For those who spent a majority of the day searing in 96-degree heat at Sunday’s Lamb of God concert at Sunken Garden Theater that also featured Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed and 3 Inches of Blood, the coziness of Scout Bar was a threefold breath of fresh air:
It provided an air conditioned sanctuary. In This Moment was headlining. And fans at the first show could attend for free with their ticket stub.
In This Moment took the stage at 12:05 a.m. The California band is no stranger to San Antonio, this being its sixth visit since the 2007 Ozzfest. Half of those shows have come in the past 13 months, but Sunday night’s was the first headline gig in support of third album A Star-Crossed Wasteland, released July 13.
With In This Moment and their Sunday predecessors playing a day after having ended their stint on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, the Scout Bar show had more of an afterparty feel than an In This Moment concert. The band played only 45 minutes, with five of its nine songs making their live San Antonio debut off the latest CD.
No one was complaining, however. Not with singer Maria Brink giving her usual passionately stellar performance, and guitarist Chris Howorth and no-longer-interim bassist Kyle Konkiel belting out rarely heard background vocals along with their normal solid instrumentation. Guitarist Blake Bunzel held down the fort on the opposite side of the stage, and drummer Jeff Fabb gave each song some extra oomph behind the skins.
The group opened with “Just Drive” (see video below). But ITM didn’t perform arguably the strongest song off A Star-Crossed Wasteland, “The Promise,” a duet that Brink performs with Otherwise singer Adrian Patrick. Considering that Patrick performed the song with the group throughout Mayhem and will continue to do so this week when Otherwise opens select shows for ITM, his absence Sunday night was a disappointment.
In This Moment ended with traditional heavy favorite “Daddy’s Falling Angel” off debut album Beautiful Tragedy. But unlike their previous Scout Bar headline appearance last Dec. 10, the band didn’t perform the song in the middle of the floor and instruct fans to run or mosh politely — if there’s such a thing — in a circle around them. And unlike the previous two trips to Scout Bar, the band didn’t come out for a meet-and-greet afterwards — though Fabb did sign a few autographs on stage while helping to pack the gear.
But those things could hardly be categorized as shortcomings. Having seen all six of their San Antonio visits, it’s safe to say In This Moment always delivers an energetic show that emphasizes quality over quantity and that they strengthen as a band every time out.
You can bet they’ll show their love for San Antonio again sooner than later.
Set list: Just Drive, Blazin, Forever, Standing Alone, Beautiful Tragedy, Iron Army, Prayers, Gun Show, Daddy’s Falling Angel
Read my recent interview with Brink here.
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