Thursday, July 18, 2002 @ 1:22 PM
Earshot Wreaks Havoc In Tallah
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REVIEW BY: Bad14U
Wow! The Fourth of July in Tallahassee! If you are familiar with T-town you know that the Fourth of July means it's time for the Celebrate America event that takes place every year on the fourth, and the venue is none other than Tom Brown Park. The bands that are playing... two fucking country bands that you couldn't pay me to go watch or listen to! Tallahassee is known for bringing in shitty bands for the Fourth.
On the other side of town is a little venue that is known for bringing in a good band every now and then. The place is Floyd's. If it sounds familiar, that's because it is the place where Creed was discovered. Putting that aside, tonight’s mood was set because it is Independence Day and there are some bands playing in town that are a far cry from any country band. The bands are Ludlow, Big Empty and the headliner Earshot.
The first band to play was Ludlow. Once you hear them the first thing that comes to mind is, well, they sound like Tool. Musically that is! The band was tight, yet the vocals were monotone and never stood out. I couldn't tell whether the guy was singing or talking. The second band to play is Big Empty. They start their show and once again I think of another band. This time the band sounds like Buckcherry, musically and vocally. Hell, the singer even looks like Joshua Todd. Now I'm stuck with the thought that every band that is here tonight is a knockoff from another band. I say that only because what I've heard about Earshot is that they sound like Tool as well.
Finally it is time for Earshot. The lights are dim, yet there is enough light coming from the neon beer signs to keep the place from being pitch black. As I look around I can tell that there is a good crowd. A good crowd for Floyd's is somewhere between 300 and 400 people and they most definitely have that and then some. The movement from the guys taking the stage brings my focus back to Earshot. As the drums start to rumble and the guitars start to squeal with feedback, the crowd is coming to life. The lights start to light up the stage and the first thing I see is the hand that beams from the front of the kick drum. It is a hand in true rock form with index finger and pinky giving the rock salute. Best of all, the hand is done with stars and stripes, letting everyone know that we are free to rock are asses off. As Earshot starts to play, I do think of Tool, but not exactly. They are similar to Tool on certain songs, but on others they have their own quality about them. On tracks like “Headstrong,” “Misery,” “Getaway,” and “Ordinary Girl,” the last thing on anyone’s mind is the similarity to Tool. We came to rock regardless, and celebrate our independence, and that's exactly what we did.
Will Martin, on vocals, played the crowd like he owned them and for tonight he did. Will would high five and shake the out stretched hands, giving everyone their moment in the spotlight. On the most popular song, “Getaway,” the crowd would sing along and the lucky ones up front even had the chance to sing into the mic. The band was tight and the sound was definitely clean and clear. Yes, they were similar to Tool. Similar meaning that Earshot was a great band and the vocals were understandable. Too many times, a band just starting out doesn't have the quality, sound or clarity like a big name band, such as Tool, but Earshot has it. To say that they sound like Tool means that they will probably continue to rock their asses off and win over new fans at every show, just like they did with me. Happy Fourth of July, America!!!