Once again, Die Trying refuses to disappoint! The Sacramento boys were back in St. Louis July 3 at Mississippi Nights along with AnchondO and the Brews. Before reviewing the shows, let’s just say that 105.7 (the Point) did no favors for any of these up-and-comers, and the poor turnout for the show made that more than obvious. For those of you who missed it, learn a lesson and catch these guys the next time they’re in town.
AnchondO took the stage first and should be given props for playing their hearts out to the twenty-five people watching the show. The boys (Hector: vocals and lead guitar, Big G: backup vocals and rhythm guitar, Justin: back-up vocals and bass, and Alex: drums) are from Omaha, Nebraska and their sound blends rock, ska, reggae, and Latin into a sound all their own.
Next up was St. Louis’s own, the Brews. Luckily the crowd had doubled by this time and it’s a good thing, because those guys rock! Their set was impressive and the merch booth sales were hopping. Lead singer Robbie’s energetic antics worked the small crowd into frenzy. It got especially wild when they performed their punk cover of Madonna’s “Just Like A Prayer”. This band is one to watch for and you can catch them next at their upcoming CD release party August 9 at Pop’s in Sauget.
Die Trying was last, returning to St. Louis notably smoother and more confident since their first show here at Pop’s in April. The size of the crowd (only a hundred people or so by this time) didn’t seem to faze them in the least. The reason for that could lie in the overwhelming support radiating from the audience. Their delivery on “Oxygen’s Gone” almost made me forget how few people were actually there. Jassen (lead vocals) claiming he was “too embarrassed” to perform “Dirrty, Dirrty,” wanted to surprise the crowd by performing an unreleased song as the last song in the set. However, objections from Jack (lead guitar) and the audience won out and “Dirrty, Dirrty” was performed instead. Although I was glad to hear it, I can’t help but feel a little ripped off. I wish they’d played both. Despite the low numbers, both the band and the audience gave all they had. Die Trying’s debut album Die Trying [Island/Def Jam Records]is available in stores now.