Concert review: Preoccupations

Written by Justin Eulalio

  Courtesy of Consequence of Sound

Courtesy of Consequence of Sound

 

Drowning organs pinging back and forth echoed the wall of Thalia Hall and filled the gaps between shoulders. The screech of distorted synth noises, and the steady tempo of the bass drum and floor tom built up the anticipation lingering amongst the crowd. There was not much time to question what was next, because the presence of everyone is soon surrounded by the overwhelmingly power of Matt Flegel’s vocals.

 

Preoccupations opened their set with their first single “Anxiety” off of their recent sophomore self-titled album. It was a powerful opening that eased the crowd into the almost cinematic journey we would all experience.

 

Without hesitation, they transitioned in-sync to the fast paced trek of a song “Silhouettes.” It’s one of their songs that turns first time listeners on, and can either make or break them into a fan. But to the people that were already won over by Preoccupations, this just fueled the hype of the show.

 

On multiple occasions, I had to snap myself out of being completely captivated by their performance. Mike Wallace—the man piloting the drum kit—plays so intricately, yet his comfortability is recognizable to any person that glances his way. He makes the stage his own. Watching solely him striking his drums in rhythmic chaos is a show all by itself. It’s was definitely something I had a very difficult time taking my eyes and ears off of.

 

He makes the stage his own. Watching solely him striking his drums in rhythmic chaos is a show all by itself. It’s was definitely something I had a very difficult time taking my eyes and ears off of.

Preoccupations delivered, playing classics off of their debut Viet Cong such as “March of Progress” and “Continental Shelf.” Unfortunately, they didn’t go as deep as playing tracks off of their EP Cassette. Which was disappointing, but definitely not anything that left me dissatisfied.

 

The way the band performed their new singles such as “Memory” and “Degraded” were so true to their recorded version. And for the spectators in the booths around me, I could see the noticeable grins on their faces. This only reassured me that I was not the only one feeling what was being presented to all of us.

 

As expected, they closed with their epic, and my all-time favorite, “Death.” From the time the guitars started playing, to the last cymbal strike, the song spanned for easily 20 minutes. Provoking cheers hands being raised constantly throughout it all. “Death” is a song that is the end of all ends. THE Finale. It’s power and progressions keeps everyone involved for the whole duration, and at the end of it, you felt like it only just began.

 

As they walked off the stage, the cheering only grew. But it wasn’t with the intention of asking for more—one more song, an encore. No. It was truly to congratulate all four of them on the experience and the unforgettable show they granted us all with.  

 

Listen to Preoccupation's newest album, Preoccupations, here:

 

 

Thumbnail photo courtesy of grimygoods.com. Contact Justin by email at justin_eulalio_thomas@yahoo.com.