What better way to kick off the Christmas season in St. Louis than at the Ho-Ho Show (presented by KPNT 105.7 The Point)? The show took place December 5 at the Savvis Center and this year’s lineup featured Smile Empty Soul, Thrice, Thursday, the Deftones, and Jane’s Addiction.
Smile Empty Soul kicked off the night performing songs from their self-titled debut album (Lava Records) released earlier this year, making the most of their short set. Sean Danielsen (lead vocals, guitar) really let loose while Derrick Gledhill (drums) and Ryan Martin (bass) kept it all together. The crowd went especially crazy for the radio favorites “Bottom Of A Bottle” and “Nowhere Kid”. Pick up their CD in record stores now!
Next up was Thrice and then Thursday. Pretty much the same sets from their earlier tours this year with Coheed and Cambria, you can read past NT reviews for specifics. The only real difference this time around was the length of their sets, shortened to about 20-30 minutes each. Even with a shorter time frame, both bands put on amazing shows.
The Deftones, having been around since 1988, have accumulated quite a fan base. It seemed everyone was waiting for them. To their fans’ delight, they started off their set with their hit single “Minerva”, and played mostly songs off their new self-titled album [Maverick Records]. To call the Deftones unique would be a mere understatement. From Stephen Carpenter’s screeching guitars to Abe Cunningham’s crashing drums to the trademark howl of frontman Chino Moreno, they definitely have a lasting sound that is all their own.
To finish off this year’s Ho-Ho Show was none other than Jane’s Addiction. Making their appearance into the music scene around the same time as the Deftones, Jane’s Addiction altered modern rock with a combination of howling guitars, funky bass, and deluded imagery. There is no mistaking Perry Farrell’s patented vocals (similar to that of a nasal goose, or a banshee, some might say) or Dave Navarro’s phenomenal guitar playing. Either you love them or you hate them. The band performed songs off their phenomenal new album Strays [Capitol Records], Jane’s first studio release in thirteen years, and mixed in some older hits here and there such as “Been Caught Stealing” and “Jane Says”.
Who says Christmas carols are needed to get festive on a cold winter’s night?