Otherwise fed off the crowd’s excitement and vice versa and as the night went on it got even more frenzied on and off the stage.
There are a lot of people out there that haven’t heard the album “True Love Never Dies” yet, with the exception of “I Don’t Apologize” and “Soldiers” and this was a great way for everyone to get introduced to the other songs on the album.
Bald head gleaming under the stage lights, Adrian lit into his vocals like a man possessed. He seriously threw down; jumping all over the place while singing every song with everything he could muster, which as it turns out is quite a lot. If you’ve ever seen Adrian sing in a live setting then you know he can open that mouth wide as hell……like he’s trying to swallow the stage. But it’s fitting because the voice that comes out of that mouth is also big…..and it carries.
While Adrian was belting his heart out the band was doing its part to keep things rockin’ as well.
Through “Die For You”, “Vegas Girl”, and “I Don’t Apologize” the dual guitars were smokin’, but eyes were mostly on Ryan as he whipped his mane of brown/black hair back and forth recalling the guitar gods of old. That dude is crazy good on his axe and he shows a lot of feeling while playing as does the rest of the band.
One thing you can say about Otherwise is they are a passionate band when it comes to their music. Everyone in that band plays like they truly enjoy what they do and it comes across in their actions and the way they rock out on stage. There is a reason this band is poised to climb the rock n roll ladder to the top. They embrace everything it means to be a rock band including the appreciation from the fans. Yeah, they write great music and kill it on stage, but when a band realizes that it is the fans that put them where they are, they make sure to give those fans an excellent show each and every night and that is exactly what Otherwise did.
Through their whole set the songs were tight, Adrian’s voice soared, the guitars screamed, the bass thumped and Corky’s drumming and backing vocals were top notch. There really is not one bad thing I can say about this dynamic band. The crowd interaction was there and didn’t seem fake or practiced either like some bands I have seen in the past. Of course, as is in every rock show, middle fingers were displayed proudly through many of the songs. Adrian would hold his up and in return the screaming crowd would salute him right back.
As Otherwise played tune after tune, some known – some not, you could see people gearing up and getting ready for the song that must come at the end of the set. Since “I Don’t Apologize” had already been played, and is much too slow to end the set with anyway the last song must be “Soldiers” and everyone knew it. No disrespect to Otherwise but that is, after all, the song that made them.
As soon as “Soldiers” started the crowd took a collective breath and as Adrian opened his mouth to sing the first words the crowd unleashed. “It’s time to strap our boots on, this is the perfect day to die”, sang just about
everyone at the show at full volume. But they didn’t stop there. Just about everyone on the floor sang the entire song word for word, matching Adrian in intensity and volume, all while holding their horns high. As the last notes of the song rang out the crowd erupted in cheers and applause for the killer set Otherwise had just unleashed on us. It wasn’t a good set…..it wasn’t even a great set. It was an amazing, electrifying set, and I for one can’t wait for them to come back.
In a nutshell an Otherwise show is everything a rock n roll show should be. It’s loud and exciting, full of driving rhythms that grab you by the skull forcing your head back and forth like it’s on a well-oiled joint while distorted guitars attempt to rattle the teeth from your gums, drums try to punch sonic holes through your chest and vocals that straight up make your jaw drop.
No two ways about it. To see an Otherwise show is to know these guys will be around for years rocking the hell out. When it comes to rock they are our soldiers fighting on the front line to make sure rock n roll is brought to the masses and not forgotten or put on a shelf while pop rules the world.
If you’re a rocker and an Otherwise show doesn’t do it for ya, I’m sorry to say that there is probably no hope for you. But check out their show when they come around your neck of the woods, and when they start jamming “Soldiers” sing along, I promise you won’t be the only one. Hell, you might even have a good….no, great time. I know I did!
Click HERE to check out our interview with Corky and Adrian from Otherwise on Youtube!
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Otherwise on stage at the Grizzly Rock. Photo by Paul Edmisson
Adrian Patrick of Otherwise. Photo by Paul Edmisson
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